Disney Shuts Down LucasArts
It's a famous name in the world of video games, and now it's gone. So sad.
Last year, Disney acquired LucasFilm and LucasArts in a massive $4.05 billion deal but now, it has been confirmed that Disney is shutting down the legendary LucasArts.
Here's an explanatory statement from Disney:
"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."
Those who are old enough will remember LucasArts' earliest works, including titles like Maniac Mansion. The team was a huge contributor to the previously popular adventure genre, as they produced iconic franchises such as The Secret of Monkey Island, Day of the Tentacle and Grim Fandango. And of course, LucasArts has produced quite a few Star Wars projects; speaking of which, the upcoming Star Wars 1313 might still make its way to market. The developers are looking for a new partner, so hopefully that'll be successful.
As for Star Wars: First Assault, the multiplayer shooter that has been in the works, we're not sure. Well, guess it's time to say goodbye to a long-time industry mainstay, and that's always tough to do.
4/3/2013 9:44:53 PM Ben Dutka