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Sony to Kill Half of Its Star Wars Servers

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Sony Online Entertainment is killing off 12 Star Wars Galaxies servers.

Is it a sign of the times, or has the rocky history of Star Wars Galaxy finally caught up with the MMORPG? According to this official forum post, Sony Online Entertainment plans to gather a garrison of Stormtroopers and terminate twelve of the game's twenty-five servers execution style, killing off just under half of the entire SWG subscriber network. Apparently, the shutdown has been extended due to SOE's "overwhelming success" with the recent Free Character Transfer Service.

"In accordance with the server closure date, the Free Character Transfer service has been extended through October 15. 2009," SOE said in its official announcement. "Between September 15, 2009 and October 15, 2009 at 4:59 PM PT all characters on the affected servers are eligible for a one way, one time Free Character Transfer to any of the remaining thirteen (13) Star Wars Galaxies servers. After October 15, 2009 at 5:00 PM PT, any characters and their associated items and structures remaining on the identified servers being closed will no longer be accessible on your Star Wars Galaxies or Station Access account."

Sony said that character creation will be disabled on the servers due for termination effective immediately (September 15, 2009 at 4:00 AM PDT). For those not wanting to click on the forum link, here's the list of servers SOE will shut down next month:

  • Corbantis
  • Europe-Infinity
  • Intrepid
  • Kauri
  • Kettemoor
  • Lowca
  • Naritus
  • Scylla
  • Tarquinas
  • Tempest
  • Valcyn
  • Wanderhome

Star Wars Galaxies currently costs a monthly subscription fee of $14.99 USD, although SOE offers discounts for 3-month, 6-month, and 12-month block payments. SOE also offers a 14-day free trial for the uninitiated. You really, really want to play this game; you are SOE's only hope.

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    webbwbb , September 16, 2009 12:48 AM
    It's sad to see the old go but kind of inevitable with all of thier changes. Pre-CU is still available free and legally at http://swgemu.com We have nearly 100,000 registered members. We actually just finished testing a major patch that has made its way onto the public test server.
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    ColMirage , September 16, 2009 12:50 AM
    I wish SOE wouldn't have gave up on Planetside. Sigh, such an awesome game.
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    Montezuma , September 16, 2009 12:53 AM
    I started playing SWG during its initial beta. I am not a huge Star Wars buff, but I do enjoy the movies and did enjoy the game a little. After the game went retail, my interest dropped drastically and I went back to the other MMOs I was already playing.

    I was just wondering if SWG was still going and I admit that I am surprised that it is. I figure SWG might fall victim to the same fate as MxO and other MMOs with dwindling numbers. Even though most of those were not that great, it is sad to see a game get shut down.
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    El_Capitan , September 16, 2009 12:56 AM
    I played for the first 3 months on the Ahazi server, it was pretty fun at the beginning. Was looking forward to patches and gameplay as well as bug fixes, but instead, it got worse... and worse... and worse.
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    Hellbound , September 16, 2009 1:17 AM
    I still play it. I'm on Bria.
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    IronRyan21 , September 16, 2009 1:27 AM
    Yawn..........
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    icepick314 , September 16, 2009 1:34 AM
    once SW: Old Republic goes online, i doubt SW: Galaxies will survive much longer...
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    falchard , September 16, 2009 2:09 AM
    SOE is braindead. They still think they can charge $14.99 for the majority of their titles. Not 1 of their titles is worthy of that monthly cost. Any halfwit would have reduced prices to 12.99 or even below $10. However, John Smedley is one of the biggest retards allowed to run a publishing studio. How this guy keeps his job is a mystery.
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    captaincharisma , September 16, 2009 2:24 AM
    falchardSOE is braindead. They still think they can charge $14.99 for the majority of their titles. Not 1 of their titles is worthy of that monthly cost. Any halfwit would have reduced prices to 12.99 or even below $10. However, John Smedley is one of the biggest retards allowed to run a publishing studio. How this guy keeps his job is a mystery.


    anyone with common sense wouldn't even go buy an expensive game when they know they would have to continue paying for it on a monthly basis
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    JonathanDeane , September 16, 2009 2:26 AM
    There was a disturbance in the force as if a 100 users where moved to different server... Hehehehe just kidding I am sure it was more then that but I know the game has not really been a mega hit. Maybe they should just rip off WoW and change it all too Star Wars stuff.
    I think SciFi games are going to be hard to make into an MMO unless they can ditch the level grind and switch to other motives to get people to play.
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    Darkk , September 16, 2009 2:36 AM
    inevitable with all of thier changes. Pre-CU is still available free and legally at http://swgemu.com We have nearly 100,000 registered members. We actually just finished testing a major patch that has made its way onto the public test server.[/citation]

    UUmm.. I think ya better fix your webserver....

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    You don't have permission to access / on this server.

    Additionally, a 500 Internal Server Error error was encountered while trying to use an ErrorDocument to handle the request.
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    fuser , September 16, 2009 2:55 AM
    If you're playing an MMO on a regular basis, then $14.99 is an entertainment bargain. Compare it to $60 console games that rarely give you 10 hours of game play ... total.

    I'm surprised they're deactivating accounts on old servers. When they did this with EQ2 they just merged players onto a different server.
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    webbwbb , September 16, 2009 3:02 AM
    We have been dealing with a DoS attack. Things should be restored to normal service now...
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    Darkk , September 16, 2009 3:07 AM
    Nope...still down...
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    Andraxxus , September 16, 2009 9:55 AM
    Why doesn't anyone use the force to make them change their minds.
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    trinix , September 16, 2009 12:08 PM
    It's quite funny that you call SOE one of the worst companies out there. Sure their success in recent years have been far below WoW and other titles, but if you like the titles they have, it's more rewarding to play their game over the oversimplified world of WoW or the supergrinds like Lineage2.

    In the end they do give good service for that 14.99 price. They also offer a good plan for 29.99 I think for the station pass, that will give you access to all their games and you can buy all the games really cheap too.

    MMOs aren't that expansive, especially the monthly fee isn't much, when you consider games at 40+ bucks on the pc or 60+ on the console that gives you 10 hour pleasure. 1 night in the bar that cost you 5x as much (unless you are a leecher, who drinks from his friends). Any hobby costs you more per month than a MMO. Everyone always complains about the monthly fee, but forget that 14.99 is almost nothing, when compared to other things they open their wallet for with no second thought.
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    asjflask , September 16, 2009 12:23 PM
    SWG used to be $12.99 a month, I don't know when they went up on the price. I played on 3 servers and I see them all listed there. The game was great for the first two years, after that it just went downhill. The bugs got worse, they didn't fix problems, there were numerous ways to exploit the game, and if you reported the exploiters you were ignored. I can't say that I'll be sad to see this game go bankrupt. Thank God for Star Wars: The Old Republic. I hope SOE refrains from making anymore Star Wars MMO's. George Lucas if you're reading, let a company like Blizzard have the next Star Wars MMO in a few years.
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    jellico , September 16, 2009 1:31 PM
    I think Sony executed their servers a long time ago with all of the changes that they made.

    WEBBWBB: Thanks for the info on the pre-CU server, I'll definitely have to check that out!
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    burntham77 , September 16, 2009 2:09 PM
    They're deleting the characters?? That's pretty lame.
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    joebob2000 , September 16, 2009 2:49 PM
    I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced. I fear something terrible has happened (to the servers).
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