Disney shuts down LucasArts, cancels Star Wars 1313 and First Assault

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Disney has shut down LucasArts and cancelled the two Star Wars games currently in development.

Both Star Wars 1313 and the unannounced Star Wars: First Assault have been canned, but hold a remote possibility of being licensed to another publisher and developer.

Kotaku reports that 150 people lost their jobs as a result of the closure.

The LucasArts brand will still be used to license games to other publishers and developers, but as a studio, it's dead.

"After evaluating our position in the games market, we've decided to shift LucasArts from an internal development to a licensing model, minimising the company's risk while achieving a broader portfolio of quality Star Wars games. As a result of this change, we've had layoffs across the organisation. We are incredibly appreciative and proud of the talented teams who have been developing our new titles," a spokesperson told Game Informer.

It follows Disney's $4 billion acquisition of LucasFilm last year and the announcement of Star Wars Episode VII to hit cinemas in 2015.

LucasArts was founded in 1982 and is best known for developing most of the Star Wars games. While that was its focus in more recent times, its first game was the Atari published Ballblazer. LucasArts also developed the renowned Monkey Island series.

By Ben Salter

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This is a sad day...
Yeah LucasArts were great back in the day but lately? they kinda sucked.
I think licensing out the brand might result in better quality products.
Wow this is bad news
I agree OllyEbbz the last several years of games from them have been rubbish, but I'm thinking of back in the day when X-wing Vs Tie Fighter and stuff came out...
I do hope that we get some better SW games now though...
Their last 5 years haven't been great, but there's so much gold before that.

Marshal976 said: I agree OllyEbbz the last several years of games from them have been rubbish, but I'm thinking of back in the day when X-wing Vs Tie Fighter and stuff came out...
I do hope that we get some better SW games now though...



As I said in my post above they were great back in the day. Did a lot of people leave the company or something cause damn their a shadow of their former selves... a big shame but yeah heres hope for some good SW games [Derp]
Never even heard of LucasArts [MOG]
They used to be fantastic so it sort of hurts to see them go.

But they haven't been that great recently so this may be for the better. May see some outsourcing to some top studios.
NOOO!!! *falls to knees hands in the air*
Absolute bastards.

South Park was right, LucasArts would have been safer in the hands of the Chinese :(
okay i misunderstood before. They're just getting rid of LucasArts. The movie is still going ahead because that is LucasFilm.

I never really liked the games anyway.
BUT MONKEY ISLAND 5
Wow if there's no new game this year, 2013 will be the first year without a Star Wars game since 1990 [MOG]
:(

A positive: Now Telltale have a good opportunity to acquire the Monkey Island franchise.
skumbag dizney - buys loocusartz, shuts it dwn
lol le meme XDXD
Damn you walt. Damn you to hell.
Admittedly, they haven't released anything brilliant for a few years. Since Battlefront anyway. Long gone are the days of Monkey Island and Grim Fandango.

I've just had a terrible thought.

Monkey Island: The Movie starring Johnny Depp
Grim Fandango: The Movie starring Johnny Depp
Sam & Max: The Movie starring Johnny Depp as Sam & Max.
Full Throttle: The Movie starring Johnny Depp as the Harley Davidson
Before Johnny Depp sold out he was a very good actor.
21 Jump Street, What's Eating Gilbert Grape, Benny and Joon, Edward Scissorhands, Sleepy Hollow, Donnie Brasco, Nick of Time, Blow, Finding Neverland, Secret Window, Pirates of The Caribbean(1 is very good, 2 and 4 are good and 3 is....... well. Let's never talk about 3.)

I forgot Lucas Arts made Monkey Island. Thank you for reminding me. Hopefully Monkey Island will find a new home.

edit: Oh how could i forget: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.
Star Wars 1313 that game looked awesome :(. Truly is sad. My best wishes to the employees.
Boo

You what would be better than telltale picking up monkey island, tell tale picking up day of the tentacle !
how am i meant to get my rogue squadron fix now?
I've fond memories of LucasArts from the 90s as their adventure games and space combat simulators were awesome. Seems like a lot of talent has gone elsewhere though, as they haven't released anything that great for quite a while. Any sadness I feel from this news is purely nostalgia-based, nothing more.

Jpro said: okay i misunderstood before. They're just getting rid of LucasArts. The movie is still going ahead because that is LucasFilm.
I never really liked the games anyway.



are you trolling???

Ben said: Wow if there's no new game this year, 2013 will be the first year without a Star Wars game since 1990



And people say CoD is milked [Shifty]

Pilkingbod said: skumbag dizney - buys loocusartz, shuts it dwn
lol le meme XDXD



Your spelling makes me cry
We may have years, we may have hours, but sooner or later, we push up flowers.

So long, LucasArts. Thanks for all the history, all the memories, all the great times.

And as you can tell by my username and avatar, yes, I am very upset right now.
good bye my lover, good bye my friend. you have been the one, you have been for me. good bye LucasArts, ill miss you the most
i have said this countless times and now i have a reason to say it even more Disney is GAY

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