LucasArts Is Dead

Disney shut down LucasArts and laid-off the majority of its staff.

Starting now, the renowned studio that created cult classics such as “The Secrete of Monkey Island”, “Grim Fandango”, “Sam and Max” and “Knights of the Old Republic” is nothing more than a shell used to license games.

"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," said Disney in an official 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."

LucasArts was founded in 1982. It became known as the best adventure games development studio soon after releasing games such as Maniac Mansion, Monkey Island and Day of the Tentacle. And when adventure games grew less popular, LucasArts started churning out equally successful Star Wars games such as X-Wing, Dark Forces, Battlefront and Knights of the Old Republic.

Unfortunately, the studio failed to keep its success stride through the 2000’s. During the last few years, LucasArts canceled several of its most anticipated titles including a new Battlefront installment and a new Indiana Jones sequel. In the meanwhile, the studio released a series of less-than-mediocre Star Wars titles that were chastised by critics and gamers alike.

Then Disney came along in October 2012 and acquired LucasArts without making any statements or promises regarding the studio’s future.

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Check your facts again, MG

I'm not sure what you mean by "churning out", but Battlefront was developed by Pandemic and Knights of the Old Republic by Bioware. They were only published by LucasArts. You also neglected to even mention the very popular Force Unleashed. Star Wars: The Old Republic, which was well received and arguably their most significant project in the last decade did not receive a mention, nor the now cancelled Star Wars 1313. Or anything released in the last 8 years, for that matter. Shoddy, inaccurate writing.

"Star Wars: The Old Republic,

"Star Wars: The Old Republic, which was well received and arguably their most significant project in the last decade" That's a Bioware product with a LucasArts logo slapped on it. And as far as "significant" projects go. It's not very.

Typical for this site. No

Typical for this site. No fact checking. This site is just inaccurate garbage and rumors. MG takes articles from any unqualified idiot, and the "editors" pick the worst ones for publication. Their "review process" is clearly a joke. I'm done with this site...

That won't happen

Disney wants to license the Star Wars brand out to developers. This way they take no risk, get paid a license fee and can dictate a cut of the profits. Lucas arts has not directly made any good Star Wars games in a long time. Knights of the old republic was bioware and was good, the mmo was shit. My fave Star Wars games were The Jedi knight games (force unleashed was pure shit), and Jedi knight outcast was amazing and I'd like to see a new game like that. Though I hated academy and I hated Jedi outcast patches 1.03/1.04 as they broke the games multiplayer.

Subject

Jedi Knight Outcast and Academy were developed by Raven. I honestly think LucasArts closing is a great thing. They have been sitting on top of a gold mine of franchises and have done little to nothing with them. Now that Disney owns it, they can let other(better) developers take the reins.

If there is one thing to come

If there is one thing to come from all of this though, i suppose now we can get some really good Star Wars based stuff being released over the coming years. ---- I'm looking forward to the new set of movies (rumoured?) and hopefully any games that may come about as a result. ---- Perhaps a new Loom may be in the offering at some point?

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