Star Wars Galaxies is the best video game that I have ever played. While the MMO wasn’t without its flaws, the sandbox design led to the player feeling that they were living within the Star Wars Universe. This magical escapism was heightened by its spectacular community of roleplayers who enriched the gameplay with intricate adventures and long running storylines.
The level of customisation that was available in Star Wars Galaxies has never been matched by any other video game. Players were able to craft and detail every item imaginable including their own droids, harvesters, spaceship parts, homes and multiplayer cities. This extended to character creation which allowed players choose from thousands of individual options, making their avatar unique and personal to the player.
In many respects, Star Wars Galaxies was more of an experience than a box standard video game. It enabled the player to live and be whatever they wanted: a moisture farmer, a bounty hunter, an Imperial Stormtrooper, a Rebel spy, a droid, a cantina musician… the list goes on.
(In my case, it was the above Mandalorian that served as my Star Wars Galaxies character. He was the notorious bounty hunter Selorian, who on the Starsider server was viewed as the ruthless and cunning henchman of a desert dwelling Hutt.)
Star Wars Galaxies was also accompanied by a loyal, yet vocal player base that was notoriously betrayed by Sony Online Entertainment. The series of events have been well documented and led to the eventual closure of the game in 2011. However, almost three years later, fans continue to gather on social media and on website forums to discuss their passion for the game including their latest attempts at building a free to play emulator.
Since the closure of Star Wars Galaxies it’s developer, Sony Online Entertainment, has announced that they intend to shut down an additional four MMO’s including: Vanguard, Clone Wars, Free Realms and Wizardly:
“At Sony Online Entertainment, we are always evaluating our portfolio to ensure we’re providing players with the best gameplay experiences. At times, as part of this commitment, we have to make the difficult decision to sunset a game so we can refocus our resources on other areas in the best interest of our company and player community.”
While a fresh batch of disgruntled gamers will shortly be left gameless, fans of Star Wars Galaxies have started to become excited about the possibility of Star Wars Galaxies 2 being in development. During an Ask Me Anything on Reddit, the CEO of SEO, John Smedley, stated:
What can we expect from SOE this year?
John Smedley replied:
Everquest Next Landmark will launch… we have expansions for EQ and EQ2 and an unannounced MMO that we’re working on.
Cranks later asked:
If you could relaunch a shutdown title which one would you pick and what would you do differently this time?
The SOE CEO replied:
SWG. I would do everything differently. SWG PLAYERS – OUR NEXT GAME (not announced yet) IS DEDICATED TO YOU. Once we launch it… you can come home now.
The above conversation would suggest that a game very similar to Star Wars Galaxies is being worked on. However, Smedley’s comments do suggest that Star Wars Galaxies 2 is in development…