SAN FRANCISCO (CBS) – San Francisco based LucasArts and Sony Online Entertainment announced on Friday that “Star Wars Galaxies,” the online role-playing multiplayer, is ending. The scheduled date that its virtual world, based on the George Lucas’ Star Wars universe, will cease to exist is Dec. 15, 2011.

The news came via a letter to players from LucasArts and Sony Online Entertainment published in several places, including the “Star Wars Galaxies” forums at Sony and Kotaku.

According to the letter, the next major action over the game’s shuttering will take place Sept. 15, 2011, when “No new or reactivated accounts [are] accepted after this date.”

Kotaku reports the decision to end “Star Wars Galaxies” was a business decision, quoting Sony Online Entertainment’s CEO, John Smedley. A new game, “Star Wars: The Old Republic,” will likely arrive within a year, reports Kotaku.

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