It has been confirmed that Disney has shut down LucasArts. The company's publishing and internal development businesses will now close for good.
Disney picked up the company as part of its deal to acquire LucasFilm but has since decided to disband it. Star Wars games will still be made, they'll simply be licensed out to external companies.
This comes from an email received by Game Informer from a Disney representative.which reads:
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.
Of course, this means all projects the company was currently working on will most likely be no more. Star Wars 1313 was showcased at E3 last year but will probably never see the light of day.
LucasArts was obviously famous for its Star Wars titles, of which there were many including the Super Star Wars series on the Super Nintendo and Rogue Squadron: Rogue Leader on the GameCube. It wasn't all Star Wars though, during the '90s it made several classic adventure titles like The Secret of Monkey Island, Day of the Tentacle and Grim Fandango - it's these titles that will likely resonate most with gamers.
It's worth noting that there are a few LucasArts games on the Wii Virtual Console that may disappear without notice. For that reason here is a handy list of titles you may wish to download fairly quickly if you were considering doing so:
We'd like to send our condolences to all those who have lost their job at LucasArts. We wish them all the very best in the future.
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