LucasArts closed

[UPDATE] Disney shuts down studio, though Star Wars 1313 could live on through external partnership.

[UPDATE] The GameStop-owned Game Informer magazine has obtained a statement from Disney, confirming LucasArts has been closed.

"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 reads.

"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."

There may be hope for Star Wars 1313, as the representative told the site that it is looking for external partners to help bring the game to market, though nothing has yet been confirmed.

"It is worth noting that we are looking for proven external partners who can help us provide video games to our fans. We still believe in the video game industry, we still will provide Star Wars games, we're just looking at different models rather than internal production… They're evaluating everything. There's always a possibility that it [Star Wars 1313] can still come out via licensing."

Separately, a Disney representative told GameSpot, "Disney Interactive looks forward to working with Lucasfilm on new games opportunities that leverage their incredible IP and brings it to life across gaming platforms."

The original story follows below.

LucasArts is no more. That's according to a Kotaku source, who said Disney has laid off the company's entire staff and canceled all current projects.

The closure took place this morning, the source said, with layoffs estimated to number about 150 people. Star Wars: First Assault and Star Wars 1313 were reportedly both canceled.

This news comes after months of speculation about the future of LucasArts, which Disney acquired, alongside LucasFilm, last October for $4.05 billion. When this deal was announced, LucasArts reportedly froze all hiring and announcements.

LucasArts was most recently known for its Star Wars games, but the studio was also responsible for praised adventure games like The Secret of Monkey Island, Grim Fandango, and Day of the Tentacle, among others.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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June-GS
June-GS

Your later years were no longer as universally respected and glorious as your past, but you will still be remembered, I assure you that much, LucasArts. Farewell...

racerxgundam
racerxgundam

i won't sit here and say that LucasArts was a premier company, their products definitely ranged from suckass to great, and they were pretty much hogged tied to a license that arguably may have limited their creative potential. But i, along with other true videogame fans out there, view this closing as a loss for the industry as a whole. 

LucasArts - you will be missed!!!! RIP!!!

Myke_Divino_8
Myke_Divino_8

After Disney closes down it's 2D animation house, then Lucas Arts. Having financial cuts? hehe

asjflask
asjflask

I look forward to seeing what Disney can do with Star Wars.  They have some of the brightest and most creative minds on the planet.  I definitely can't wait for the new Episode VII movie to come out ~2015.  Here's to hoping for some great Star Wars games and movies from Disney!

vgsak2005
vgsak2005

I know I wouldn't want to work for Lucas Arts. "Make Star Wars games until you die". No thanks. How about people stop buying Star Wars games as Lucas Arts can die.

Nintendo, you're next. Mario and Zelda until the sun explodes? Probably not.

DabirN7
DabirN7

Goodbye LucasArts. You shall be missed.

civicsrkilla
civicsrkilla

Not slapping one employee makes it ok to slap the other.

k0wing
k0wing

one of the best games made by lucas arts was 

Star Wars Republic Commando

guard2182
guard2182

Found this article interesting : http://beta.fool.com/thequast/2013/04/07/why-cancelling-star-wars-1313-is-such-a-good-thing/29180/?source=eogyholnk0000001

Here's some reasons it's a smart move:

  • LucasArt's properties already have a cult-like following.  Disney can leverage this to get the most lucrative licensing agreement.
  • Any developer paying a premium for properties like Star Wars or Indiana Jones is going to push the video game's limits to ensure success.
  • Success will result in a no-cost all-profit situation for Disney.
  • Disney can shop smaller properties like Monkey Island and Full Throttle that likely wouldn't be developed if they all stayed in-house.

txgamerwavg
txgamerwavg

They made best game in 90s and now they got down for while when, I hear new Star Wars 1313 it look very cool, but why!?! they closed it down, you buy them for 4 billion of dollar's few month ago, you sat your ass they say Oh it for studio to go!

OH STUPID IS THAT!!!!:(

I hop someone buy it for fans.

