EALA COO new force at LucasArts

Darrell Rodriguez departs Los Angeles studio to take reins of Star Wars publisher as president.

Shortly before the D.I.C.E. Summit in early February, LucasArts announced that Jim Ward, its president of nearly four years, was abruptly resigning for personal reasons. The news came as a shock, given that he had been credited with overseeing the rebuilding of LucasArts' internal development following a major restructuring." He also helped spearhead the new team's first project, Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, which is being billed as a successor to the multibillion-dollar Star Wars film trilogies.

Now, two months later, LucasArts has named Ward's successor. The new president of the game arm of filmmaker George Lucas' multimedia empire is Darrell Rodriguez, the current Chief Operating Officer of Electronic Arts' Los Angeles studio. There, he helped oversee development of such games as SSX on Tour, Medal of Honor: Airborne, Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars, and The Lord of the Rings: Battle for Middle Earth II. A Bay Area native, he holds an MBA from the University of California-Berkley.

Rodriguez begins work at LucasArts in mid-April, ahead of a series of major multiplatform releases from LucasArts. June will see Lego Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures ship, followed by Star Wars: The Force Unleashed in the third quarter, and Fracture during the holidays.

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Hobbitslayer18
Hobbitslayer18

Till now there are no plans for another SW battlefront, but I really hope they are going to make one, it's one of my favorite games.

tbradford2
tbradford2

Yeah, I wish GL would have let someone other director in control of the movies.

why9090909090
why9090909090

No, EA will not buy out LucasArts, GL wouldn't have it. In an interview he even said that he would NEVER let another director film another star wars movie, he wants the "starwars" name to be under his belt, not someone else's. WHich is why there will not another star wars movie. Ultimatley he wouldn't have someone else buy out his company that makes star wars titles as well

DBZ-Dude15
DBZ-Dude15

Okay 1: EA sucks their only good franchise is Sims 2: Good luck to the guy from EA, i would have left to. 3: They need a Good game based on the Movies not the crap that they have, actually im pretty fond of Lego Star Wars: TCS. 4: Star Wars: Battlefront 3

Generalmojo
Generalmojo

is battlfront 3 coming out if so im getin it on da ps3 no doubt!

spacepirate58
spacepirate58

Come on...COME ON, bring Battlefront 3 to Wii! I heard a release date of March 2009, but I pray it's earlier!

Mith19
Mith19

i want to know if star wars battlefront 3 is coming out for next gen consoles come on lucasarts just tell me please (or someone please)

Vasot
Vasot

The game has some interesting physics :) I will buy it for my XBOX360 :) Its strange that Lucasarts abandoned the PC :( Also Star wars Force Unleashed looks like a cool game :)

Jusik
Jusik

OMG i am gonna buy this game!!!

acidviper13
acidviper13

Im tired of Jedi games! I WANT STAR WARS SHOOTERS!!

stormtrooper222
stormtrooper222

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stormtrooper222
stormtrooper222

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spike6958
spike6958

@ Iemander I guess you forgot about, Jedi Outcast and Jedi Academy are the sequels to Darkforces 2 Jedi Knight

deesnutts25
deesnutts25

EA would have a very hard time buying out LucasArts considering all of the money Star Wars has made since 1977.

masterclone
masterclone

Why did everyone start talking about EA buying LucasArt? It's not what the story says. It's not relevant at all. LucasArt just hired an employee of EA. Congrats to Darrel Rodriguez on the new job.

Iemander
Iemander

Dark Forces JK 3 please!

mrbojangles25
mrbojangles25

Whatever, let them hire whomever they want I WANT TIE FIGHTER 2 DAMMIT!

Soundwave079
Soundwave079

nice.....I'll buy everything he makes lol

destrozz
destrozz

Even if EA did buy Lucasarts, im quite sure GL will have full control over Star Wars projects. hes the end all and be all of that franchise.

Leick3
Leick3

i dont care who it is i just want them to make a third Battlefront and KoToR

bertm1975
bertm1975

I also miss Outlaw. About the only good western game I've played, and I still have it. As for people saying they want remakes of games, I say NO REMAKES! Instead I want a NEW Dark Forces game with maybe a new character working with Kyle Katarn since he's a major Jedi, a NEW Shadow of the Empire game with Dash Rendar (Could be combined with Dark Forces). Also I agree with TIE Fighter II and a new X-Wing game, instead of the poor Jedi Starfighter and Starfighter games. Also we need a Republic Commando 2 since I really enjoyed the 1st game a lot, though it should be called Imperial Commando, maybe having the team either hunt Jedis or break away and work for the Rebels. Geez, all these potiental would give LucasArts plenty of games until the end of the 360 and PS3 cycles and maybe into the next generation. I remember they used to come out with a lot of LucasArts games during the PC boom, and I got almost all of them, even Grim Fandango and all of the Monkey Island games.

nintendoboy16
nintendoboy16

EA don't you dare buy Lucasarts, that company belongs to George Lucas, if you buy them I'll be so ticked.

