Sony Online Entertainment just sent out an email to Star Wars Galaxies subscribers announcing that the game will shut down forever on December 15th, 2011. The letter states the decision was mutual between them and Lucasarts to close the game at the end of 2011. They promise a galaxy-ending event to shut the game down, which just recently celebrated its eighth anniversary.
The letter says that subscriptions to the game will no longer be available starting September 15th and everyone with an account in good standing at that date will be able to play for free until the game shuts down in December.
This is definitely a shock, but it isn’t totally unexpected with The Old Republic due out later this year.