The Daily Grind: Would you play Star Wars Galaxies if it relaunched today?

    
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Star Wars Galaxies is 15 years old now, and it was just about seven years ago that SOE announced it was slated for execution. Naturally, it’s been a big topic for us this week; several of our staff even joined together on the largest emulator to stream it on Tuesday. Smed even dropped by to show his support for the game and the emu.

At the end of our stream, MJ and I were chatting about why we don’t really play the emulator more. For MJ, it was the lack of a strong social environment, and if you saw how many people were botting in the cantina, you’d understand why the emu is superficially lacking in that area. For me, it’s the lack of permanence for that server, as well as the lack of features and the lack of what I’d consider a functional economy in its current state.

And yet, if a company legally released Star Wars Galaxies again right now, with all the features it had at its sunset and a clean economy and enough players to make the server ecosystem work properly, I would pretty much head right on over and get busy living, and there’d be a big fight on Massively OP over who got to helm the weekly column on the game. To this day, it’s still the MMORPG experience I am searching for, and I am clearly not alone.

Would you play Star Wars Galaxies if it relaunched today?

Every morning, the Massively Overpowered writers team up with mascot Mo to ask MMORPG players pointed questions about the massively multiplayer online roleplaying genre. Grab a mug of your preferred beverage and take a stab at answering the question posed in today’s Daily Grind!
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Hikari Kenzaki

I think, as you all pointed out on stream, it would be hard to get a concensus on what makes the ‘best’ version of the game. There are clearly many emulators running different version states of the game out there to play.
This is the problem faced with any ‘Classic’ relaunch. Which version the game do you use? What QoL improvements do you add? What missions?

And with all these things, which bugs do you implement?
I’m fairly certain there has never been a time in history where any MMO was perfect and bug free.

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Hundred Years Boar

I play Everquest project 1999. Although I’m a bit too lazy to manually install more “dead” games. I’d play, for sure. With the dry season we are experiencing in the genre, I’m looking to older games for new experiences

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oldandgrumpy

No Holocron’s and no Jedi then maybe

Vaeris
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Vaeris

Pre NGE? 100%! If it was NGE…I’d probably not. I’m just not as big a fan of the IP as I once was. The skill use system and non-combat options are what really excite me about the old game. Put a Shadowrun or a Starfinder skin on it and I’d be just as happy.

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Travis In Canada

One word, ABSOLUTELY!

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Mallus

You can still play this game with STAR WARS GALAXIES EMU. I went back and tried it out but the graphics & gameplay looks and feels clunky/old

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mysecretid

No. As I’ve said before, I thought SWG was an excellent sandbox game (i.e. it let you do a lot of different things your way in-game), but I never thought it was a very good Star Wars game.

My opinion, anyway.

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ihatevnecks

Fully agreed.

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Karetyr

There is another sandbox game that borrows a lot from SWG’s design. Given that Raph Koster designed many of the systems in both games, that’s not surprising. It’s still in “alpha,” but it’s getting there.

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mysecretid

Is that The Repopulation? I think they were the indie MMORPG which said flat-out that they were borrowing a lot of game-mechanics from the original Star Wars Galaxies.

Cheers,

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Karetyr

No. I had a lot of hope for The Repopulation, but it got reinvented over and over and ended up in an weird kind of undeath state.

No, I’m talking about Crowfall. Though it’s a fantasy game, the crafting is VERY similar to SWG’s.

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mysecretid

Gotcha. Thanks for the clarification!

Be well,

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Teala Te'Jir

Pre-NGE with updated graphics – in a heartbeat.

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Let this go already.

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John Mclain

With modern graphics? Hell yes I would.