Star Wars Galaxies, Sony Online Entertainment's long-running MMO, has closed its servers.

Today the subscription-based MMO closed for good after eight years, instigated by problems regarding financial sustainability and the impending presence of Star Wars: The Old Republic, of which they share a brand.

SOE had previously stated a free-to-play system which may have kept the game afloat simply could not be implemented.

Star Wars Galaxies began in 2003, keeping with it a core audience of fans since its release.

Ashes to ashes, droids to droids. Oh well. Take a look at the series following the last days of Star Wars Galaxies, with a final instalment on the way today Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3.