In case you haven’t already heard the news, the year 2012 will mark the end of Star Wars Galaxies, as SOE finally puts the poor, mistreated MMO out of its misery. The few veterans that remain will surely be sad to see it go, and even I will admit that this news made me feel strangely sad, even though I haven’t actually played the game for many years now. It’s not so much that I will miss Galaxies, or believe that it should press on toward the next expansion, but part of me will always remember the glory days before the dreaded Combat Upgrade of 2005. In fact, Galaxies was the very first MMO that I ever played (having never been fortunate enough to take part in the original Ever Quest) and there will always be a special place for it in my heart. Mortis, are you out there somewhere buddy?
Often times, the only thing worse than watching a game fail from the get-go, is to see a game that was once great turn into a disappointment. Even if you were a fan of the changes made with the Combat Upgrade patch or others like it, you have to admit that it wasn’t the best idea to completely change the game, when many fans were content with the way it was (except perhaps for some balance issues in the PvP system). It was SOE’s betrayal with Galaxies that made me timid to ever trust them again, and considering how practically every single one of their games is now in the slumps, it would appear that I was wise to be apprehensive. Everything that SOE has put out over the years, from The Matrix Online to DC Universe online, has been a major disappointment; and sadly, I have tried them all. Ever Quest will always be looked upon as a wondrous achievement in virtual innovation, but I fear Star Wars Galaxies will not be remembered in the same light.
I doubt it’s a coincidence that Galaxies is closing down just as the highly anticipated ‘Star Wars The Old Republic’ prepares to make it’s debut in the late half of this year, but it’s strange to think back to a time when Galaxies was receiving a similar amount of hype just before its release. In the long run, Sony failed to create the ultimate Star Wars experience for online gamers in spite of it’s efforts. Will Bioware be doomed to the same fate? Let us hope not!
So while yes, part of me is sad to see Star Wars Galaxies thrown into the trash compactor, I also say bring on the new. Will you be sad to see Galaxies go, or do you think it should have happened earlier? If you played it in the past, what thoughts arise as you consider its end?