Defsolidus
Defsolidus

I think that any change is good, i mean the Star Wars's got so much potential, it should be exploited to its full extent which is something that Lucasarts couldn't do, going for licencing should've been a move done a long time ago.

And to answer the question: Yes i want more Star Wars games, Action Rpgs, FPS, something else that we haven't seen in a while and granted a genre that has become extinct, space combat sims.

interrasteral7
interrasteral7

I am happy that LucasArts is now close, but I still miss the old LucasArts and feel sad for those that are laid off, because of LucasArts' closure.

Downloadpilot
Downloadpilot

Disney Interactive or Buena Vista's gonna take over, I guess. :/

kohle36
kohle36

I'm torn between my inherent dislike of the acquisition - termination business models, and my acute lack of fucks for a studio who hasn't produced anything worthwhile in over a decade.

CruiserCaptain
CruiserCaptain

4.08 Billion,with a B? Yeah, I get. I'd sell it all too at this point. I mean after Jar Jar, it's not like it can get much "cuter".

nightfire99
nightfire99

Sad to see LucasArts...they made so many great games like the Rogue Squadron and Battlefront Series' plus so many more. Great company, great games, the fans will miss you.

AlexPR_13
AlexPR_13

150 jobs at lucas arts are about to be extinguished. Oh, the Jedis are going to feel this one.

starduke
starduke

In the words of Luke Skywalker..."NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!"

xeoneex66
xeoneex66

Folks, shit like this marks the end of the great age of gaming.  Welcome to the waterworld of gaming...  Where companies like Activision, EA, and now apparently Disney make horrible decisions and ruin lives.  As well as destroy franchises and the hopes and dreams of those wishing for remakes, sequals, prequals even, and all around silliness that is the world of gaming.  Do you see it thar on the har-eye-zooon???? IT'S THE SECOND BIG VIDEO GAME CRASH OF 20xx.  And before people say oh we have alot of good games out.  Guess what, there are an oversaturation of FPS, and crud that you call games, poor idea's such as DRM, and that is sadly pushing the direction for another gaming crash.  The only savior is the new IP of Indie Dev. YES FOLKS INDIE GAMES WILL SAVE THE GAMING INDUSTRY, suffice to say they don't oversaturate with crap.

tim1935
tim1935

More heartless decisions.  I feel bad for all the employees.

Razorlight6
Razorlight6

This is heartbreaking. I know they weren't releasing as good and as many games as years past, but as a longtime fan, I always held out hope. I remember frequently visiting their web site and browsing all of their wonderful games. More recently, I wondered "What's LucasArts working on?" and visited their site to not find much. It saddened me.

Many of their great games (and not so great games) were developed by outside studios, even the classic X-Wing / Tie fighter series, so not much changes on that. It's just really unfortunate that they were working in-house on what looked to be a great concept in Star Wars 1313. If that game is completed by another developer, I hope we get to see the LucasArts logo one more time.

Frosty192
Frosty192

All I have to say is if 1313 does not come out I will have to grab Mickey and choke the bastard.

CrazyOldCracker
CrazyOldCracker

As long as they don't let Activision or EA make the Star Wars Games,  please Disney any one but Activision or EA.

soldierofAthens
soldierofAthens

There's other Publishing companies that should have recieved this type of fate. I mean really Lucas Art's. In all honesty they gave it a shot for the Xbox, PS2, and GameCube day's but were out done by Capcom's Resident Evil 4 and Microsoft's Halo. You can't blame them for trying.

Hell theirs publisher's that are taking advantage of there name far worse than Lucas Arts did in the end.

PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

I can barely believe this. Really goes against the family friendly appeal Disney push to their customers. It's such a shame for the 150 people out of a job. Secret Weapons Over Normandy is probably still my favourite WWII dog-fighter.

hellomikie91
hellomikie91

FUCKING BASTARDS!  What will Yoda say about this? Bastards is you?  As a a loyal Lucas Arts fan, this disgusts me! As a person that grew up on Disney, I never thought they could be so stupid! My childhood is in pieces now!



niteryder1
niteryder1

Im more angry at the lay offs of 150 developers as if its not hard enough to find work in this piece of s(h)it economy <--- pissed off indie developer

chris120379
chris120379

WTF MICKEY MOUSE¡¡¡ U BACKSTABBING SOB...THEN AGAIN, GUESS BUSSINES R BUSSINES...

