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Disney shuts down LucasArts


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Disney has laid off the staff of LucasArts and cancelled all current projects.

Staff were informed of the shutdown this morning, according to a reliable Kotaku source. Some 150 people were laid off, and both of the studio's current projects—Star Wars: First Assault and Star Wars 1313—were cancelled. Disney will still use the LucasArts name to license games, but the studio is no

more.

 

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Disney is saying their current games could be licensed out to a different publisher or developer, but according to our source, that's unlikely. Our source says Lucas has pursued the option for "one or both games," but nothing happened. "With the teams now basically being dispersed I think both games are effectively dead forever," our source said.

 

 

A second source also told Kotaku this afternoon that the chances of Lucas licensing out 1313 are very slim. The odds are "effectively zero," the source said.

 

“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," LucasArts parent company LucasFilm said in a statement. "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.”

 

Article from Kotaku

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31 years of unique entertainment ends just like that. I'm not saying LA was a premier outfit in the 2010's, but this is exactly the kind of impression Disney should not be making after acquiring Star Wars. It's like they have no idea what to do with it, they just bought it for the sake of owning it.

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Disney you bastards have given me just another reason to hate your worthless guts... RIP Lucasarts and thank you for all the awesome things you have given to us over the years. 

 

Disney is pile of garbage that needs to be burned to the ground with no mercy.

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Well i think only a handful of the Star Wars games have really shown to be impressive and those ones that were in progress likely weren't going to be lighting the world on fire, but it's sad to see people lose thier jobs in one small stroke.

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Disney... Please stop ruining all my childhood memories. First club penguin, and now this...

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Am i the only one who really don't care?
When was the last time they produced a solid Star Wars Title?

 

Though so.

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Am i the only one who really don't care?

When was the last time they produced a solid Star Wars Title?

 

Though so.

I liked the Battlefront games...uhh the first Force Unleashed was pretty good. That's about it.

 

Look as long as the next three Star Wars movies are good and we some how get Darth Vader in Kingdom Hearts I'll be fine.

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I liked the Battlefront games...uhh the first Force Unleashed was pretty good. That's about it.

 

Look as long as the next three Star Wars movies are good and we some how get Darth Vader in Kingdom Hearts I'll be fine.

I will agree on the Battlefront games. But they are old and shouldn't be a reason to keep Lucas Arts alive. Force Unleashed was a bad game, Plot holes and extremely repetitive.

 

It was a good move by Disney to shut them down.

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Disney... Please stop ruining all my childhood memories. First club penguin, and now this...

That is just stinking thinking.

 

How can they possible ruin your childhood memories? Did they magically remove all of the old Lucas Art games as well?

 

They more likely saved you a lot of future disappointments.

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