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.

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.

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147 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.

macaque12
macaque12

I'm glad they don't even intend to do it, they could possibly release something good out of LucasArts catalogue. Actually it doesn't mater which company buy it, it's the people that worked on the original great games 

etmaul
etmaul

They should!  It might improve their credibility...okay, who am I kidding.

Toadamus
Toadamus

Give it to ken levine,the guy knows how to write good stories.

Killer6b9
Killer6b9

well there is a change...EA not wanting to swallow up just about everything that in its path....lets hope they just don't plan on changing their mind.....

chansaet
chansaet

Dear god please no. Starrwars game where you pay $2 to change the color of your light saber. 

91210user
91210user

'Let buy Star Wars Battlefront, trash it up, see it go down hill and then not buy Lucasart, that's the vision we have in mind' = EA! Trolling is an art maybe to EA!

cboye18
cboye18

Should battlefront 3 come out, it better have skirmish were you fight bots... Don't give a crap about multiplayer

cboye18
cboye18

Damn you Pandemic if only i knew you weren't doing so wel :..(

msfan1289
msfan1289

hell maybe i should buy Lucas Arts

blutosan
blutosan

EA has a pattern that is typical of large businesses.  It goes after companies that are up-and-coming or at their peak.  EA does not have an interest in purchasing companies that are in decline because that would not be good for EA's stock value.  

Daian
Daian

BATTLEFRONT 3 not Battlefield 3. :|

cagedwolf
cagedwolf

Hmm, EA and LucasArts.

I was just thinking how much I really wanted DRM, micro transactions and connection problems in my star wars experience

Or not. 

Hopefully it's not a picture of things to come during disney's "outsourcing" 

JackNief
JackNief

"EA not currently looking to buy LucasArts"

 Whew. That was a close one.

Yulaw2000
Yulaw2000

"EA not currently looking to buy LucasArts" 

Good.

EA would most likely ruin LucasArts if there past behaviour is any indication

tyklon2
tyklon2

BattleFRONT. Battlefield is a shooter made by DICE. Battlefront is the Star Wars war game. Seriously, no one noticed?

coop36
coop36

Id love to see Double Fine or TellTale games buy some of the IPs like Maniac Mansion, Sam & Max, Grim Fandango, Full Throttle, Monkey Island, etc.

We already know Disney will find different devs to make the Star Wars games eventually.

fredwv
fredwv

Grim Fandango 2! Come on!

Shango4
Shango4

I want Sony to buy EA, then kill them and then split up the assets.
Mass Effect by Naught Dog?

Dead Space by Sucker Punch?

and yes I mean buy all the assets, everyone and everything they own.

Whiskey3romeo
Whiskey3romeo

EA needs to concentrate on fixing everything they've broken...not acquiring new stuff to break.