At last the developers have announced an official Release date:
LUCASARTS CONFIRMS APRIL 15, 2003 RELEASE FOR
STAR WARS TM GALAXIES TM: AN EMPIRE DIVIDED TM
Star Wars Galaxies Internet Community Has Swelled to Nearly 400,000 Registered Members in Anticipation of Massively Multiplayer Online Game’s Release
SAN RAFAEL, Calif. and SAN DIEGO -- December 20, 2002 -- LucasArts Entertainment Company LLC and Sony Online Entertainment Inc. today announced April 15, 2003 as the confirmed release date for the massively multiplayer online game Star Wars Galaxies: An Empire Divided. This highly awaited first installment, which combines Star Wars“, one of the world’s most popular brands, with the proven game development expertise of Sony Online Entertainment, is expected to revolutionize online gaming by broadening its appeal to a mass audience...
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