swglogo Star Wars Galaxies Shutting Down On Dec. 15th

With Star Wars: The Old Republic nearing release, LucasArts and Sony have decided to shut down Star Wars Galaxies this December 15th.

We write to you today to inform you that on December 15, 2011, Sony Online Entertainment (SOE) and LucasArts will end all services (MMO and Trading Card Game) for Star Wars Galaxies (SWG). The shutdown of SWG is a very difficult decision, but SOE and LucasArts have mutually agreed that the end of 2011 is the appropriate time to end the game.

Most likely this is to prevent confusion and avoid splitting Star Wars fans among two separate MMOs.  Of course, I wonder if this means The Old Republic will be launching on Dec. 16th?