It is truly a sad day for gaming. Disney today announced the closure of LucasArts, laying off 150 employees. The story was broken by Kotaku and has since by confirmed by multiple news outlets.
This isn’t really too surprising as it seemed like the studios best days were truly behind it. With it’s only recent releases being Star Wars Kinect, Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II and a handful of Lego titles, it seemed like the writing was on the wall. There was hope though with recent leaks of Star Wars First Assault possibly being a predecessor to a BattleFront 3, and of course Star Wars 1313 which looked incredibly impressive at last years E3.
There is some bright news as the official statement released is as follows: “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”
This gives hope as does a recent interview with Gameinformer from a LucasArts rep saying “It’s super sad. It’s a terrible day. I want to make sure everyone realizes that there still will be Star Wars games out there.”
So it would appear that even though LucasArts will not be developing any more titles, Disney Interactive will be working with LucasFilms to publish them under the Disney banner. We will keep you updated should we learn more.
By, Bobby Marquardt