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Disney shuts down LucasArts

- April 3rd, 2013

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“I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced. I fear something terrible has happened.”

Those words by Obi Wan Kenobi echo in my ears as I hear the news from Game Informer that Disney is axing its game company LucasArts.

A statement from the company reads:

“After evaluating our position in the games market, we’ve decided to shift LucasArts from an internal development to a licensing model, minimizing 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 organization. We are incredibly appreciative and proud of the talented teams who have been developing our new titles.”

Founded in May 1982 by George Lucas as Lucasfilm Games, the company released its first game in 1986, Labyrinth, an adaption of the film of the same name. (The company was rebranded as LucasArts Entertainment Company in 1990.)

In the ’80s and ’90s, the company had made many classic adventure titles, such as Loom, Zak McKracken and the Alien Mindbenders and The Secret of Monkey Island.  But in later years, it mainly focused on Indiana Jones and Star Wars adaptations.

The next big title was supposed to be Star Wars 1313 , which was teased at last year’s E3rumours surfaced that production of the game had been on hold Disney bought the parent company Lucasfilm in October.

I’ll leave you with the trailer for Star Wars 1313, so you can pine what might have been:

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1 comment

  1. Brian | April 3, 2013 at 5:31 pm

    First Disney kills off Star Wars: The Clone Wars, now this! At this rate, I won’t be surprised if they shut down The Old Republic and dismantle the franchise completely. Will we ever see Episode 7? I wouldn’t put money on it.

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