Disney Shutting Down LucasArts, Future of Game Properties Uncertain

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Disney has officially shuttered LucasArts, its recently-purchased (and somewhat struggling) game publishing subsidiary most known for its licensed Star Wars titles and renowned adventure games like The Secret of Monkey Island and Grim Fandango. The studio has also reported substantial, organization-wide layoffs as a result of the shutdown.

This news comes out of Game Informer, who received an email from a Lucas Arts representative that 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.”

According to a statement released to Polygon from LucasArts, as a part of the company’s switch to a licensing model, internal game development will no longer be an option. Instead, that job will be sourced out to external, third party development teams. This means that (and has been confirmed as such) LucasArts will no longer be handling the development of the hyped Star Wars 1313, and is exploring other options for releasing the game.

However, an updated post on Game Informer indicates that Star Wars 1313 and the much-rumored Star Wars: First Assault may be salvageable, even though a post on Kotaku reports that the games are canned.

“All of these things happened at once. Naturally, as any company that goes through a big announcement like this, you have to look through your whole portfolio and realign some things. 1313 was looking fantastic, the reception has been great. Our other unannounced titles are fine, it just got to a point where from a business standpoint we couldn’t continue developing those internally and keep up with the direction that the company was going.”

“It is worth noting that we are looking for proven external partners who can help us provide video games to our fans. We still believe in the video game industry, we still will provide Star Wars games, we’re just looking at different models rather than internal production… They’re evaluating everything. There’s always a possibility that it [Star Wars 1313] can still come out via licensing.”

Ron Gilbert, creator of The Secret of Monkey Island series and ninth employee of LucasArts’ game division back in the day, reached out on Twitter to clarify that the Monkey Island IP is still with Disney, and “doesn’t change” its status.

Aside from the awful, always, always awful layoffs, the worst part of it is…Kinect Star Wars is the last game LucasArts will have published.

[Source: Game Informer, Polygon]

  1. This wasnt the best thing to read on my way to work. Might have to play kotor when i get home. To remember the good old days of lucas arts

    • KOTOR wasn’t made by LucasArts, it was made by BioWare. LucasArts just published the game.

      If you want to experience the good old days of LucasARTs, try their point and click adventure games or the Star Wars games up to Republic Commando. Might I suggest Jedi Academy?

      • Jedi Outcast and Jedi Academy were made by Ravensoft

      • damn it. here’s a list of what i think I have and you can tell me if I’m allowed to play any of them. Jedi academy, battlefront 1 & 2, kotor 1 & 2, republic commando, the force unleashed and episode 3.

      • Well I mean, they were all published by LucasArts, so you could play all of them to remember the good times lol. But out of those Republic Commando, The Force Unleashed and Episode 3 were the only ones developed in house. Battlefront was developed by Pandemic.

        May I suggest their old adventure games? Day of The Tentacle or Grim Fandango perhaps?

      • Ah! Right you are, my bad.

  2. I hate Disney so much right now.

  3. Whoops still kotor is a sweet game & its a Good thing I have jedi academy at home somewhere. Might have some dust on it thoe.

  4. Last game for a LucasArts was Kinect Star Wars? Would a Darth Vader NOOOOOOOOOO!!! be Appropriate?

    • “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.”

      Would be more appropriate.

    • LucasArts: “When I left you, I was but the learner, now I am the master.”

      George Lucas: “Only a master of evil, Disney!”

  5. meth_filled_pixel

    so this means we will not get battlefront 3 or republic commandos 2 or first assault thanks disney this just adds to the most retarded things you have ever done

  6. there is a great disturbance in the force .:(
    RIP lucasarts .

  7. FFS!

    Star Wars 1313 was looking to be one of, if not THE best Star Wars games. I say this as a great lover of KOTOR. But now my hopes are dashed…

    • My first serious interest in star wars games came with KOTOR 2. Then I played KOTOR 1, and went crazy when I realized there was no third installment. I waited for years, and they gave us that watered down MMO… My last hope for the Star Wars IP was with 1313, and we all know it pretty much has shared the same fate as Alderaan.

      • I’ve still got my hopes up for the games being outsourced and licensed to other developers. Given that many of the most-loved Star Wars games were developed by other people (Battlefront by Pandemic, KOTOR by BioWare, Jedi Outcast/Academy by Raven, Rogue Squadron by Factor 5), that could result in some really good games.

        Of course, my current favorite (Republic Commando) was developed in-house by Lucasarts themselves, which makes it hard for me to wonder if 1313 will be better off with another developer.

  8. Well now there will never be KOTOR 3, Battlefront 3, and Republic Commando 2……god damnit!

    Also Secret Weapons of Normandy. I lived that shit back when there was things other than FPS that sold on consoles…..

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