Star Wars Galaxies Overview
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.