Sony Online Entertainment has announced that it is shutting down its Star Wars Galaxies services on December 15, 2011, including the MMO and Trading Card Game. Effective immediately, the ability to 12, 6 and 3-month subscription packs is turned off and the TCG store has closed, followed by the end of new subscriptions, renewals or new accounts on September 15 with billing ending and the game entering free game trial mode on October 15.

“We are extremely grateful to all of the SWG fans. We have had the rare opportunity to host one of the most dedicated and passionate online gaming communities and we truly appreciate the support we’ve received from each and every one of you over the course of the past eight years,” read a statement by SOE and LucasArts. In recognition of your incredible loyalty, we are extending special Fan Appreciation offers to the current SWG community. We also plan to go out with a bang with a galaxy-ending in-game event in December and hope to see you all there. The details relating to these offers and events as well as the timeline and specifics regarding the discontinuation of the service, are provided below.”