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Disney Closes LucasArts, "Star Wars" Games are Cancelled

Posted: April 3rd, 2013 by WorstPreviews.com Staff
Disney Closes LucasArts, "Star Wars" Games are CancelledSubmit Comment
When Disney bought Lucasfilm for $4 billion, it was assumed that many of subsidiary companies would remain intact, including Industrial Lights and Magic (ILM) special effects house and LucasArts video game developer.

Disney has now announced that it is closing LucasArts and has already laid off the entire staff of 150 people this morning. Both of the company's projects, "Star Wars: First Assault" and "Star Wars 1313," have been cancelled.

"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," said Disney. "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."

Source: Disney


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minkowski writes:
on April 3rd, 2013 at 7:41:06 PM

Yeah I read that. Doesn't mean much. Most current LucasArts games are f*cking Star Wars. All the truly innovative sh*t, like Monkey Island, they stopped making years and years ago.
TheSkippySpartan writes:
on April 3rd, 2013 at 7:53:42 PM

Whaaat? BS, was actually keen for 1313.

Does this affect the Old Republic?
vincere01 writes:
on April 3rd, 2013 at 8:02:39 PM

Old republic is a licensed game made by Bioware and published by Electronic arts. It will not be affected. Thats what they actually mean they want to do now. Stop making games In house and have developers pay them to use they're franchises
vincere01 writes:
on April 3rd, 2013 at 8:09:10 PM

So they can basicly just make money and not have to worry about pouring money into making the game itself. Ashame too. Star wars 1313 was looking very promising. Itwas a mature rated take on the seedy underbelly of star wars. Full of bounty hunters, assasins, hookers and the like. Mob world. It was state of the art next gen.

Mixing current video game making practices of development with the technology and expertise of ILM to make the animations, physics, and such on par with a big budget star wars movie and beyond. It was getting rave reviews from everyone able to preview it. It was scheduled to be released this year and had been in development for 5 years.

Shocked to hear (rumors for now) it was canceled. I'd hope that with the game 90% done or more it will still be finished. Otherise what a f*cking waste disney. f*ck you
Skywalker121289 writes:
on April 4th, 2013 at 12:57:56 AM

This sucks. I mean, I gotta agree with Mink, but so many of the classics were created with LucasArts. That's what I was raised on. Shame they had to put her down.
boogiel writes:
on April 4th, 2013 at 1:01:17 AM

Sad but they have not made a good game since forever..
Cannon writes:
on April 4th, 2013 at 3:03:49 AM


"This deal is getting worse all the time!"

Damon242 writes:
on April 4th, 2013 at 6:20:17 AM

Well, there goes any possibility of Knights of the Old Republic 3...
vincere01 writes:
on April 4th, 2013 at 11:29:47 AM

@damon no. Old republic games have never been made in house by lucasarts. They are all licensed games. Bioware made the original, along with the newest mmo one. Obsidian made kotor 2. There have been talk of a true 3rd installment being made by either of those 2 developers. While it sucks lucasarts is closing, one plus should be that the odds of kotor 3 happening have just dramaticly gone up. So if that's what you want I'd bet it will be announced by years end, possibly in june during E3 expo
KaloVisor writes:
on April 4th, 2013 at 8:31:26 PM

f*ck you Disney
japaninmotion writes:
on April 4th, 2013 at 11:24:14 PM

@minkowski I loved monkey island, purple tentacle, and the such. I was so upset to find out near me in japan there is an actual monkey island...but no monkeys
minkowski writes:
on April 5th, 2013 at 2:18:45 AM

^^I greatly enjoyed Maniac Mansion. Should be remade imo.
ENFORCER writes:
on April 5th, 2013 at 4:41:40 AM

Monkey Island was fantastic!!! I played all of them, Guybrush Threepwood!
BlackDynamite writes:
on April 5th, 2013 at 7:46:57 AM

Lol they say they want to achieve a proader portfolio of quality Star Wars games, but then they lay off an entire company of workers.

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