LucasArts Layoffs Totally Just Happened
So things have been a bit weird over at LucasArts since August. Haden Blackman bolted, there was that rumor that The Force Unleashed III had been canceled and that everyone at LucasArts was just having a bad ole time while being terrified of layoffs, and now those fears have been realized. LucasArts has acknowledged that they’ve laid some folks off today, and reports around the web say as many as 50 folks got canned.
Meanwhile, LucasArts PR is sending around to anybody who asks a prepared statement intended to make this whole thing seem like not such a big deal: “LucasArts recently made a minor adjustment in staffing to help us better address the needs of the business. We remain committed to our internal studio — and to fostering relationships with trusted external partners — in order to deliver quality games that amaze and inspire fans.” Like The Force Unleashed II (negative review!), right?
The other rumor du jour, courtesy of George Broussard, who also started the layoffs buzz today, is that the folks who have been let go were working on some other unannounced game, which is not terribly surprising; we’d heard before that Blackman was working on a new secret project before he fled the company, and that said project was put on hold (see: TFUIII link above).
Hope Lego Star Wars III wasn’t affected! Check out our walkthru!