The announcement that Star Wars Galaxies would be coming to a close in December came as a shock to many fans. Since the announcement last month, fans have been doing everything that they can to try and convince SOE and LucasArts to save the game, some even calling for the game to continue using a free-to-play model.
SOE responded to fans last month and this week LucasArts responded to fans via a release to GamePro. Unsurprisingly, LucasArts is unchanged in their position and offered an explanation as to why they believe that a free-to-play switch for the game would not work at this point.
The decision to shut down the game has not been an easy one. SOE and LucasArts investigated every option to keep the game open, including taking it to a free to pay model. However, that model just isn't financially viable. Changing the business model for an experience like Star Wars Galaxies takes a major investment and overhauling of the existing infrastructure of the game. We're unfortunately at a point in our life cycle where a change of this magnitude is just not possible. The harsh reality is that we've reached a point where the game is no longer a sustainable business.
While titles such as Dungeons and Dragons Online, The Lord of the Rings Online and more recently, Age of Conan: Unchained, have had huge success with their free-to-play hybrid change, they were not facing competition from games of the same franchise. With Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures in full swing and the upcoming launch of BioWareÂs Star Wars: The Old Republic, LucasArts likely feels that a free-to-play continuation is not worth the risk.
Sad news yet again for SWG fans, but there are still several months left before the game officially becomes one with the Force. So head over and enjoy the final twilight months of SWG while you can.