Disney Acquires Lucasfilm for $4.05 billion
Yesterday it was revealed that Disney purchased Lucasfilm for $4.05 billion, wresting control of the film company’s properties (including Star Wars and Indiana Jones) from the hands of the evil George Lucas. Included in the deal is the LucasArts game-making branch of the media empire, meaning that now games based on Star Wars, Spider-Man, and Toy Story all originate from one Mickey-shaped roof.
A post on GamesIndustry about the acquisition offers up a quote from a Disney executive about the direction LucasArts will take, saying, “We’re likely to focus more on social and mobile more than we are on console.”
Details are light on what will happen next, as the news of the acquisition is still fairly fresh. But any new Star Wars games or franchises? That’s coming from Disney. While many have decried the acquisition, personally I think it’s fantastic. I can’t imagine that the new Star Wars trilogy comprising episodes 7 through 9 can be any worse than those prequels. At the same time, I’m hopeful that we hear more about LucasArts’ video game futures specifically…as the situation with Zynga unfolds, it’s becoming clearer that focusing only on mobile isn’t necessarily the route to success. I’m sure we’ll hear more about some plans for console games soon enough.