Star Wars Galaxies isn’t dead — far, far from it actually. Earlier this week developer and caretaker Sony Online Entertainment announced that it plans to kill over ten servers because the MMO’s player base is so damn lively and energetic. And it was all a part of a glorious plan. Apparently, SOE has been allowing players to transfer their characters (for free) to other, more populated servers. As a result of the mass migration, SOE now has a license to pull the plug on the less populated servers.
But, oh no — plug-pulling is not a bad thing. This is Star Wars Galaxies we’re talking about here. Playing the MMO is like touching God’s face or watching a butterfly spread its wings for the first time. It’s beautiful and glorious and wonderful.
The servers — twelve total — will be killed on October 15th at 5 PM PDT. Thirteen servers will remain from the original amount. If you were wondering why exactly this is good news, check out this official statement:
“Due to the overwhelming success of the recent Free Character Transfer Service, we want to inform you that on October 15, 2009, at 5:00 PM PT, Sony Online Entertainment (SOE) will close the following 12 Star Wars Galaxies servers.”
“The Free Character Transfer Service launched earlier this year with the intention of allowing players to transfer to servers with more active communities, creating a more vibrant and memorable Star Wars Galaxies gaming experience. The Free Character Transfer Service was a phenomenal success, leaving the less active servers in an undesirable position. In order to help streamline the current and new user experience, we have made the decision to close the less active servers and focus on the thriving Star Wars Galaxies servers.”
The names of the servers — if this concerns you — is listed below the fold. We know all of you care deeply about this game, so be sure to check it out.
The not-so-dead but totally dying server list: