Electronic Arts announced that Star Wars Galaxies - the first Star Wars MMO - will go offline permanently in December, just around the time The Old Republic launches.
SOE president John Smedley revealed that the company's contract with LucasArts was set to expire in 2012 anyway, but both parties agreed to the December 2011 termination day as it "feels like it's the right time for the game to end."
Smedley stressed that subscriber numbers "have stayed pretty steady for a long time now," and the decision to end the game was not caused by a decline in subscriptions. He also stressed that no jobs would be lost in the process as all staff will be transferred to "an undisclosed new project in Austin."
In the meanwhile, a series of "galaxy-ending in-game events" will take place until the final blowout take place in December. More information on those events is available on the official announcement page.