Lucasfilm and Disney shut down video game publisher LucasArts

By Daniel S Levine,

Lucasfilm and Disney announced some sad news for gamers. The company has shut down LucasArts, the video game publisher behind games featuring Star Wars and other Lucasfilm-owned properties.

According to GameInformer, Disney sent out a statement that read, “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.”

The statement also announced layoffs and thanked the current creative teams for their work.

LucasArts was easily the most troubled arm of Lucasfilm, since recent Star Wars games have flopped with critics and gamers. Star Wars: 1313 was supposed to fix that, but the game never appeared. Kokatu, which reported that 150 employees were laid off, said that both 1313 and Star Wars: First Assault were canceled.

However, a Lucasfilm rep told GameInformer that there are still ways that 1313 will see the light of day, possibly thanks to licensing out to another developer.

This move isn’t the first major change since Disney bought Lucasfilm. Aside from announcing Star Wars: Episode VII, the company has changed the direction of Lucas Animation. Disney canceled Star Wars: The Clone Wars and ended Star Wars: Detours before an episode even aired.

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