Disney closes LucasArts

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  1. seanpr92

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    Looks like disney is tarmishing star wars brand




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    Disney, which acquired Lucasfilm and LucasArts last year in a $4.05 billion deal, has shut down the legendary LucasArts division.

    "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," Disney informed Game Informerin 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."

    Although a Star Wars game factory in recent years, the publisher will be remembered for its work defining the adventure genre from the '80s to the '90s, on such titles as Maniac Mansion, The Secret of Monkey Island, Grim Fandango and Day of the Tentacle. The soul of those games and that era moved on from the company after the departure of Ron Gilbertand Double Fine's Tim Schafer.

    The most recent project we are aware of by LucasArts is Star Wars 1313, but rumors have circulated for months about that project's ceased development. There's also the unclear fate of Star Wars: First Assault.

    As for Disney, after shutting down the last of its core developers, the company is all-in onDisney Infinity and mobile games.
     
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    Pretty sad news, they made some great games back in the day such as Day of the Tentacle and Grim Fandango.

    I cant honestly say ive hard of any game LucasArts have done in the last 10 years though, the last i remember is Armed and Dangerous, which was pretty good to be honest.
     
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    I remember them doing Force Unleashed 1 + 2 but I didn't play them as they did not sound interesting to me. Armed and Dangerous was also probably the last game of theirs that I remember and I did play it as well (the humour in it was brilliant!). Sadly I don't think this news is as shocking as it would've been 10 years ago.
     
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    I liked the Force Unleashed games. The Sith edition was great.
     
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    Very sad, but it makes me wonder if the older LucasArts games will become abandonware?
     
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    They had this coming so they should've been aware to be looking for employment elsewhere.

    It was only a matter of time before they'd close down, either by Disney or due to financial problems.
     

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