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Wed Apr 3, 2013, 02:22 PM

Disney shuts down Lucas Arts

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


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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.

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.

Publicly, 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.

“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.

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Never bought a Disney game for myself or my kids but we sure played a lot of Lucas Arts games.


Did I tell you I really don't like Disney?

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Ichingcarpenter Apr 2013 OP
Poll_Blind Apr 2013 #1
Aerows Apr 2013 #2
Puzzledtraveller Apr 2013 #3
Aerows Apr 2013 #4
Puzzledtraveller Apr 2013 #6
el_bryanto Apr 2013 #8
Hayabusa Apr 2013 #9
Skidmore Apr 2013 #5
Hell Hath No Fury Apr 2013 #7

Response to Ichingcarpenter (Original post)

Wed Apr 3, 2013, 02:27 PM

1. I see they're following the EA model: Fire the studio, whore the brand they built!

You're going to see that LucasArts brand whored into the ground. EA did/is doing the same thing with the Bioware brand.

PB

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Response to Poll_Blind (Reply #1)

Wed Apr 3, 2013, 02:30 PM

2. What they did to Bioware

which is was one of the best game companies out there, is appalling. But look at what Activision is doing to Blizzard. Diablo 3 turned out to be a disaster, and you can tell it was because they cared more about making money than providing decent gameplay.

Smaller studios are the only way to go for quality games - provided they don't get sucked up by the behemoths.

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Response to Ichingcarpenter (Original post)

Wed Apr 3, 2013, 02:37 PM

3. While I have enjoyed some Lucas Arts titles

they were never great. I think any new projects will benefit from being picked up by other outfits.

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Response to Puzzledtraveller (Reply #3)

Wed Apr 3, 2013, 02:38 PM

4. SW: Knights of the Old Republic

was a masterpiece.

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Response to Aerows (Reply #4)

Wed Apr 3, 2013, 02:44 PM

6. KoToR is awesome

But that's where it gets tricky, KoToR was published by Lucas Arts but developed by Bioware. You can see the difference in quality between KoToR and a Lucas Arts developed title for example.

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Response to Puzzledtraveller (Reply #3)

Wed Apr 3, 2013, 03:23 PM

8. They were great - it was just a long time ago

But they undeniably have some great games in their catalog - the Monkey Island Games, Grim Fandango, Maniac Mansion, the X-Wing and Tie Fighter games - all classic.

But all a really long time ago.

Bryant

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Response to Puzzledtraveller (Reply #3)

Wed Apr 3, 2013, 03:33 PM

9. *Deep breath*

Monkey Island
Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis
Maniac Mansion
Grim Fandango
Sam & Max
Dark Forces
X-Wing
TIE Fighter
Zombies At My Neighbors
Secret Weapons of the Luftwaffe
The Dig...

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Response to Ichingcarpenter (Original post)

Wed Apr 3, 2013, 02:40 PM

5. I can't tell you how much I loathe Disney in its modern iteration.

I categorically refuse to buy any of their products. Disney princesses in particular make me feel queasy.

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Response to Ichingcarpenter (Original post)

Wed Apr 3, 2013, 03:17 PM

7. Holy shit -

I know a bunch of those people. Crap crap crap.

"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..."

Lemme guess: "licensing" = offshoring opportunities. 150 good paying Bay Area jobs just got flushed down the toilet.

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