Star Wars Galaxies was a sci-fi MMORPG from Sony Online Entertainment and LucasArts initially released as Star Wars Galaxies: An Empire Divided. The game world consisted of several different planets borrowed from the fictional Star Wars universe with a timeline set between the Episode IV: A New Hope and Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back movies. During character creation, players could choose from ten different species and nine different primary professions, all of which were mentioned in various Star Wars media.
Players of Star Wars Galaxies could use their characters' skills and special abilities to attack targets, complete quests/missions, craft useful items, and/or entertain other players. The game offered the opportunity for players to meet famous Star Wars NPCs, travel in their own landspeeders, speeder bikes and swoops, control economies, earn fame and fortune (or infamy and notoriety), obtain rare items, artifacts and trinkets, and build, own and decorate their own structures, including houses, cantinas and guild halls. These structures could even be organized into entire cities run by players. The game received several expansions since its initial release, including Jump to Lightspeed, Rage of the Wookies, and Trials of Obi-Wan, all of which added additional features to the main game. These expansions were followed by the introduction of a trading card game in an update called Champions of the Force, with its own subsequent expansions. Star Wars Galaxies was shut down in December of 2011.
The Star Wars Galaxies EMU team is looking for a few good folks to keep the project up and running. These are volunteer positions mainly based in the community and support branches of the team. The blog post details some of the requirements, or considerations, for applying for the job so head over and see if you qualify!
The last in a series of articles by Raph Koster shedding a retrospective light on Star Wars Galaxies has been published. Titled "Did Star Wars Galaxies Fail?", Koster answers the question with "Well yes, of course. And also, no."
Raph Koster has updated his blog with a look at the dynamic world of Star Wars Galaxies. The post gives a detailed look at the complexities of creating a world from a design perspective.
Raph Koster's site is being updated frequently as he is taking questions on design decisions made on Star Wars Galaxies. Today's question is "What were the thoughts on Jedi and why were such drastic changes made in patch 9 to the entire system?"
Sony Online Entertainment President John Smedley, one who dearly loves to tease his followers, has released a pair of images that, while not explicitly stated as so, are probably from the game that Smed called "the spiritual successor to SWG". The pics indicate that the as-yet unannounced game will take place in a modern setting. What do you think?
During yesterday's AMA with SOE President John Smedley with specific regard to the recent game closures, Smed let loose that a new 'as yet unannounced' title is in the works and is dedicated to Star Wars Galaxies fans and former players.
The Story of the Week is all Star Wars, as The Old Republic opens its doors and Galaxies shuts its own. Read on for our brief thoughts and feel free to chime in with your own.
In the final Producer's Letter on the Star Wars Galaxies site, Tony "Teesquared" Tyson bids a heartfelt farewell to fans of the game that has now ceased operations much to the dismay of its fans.
As the final days of Star Wars Galaxies wind down and as the Galactic War ramps up, the dev team has posted details about how an ultimate 'winner' will be determined.
Star Wars Galaxies will be closing its doors for good in December 2011. In today's Player Perspectives, MMORPG.com's Isabelle Parsley bids adieu to SWG, a game that was one of her "defining games". Read Isabelle's thoughts about the final days of Star Wars Galaxies and her memories of the glory days. Add a comment or two of your own in the comments.