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I actually got the email from SOE about SWG's pending demise. Can't say I'm sad at all, since the game that's closing is nothing at all like the one I once loved to play. Anyways, Massively had news about it and referred me to a post in Raph Koster's site
Of particular note is Koster also references an interview by Smed (Executive Smedley on the sunsetting of SWG), and a quote from him:
This must be affecting you personally as well. If you could do the whole Star Wars experience over again, what would you do?
Here's what I would have done differently. I would have made sure the ground and space games were launched all at once. I would have given the game another year to develop and really polish it quite a bit. I think we created one of the most unique and amazing games ever created in the MMO space. It is the sandbox game. Nothing else even comes close to what we did there. I would have really taken our time and polished combat right so we never had to do the NGE. At some point the only thing to do is acknowledge the mistakes you made. But we can also look and fix them in the future. Since then, the projects that the team has worked on -- like the Chronicles system -- it's pretty amazing. I want to make sure that we really learn from that stuff. And I think we have. We're actually starting to put some of that stuff into our other games.
(Edited thread due to misspelling of Koster's name)
"I have only two out of my company and 20 out of some other company. We need support, but it is almost suicide to try to get it here as we are swept by machine gun fire and a constant barrage is on us. I have no one on my left and only a few on my right. I will hold." (First Lieutenant Clifton B. Cates, US Marine Corps, Soissons, 19 July 1918)