The Force has taken a serious hit today.  Sony Online Entertainment confirmed on the game's website today thay they are shutting down the Star Wars Galaxies servers as well as halting production of the Trading Card Game.

LucasArts have gone into detail on how the shutdown will take place with the final stages taking place in December.

Today:  All subscription packs closed and Trading Card Game (TCG) stores close.

September 15: MMO and TCG no longer on sale.

October 15: Billing turned off and Free trials for Star Wars Galaxies begins.

December 15: Star Wars Galaxies service ends

December 31: Free game trials end.

"We are extremely grateful to all of the SWG fans."  Says the game's website. "We have had the rare opportunity to host one of the most dedicated and passionate online gaming communities and we truly appreciate the support we've received from each and every one of you over the course of the past eight years."