LucasArts Shuttered, Disney Cancels All Existing Projects


[UPDATE]: Hang on a minute. Star Wars 1313 might be saved after all. We’ll keep an eye on that story as it develops.

Also, check out our list of 5 game studios we’d love to see make LucasArts games.

Also also, come reminisce with us about your favorite LucasArts games of yore.


LucasArts exhaled its last breath today as Disney has announced the closure of the studio, whose legacy includes numerous games in the Star Wars franchise, classic adventure games including Monkey Island, Day of the Tentacle, and Sam & Max Hit the Road, and Full Throttle.

We have learned (via Geoff Keighley’s Twitter) that the entire studio has been shut down by the corporate heads at Disney, with over 150 staff laid off and their projects—both announced and unannounced—cancelled.

 

 

Prior to the shuttering of LucasArts, the studio was developing Star Wars: First Assault and Star Wars 1313 for the PC and next generation platforms. We previewed the latter title here.

Disney is said to be taking moving to a licensing model for its games, away from development. Their official statement reads as follows:

“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. 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.”

We’ll be updating this post as more information comes to light.

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13 Comments on LucasArts Shuttered, Disney Cancels All Existing Projects

lunchbox601

On April 3, 2013 at 10:49 am

This is the most depressing video games news I’ve read in a while…

michael

On April 3, 2013 at 11:15 am

I think its safe to say the video game era is over.

Mike

On April 3, 2013 at 11:52 am

May Disney burn eternally, may their overpriced parks be the victims of natural disasters, and may all their movies fail in the box office. May George Lucas die a terrible, horrible, excruciating death for being the sellout I always knew he was.

Zipoites

On April 3, 2013 at 12:13 pm

Terrible news, worse than I feared. I nearly had tears in my eyes. Also, all my hopes for the movies just evaporated. I grew up with Lucasarts games and although it seemed in the last years that they were past their zenith I never thought that this would happen.

Zing45

On April 3, 2013 at 12:45 pm

Not sure what the big deal is considering they haven’t made a decent game since the first Force Unleashed. Everything else with them has been liscensed out. Disney shut them down because their only real revenue was from liscensing. 1313 might not still be dead because apparently sources are saying it has the possibility of being liscensed off to another developer.

Ares

On April 3, 2013 at 4:03 pm

This annoys me to no end. I was really looking forward to 1313 even if it meant buying a console to play it. It better not be killed off for good.

Lee Newman

On April 3, 2013 at 5:23 pm

As sad as this is, LucasArts has been a poorly run company for years. It has not been that great 90′s company in such a long time. It might even be good for the license if some quality developers get a hold of it, but still not good news for 150 people.

quicktooth

On April 3, 2013 at 11:03 pm

“We are incredibly appreciative and proud of the talented teams who have been developing our new titles”

Which is why you FIRED THEM ALL. You sh!tty @ssholes. Do you even LISTEN to your lies before you make them anymore? Is that how sure you are you can p!ss on people’s shoulders and tell them it’s raining? For God’s sake.

sep

On April 4, 2013 at 1:28 am

Expect this game to go on a long treacherous dev cycle peppered with financial woes and lack of creative freedom and all the usual crap we always know to expect when a game is in a situation that 1313 currently is. Eventually Disney will spit out a game that barely shadows what was envisioned for it, further pushing the Star Wars IP into obscurity.

Oh! and FU Bioware.

Athgard

On April 4, 2013 at 9:02 am

This is worse than THQ, at least their games found good homes….

DrChannington

On April 5, 2013 at 3:36 am

@lunchbox601

Agreed, very depressing. :(

Quinsec

On April 7, 2013 at 4:53 am

This is downright depressing. Yes, I know they’ve had trouble putting out good titles recently (Really, I feel they started declining with the release of the prequel films, when they started pumping out cash-in junk titles due to the renewed Star Wars popularity.) I miss the good old days – X-Wing and Dark Forces were two of my first computer games. I will always cherish my memories from great titles like Jedi Knight and Tie Fighter. I even had lots of fun with their lackluster 90s titles like Rebellion.

When was the last time a Disney licensed game was any good? I seem to recall lots of cash-in junkers. I would love to be proven wrong.

I am very sad now.

R.J.

On April 7, 2013 at 3:43 pm

Ok, so Disney cancels the Clone Wars TV show even though production on the next season was already several episodes in, and now it’s closing LucasArts. Given the emphasis on “minimizing risk,” and just licensing the Star Wars name, it’s pretty clear that Disney is scrambling to recover the money it spent to buy Star Wars.