Disney Closes LucasArts, Cancels Upcoming Star Wars Games

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It’s a sad day for many Star Wars fan and gamers as one of the video game industry’s most iconic developers is no more. More inside.

Disney announced this morning that they have shut down LucasArts laying off 150 employees in the process. The name will live on to license games but, the studio is done.

According to Kotaku, Disney is publicly saying they could license out Star Wars 1313 and Star Wars: First Assault to other publishers or developers but that scenario is very unlikely. Kotaku’s 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,” their source said.

A second source also spoke to Kotaku this afternoonand said 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.”

It’s another sad day in the video game industry and just a reminder that even the mighty ones fall sometimes. It’s too bad with two decent-looking Star Wars games coming down the pipeline that will probably never see the light of day.

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