Pete5506
Pete5506

Well more for EA to take over

theembassy
theembassy

You know the world is amiss when game execs get actor/lavalife-like "head shots". I can't wait for "Yoda in Chaos in the Windy City" and "Darth-Fu".

uppal
uppal

hey stupids don't curse lukasarts if ea takes it over the 50 years will be full of "starwars soccer" and "darkside baseball" oh don't forget "sabersking" or "force football"

Muppetguy21
Muppetguy21

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daveyf03
daveyf03

@UnforeseenJay EA has a lot of money to through around, but Lucas is no slouch in the financial department. Lucas is fond of owning his intellectual properties and all things associated with them. That way only he can screw them up.

UnforeseenJay
UnforeseenJay

Don't worry. he'll be working for EA again when EA inhales Lucasarts too.

basilfaulty
basilfaulty

All of LucasArt's previous sins shall be forgiven if they make a PC-exclusive TIE Fighter II. I'll still be happy if they just make a new PC game... I can't believe that the last PC game they made was Empire at War, back in 2006.

VenomRitual
VenomRitual

oh man a remake of shadows of the empire would be great!

absinthewfaust
absinthewfaust

Thank goodness, Jim Ward was a console humping ass. Now that an ex EA is in power, we'll see Force Unleashed on PC.. look at Mass Effect. bioware: 'not on pc evar!! *merger with ea* ea: 'get to work!'

Jimbo9981
Jimbo9981

Mauller, I agree. A remake of SotE would be awesome, as would a remake of the first 3 Dark Forces/Jedi Knight titles. The biggest caveat with that, though, would be that they need to include the originals with the remakes.

Relys
Relys

I think the guy that left was the lesser of two evils... Why can't Lucas Arts be good again?

MajorBrian
MajorBrian

Battlefront 3 Battlefront 3 Battlefront 3! and of course KOTOR 3!!!!

Feniks9174
Feniks9174

KotOR 3!! KotOR 3!! KotOR 3!! KotOR 3!! KotOR 3!! KotOR 3!! KotOR 3!! KotOR 3!! KotOR 3!! KotOR 3!! KotOR 3!! KotOR 3!! KotOR 3!! KotOR 3!! KotOR 3!! KotOR 3!! Come on Mr. Rodriguez, you know you want to!!!!

2w-sephiroth
2w-sephiroth

This is the only piece of *star wars* media that I am highly very interested to buy and play, screw this and I would be very pissed off. I want this game to get high scores...

wiifan001
wiifan001

Hey why don't ya do me a favor and not have the force unleashed suck?

speed45823
speed45823

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Prokroustis2
Prokroustis2

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Mauller
Mauller

I want them to remake Shadows of the Empire.

i_got_you60
i_got_you60

i too agree with bertm1975 we really need a game set in the original trilogy of star wars films and a new monkey island game and kotor 3 which is not an mmorpg of course and i share the i share the same disgust for EA as you my friend

Shmoe82
Shmoe82

Maybe they could make another Dark Forces, Battlefronts, maybe something involving the ewoks.

mbchfdh2
mbchfdh2

Agreed, bertm1975. I remember when the LucasArts name guaranteed an A-1, top-drawer title. The X-Wing/TIE Fighter series, the numerous fabulous adventure games (Day of The Tentacle being my personal favourite) and, very recently, the Knights of The Old Republic games - another of those would be very welcome, indeed...

bertm1975
bertm1975

LucasArts has been pretty sluggish recently. For a company that had great franchises they've been pretty bad with a few gems. I'd like to see another KOTOR game, a return of Dark Forces, for crying out loud a BOBA FETT and bounty hunter game, more games set in the Original Trilogy and New Republic, a return of Monkey Island, Loom, and more Indiana Jones games. They're as bad as EA, who has all of Origin's property like Ultima, Wing Commander, and Crusader, and does NOTHING with them.

werc96
werc96

lol jk guys..i know its not ea..but if it wouldve been....out with everyone from there.

werc96
werc96

Out of EA??? im for it dude. welcome to a REAL company.