EA not currently looking to buy LucasArts

Battlefield publisher says it is "not currently considering any major acquisitions"; new video footage of Battlefront III emerges.

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In response to a Kotaku report today citing sources who claimed Electronic Arts was considering a LucasArts buyout, the Battlefield publisher told GameSpot it is not currently considering any acquisitions..

"The entire game industry is in transition as we build more efficient organizations to deliver games on popular new platforms like mobile and consoles. EA is not currently considering any major acquisitions," an EA spokesperson said in a statement.

This statement does, however, leave open the possibility that EA did at one time consider buying LucasArts.

Kotaku reported today that sources had indicated EA was considering purchasing LucasArts for an unknown sum. However, a combination of the troubled launch of SimCity and John Riccitiello's resignation led to these talks falling apart, the sources said.

Disney closed LucasArts last week, though the outfit will live on as a licensing studio.

The site also obtained new video footage of a Star Wars game codenamed "Version Two," which sources say was actually planned as Star Wars Battlefield III. After bouncing around to multiple studios, this version of the game was to be developed internally at LucasArts, the sources said.

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story failed to mention the possibility that Electronic Arts at one time may have considered buying LucasArts. GameSpot regrets the error.

Discussion

149 comments
Aaronp2k
Aaronp2k

lets all do the lottery, someone is bound to win. then that person can buy lucasarts and make a jedi knight 4 :D. oh and also battlefront 3 :)

RSM-HQ
RSM-HQ

Not the biggest Star Wars fan but it's bad to see the fall of a developer like Lucasarts. Have good memories playing the Monkey Island series. 

ZoTrAcK
ZoTrAcK

let's nominate this for the "news of the day"

Fursnake
Fursnake

I read the title and thought "thank god!"...and I'm agnostic.

CapmJim
CapmJim

If i was EA i wouldn't want to buy Lucasarts either. They may have been good back in the day but people saying **** Disney seem to forget Lucasarts has not been good for about 10 years and had been releasing crap Star Wars games.

Barrakas21
Barrakas21

People cmon lets start a fund and we ll buy lucasart

Yakol
Yakol

Everyone does realize since Disney owns the Star wars License the buying of Lucas Arts gets them nothing but a name right? Logic beats journalism....... Also Disney owns Marvel....and look what they did with that considering. Not saying it's all going to be fine and dandy ,but I'm going to give them a chance. Sadly it couldn't possibly be worse then the later years of George's Rule. I think of him more as Aerys Targaryen sometimes. Good at first...then bat crap crazy.

VarietyMage
VarietyMage

Vulture capitalism at its worst.  Disney cuts off its left arm, and EA's there to gobble it up if they want to.  EA, where games go to die.

vadagar1
vadagar1

EVERYONE DID U HEAR....



Lucas decided to buy back lucasarts, he said that he is getting old and he wanted to restore the days of star-wars glory, thus he will remake all the amazing old games lucas arts once did and make trillions of dollars, thus pleasing all the fans AND restoring his good name and buying his soul from the devil


too bad this happened in a parallel universe

FAKEPIX
FAKEPIX

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

wildamnesia
wildamnesia

And why would they?  LucasFarts isn't the company it once was.  EA, keep doing what you're doing.  Flip a finger to the haters, I love ya!

zhing_wong
zhing_wong

I'd rather see LucasArt die than seeing EA buying it

Hurvl
Hurvl

"new video footage of Battlefront III emerges" If the game is not in production I think you shouldn't show us footage of it. "Look, here's more footage of  a game you'll probably never get to play!".

Darkhol0w
Darkhol0w

I'd rather just let this studio "die" with dignity than a crappy publisher get their hands on them.

They've have a good 30year run with all the classic adventure games that defined that genre in the "golden age".

jark888
jark888

In a long run, buying other company by this ''soul eater'' would not be good for any party(buyer, seller, or consumers).

Imatyta
Imatyta

F**k you Disney! F**k you up your stupid ass!

commanderxp90
commanderxp90

I'm glad that the EA better leave the LucaArts alone.  EA is a full piece of $hit. LOL! :)

FallenOneX
FallenOneX

Like EA could afford Disney's price right now...... Give it a year, then they'll consider a reasonable offer, maybe.

tionmedon
tionmedon

LA is to good for U.......................

DasianSensation
DasianSensation

Fuck you EA. Leave LucasArts alone. Last thing we need is you whoring out LucasArts like you did with Bioware.

tsunami2311
tsunami2311

I rather LA dies then EA buy them and EA does what they do best to developers which is run there franchises into the ground before killing them, and running there franchises into the ground more

LordRaymond
LordRaymond

That is not even news. How do you buy a licensing studio?

supershinobi3
supershinobi3

"which sources say was actually planned as Star Wars Battlefield III". It´s like a call o wars fps game?

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

EA: "We don't need to buy and ruin them - they already ruined themselves."

Devil_wings00
Devil_wings00

Wait is lucasarts even for sale? Sure they aren't making games but didn't Disney just convert it to a licensing firm type thing? The studio is gone as in no longer a thing so what is there to buy?

Icepick_Trotter
Icepick_Trotter

Well, the bad news is no more Star Wars games will be made.

The good news is no more Star Wars games will be made.

Aaronp2k
Aaronp2k

@RSM-HQ imo lucasarts where the best developer of their time, they made some incredible games which were true to the movie franchises they were made to represent. they always managed to please their fans, only game I would say they really let down their fans was escape from monkey island since the ending was not that great, but it was still a good game not a complete bust. I can't really name another bad game from lucas arts

stev69
stev69

@vadagar1 Im not sure why you took the time to write that, I feel bad for you.

neroist
neroist

@zhing_wong You rather see 150 people be jobless than getting into EA and make games again?

aeterna789
aeterna789

@zhing_wong Its like a friend turning into a zombie. It may look like your friend but make no mistake, it will sooner or later go for your brain. In EA's case, probably your wallet too.

JBStone1981
JBStone1981

@LordRaymond There's no such thing as a "licensing studio." EA was interested when LucasArts was still an active development house. 

RGAMINGGOD
RGAMINGGOD

@Thanatos2k You SUCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

RSM-HQ
RSM-HQ

@Aaronp2k Exactly. Escape from Monkey Island was still not half bad, just not great either haha. As for best developer of that time?.. Hmm, tough, I'd more likely say 'for me' System 3, or perhaps even Team 17. To be honest the 90's had many great developers, so like always comes down to personal opinion. Lucasarts will be missed nonetheless.

Lucasarts studios was still known for mostly the Starwars franchise games. A good one I always heard buzz over was X-wing Vs Tie-fighter.

Aaronp2k
Aaronp2k

@stev69 @vadagar1 I appreciate his sarcasm, and do not appreciate your sorry excuse of an attempt to humiliate him.

OldKye
OldKye

@neroist @zhing_wong lol EA just layed a bunch of employees would you rather those 150 people were "acquired" by EA just to be fired anyway with false hope....(not to mention the complete and total destruction of another game franchise *cough* i mean valued part of EA *cough* *cough* *cough*)

Zloth2
Zloth2

@Icepick_Trotter Great guns, it's.... it's as bad as "Life Day"!

Death is too good for them.  EA, buy'm out.

stev69
stev69

@Aaronp2k You see sarcasm is supposed to be funny, dont worry you will get the hang of it.

stev69
stev69

 @Aaronp2k It could have been worse, it could have been as bad as yours.