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.The then-unnamed game would be developed by Verant with online play supported by SOE.This was the same team responsible for creating and supporting the popular Everquest massively multiplayer online game.After release, the developers continued working on the features cut during the delay.In November 2003, two of those most anticipated features, creature mounts and player-created cities were enabled.A new official site launched on the same day which placed more of an emphasis behind the community of the game.It included new screen shots, movies, an updated FAQ, concept art, development team member's profiles, features about the game, and a new forum.
With a Star Wars license and veteran designer Raph Koster at the helm, expectations among gamers ran high during the development of Galaxies.
Many industry professionals expected that these forces would push the subscription numbers past the one million mark.
As development wore on, the release date was pushed back, features were cut, and Sony canceled planned ports for the Xbox and Play Station 2.
A majority of the already established cities on the planet of choice could be chosen as a starting point, such as Moenia, Theed, Coronet, Doaba Guerfel, Mos Eisley, or Anchorhead.
After choosing, they were loaded up into their city of choice on the planet with nothing but a green and yellow R2 helper droid, a limited use 74-Z speeder bike and no real direction on what to do next.