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Lucas Arts officially announced the brand name of the game to be title Star Wars Galaxies on November 29, 2000.
The staggered release schedule of the space component of the Star Wars Galaxies series was said to benefit players because they would have time to establish their characters and explore different elements of the core game before adding the space layer.The game's official information site was launched on November 30, 2000 in conjunction with SOE and featured frequently asked questions about the game and message boards fielded by members of the development team."We see this Web site as an important step toward building a strong community for the Star Wars Galaxies line of games.We firmly believe that consistent and open communication with fans will be one of the keys to the success of the Star Wars Galaxies experience." The yet unnamed add-on, which was expected to be available six months after the initial product release, would be a space simulation and enable players to own and fly starships which would allow interplanetary travel and space combat.After being cleared of any wrong doing, the player was instructed to make their way through the ship towards the shuttle bay.Along the way, various obstacles were used to educate the player in the basics of game play.SOE would share more information on the game as the beta moved forward.This would include more screen shots, information on match making services, the fact that players would be permitted only one character per server, They also announced on December 20, 2002 that the ground-based component of Star Wars Galaxies would be called An Empire Divided and that the game's online community had grown to over 400,000 users since its original release in November 2000.Throughout the next year after the release of the new site, new content would be revealed.This content included information on species and locations, new images and movies of different game elements, and 360 degree Quick Time VR panoramas of different locations.Star Wars Galaxies did not begin with any sort of over-arching story.Originally, as the original opening crawl states, after character creation, the player started out on an Imperial Star Destroyer after being captured on a passenger ship suspected of illegal activity.