RedWave247
RedWave247

So what does this mean for the games we love, such as Day of the Tentacle, Full Throttle, and Grim Fandango?

Hopefully (but unlikely), it means that perhaps Double Fine can buy back the rights to the games that helped put them (or certainly at least guys like Tim Schafer) back on the map.

kkxtrouble
kkxtrouble

Does Disney own the Monkey Island franchise now? I really had hopes to see a new MI some day.

VolcanoMan001
VolcanoMan001

Sad. Lucasarts had a long time reputation; sure not all of its games were awesome, but why not at least keep the Lucasarts name alive?  All they really needed was someone to head the place with some sort of vision on the *proper* game series to continue making (ie. Battlefront, Jedi Knight, X-Wing) -- bring back those old *fun* games!

Sheesh. I have a feeling that this is just the beginning of some terrible decision making.  And everyone thought ol' George was bad!

armagrath
armagrath

:/ i just remembered all the great games i played when i was a kid... Day Of Tentacle, Indiana Jones Fate of Atlantis, full throttle and Dig, i admit i am a big fanboy of all adventure games that lucasarts released.

Besides of all the great adventure games they released, i loved Star Wars Tie Figther, X-wing, X-wing Alliance, Dark Forces and many many other Star Wars games like Kotor.

LucasArts Logo is part of my childhood and it will be missed.

hboedijo
hboedijo

Closed ? dont tell me that goofy is calling the shot for disney now...cause this decision is plain idiotic...or is Disney simply afraid that SW related games will outshine the mickey mouse lame games ?

June-GS
June-GS

@vgsak2005 About Nintendo, exactly. It's like that's all they know to do. Pfft...

OldKye
OldKye

@AlexPR_13 I sense a disturbance in Disney Future business models. 

CruiserCaptain
CruiserCaptain

@xeoneex66 Yeah I've actually turned to a lot more indie games lately too. I'm just at the point where I'd rather throw a little cash to help some hard working people bring something new and fresh, even if small. Instead of forking over top dollar for hit or miss AAA titles that tend to be re-vamps of the previous games. Plus I am tired of season passes for dlc that I've never seen, or "Free to Play, Pay to Win" games, or just that general sense of being expected to just buy whatever is marketed the most. As popular as some major AAA titles/franchises are, I feel it's in large part due to the fact that many of these games have the biggest marketing budgets and deals. Who isn't going to remember a game coming out when they have tie-in ads in everything? The biggest posters, the most commercials, the most frequent trailers and whatever... I think a lot get purchased simply because they are the most promoted. (Of course to an extent, I am sure the popularity also helps fuel the marketing budgets too. And so the great circles of... stuff, continues.)

adrianjarca
adrianjarca

@Frosty192 I would choke him even if it does come out. You know, just in case it's shit.

WylFret
WylFret

@CrazyOldCracker Why? EA = Bioware = arguably the best Star Wars RPG ever in the original Knights of the Old Republic. I know Bioware has previously stated they aren't interested in doing 3rd party licensed games anymore, but I'd like to see them do another.

shim0
shim0

@hboedijo They are closing the DEVELOPMENT studio, there will still be Star Wars games, but made by other studios, licensed through Disney. Just  like it used to be with Jedi Outcast, Jedi Academy, Rogue Squadron : Rogue Leader, KOTOR and The Old Republic.

Nothing to fear, they just dumb a poor-developping studio. Their last good game was Republic Commando in 2005! 

ioshilee
ioshilee

@CruiserCaptain I've seen the Wasteland 2 pre-alpha footage. It looks a way better than a modern AAA "blockbuster"... I'm so happy I've backed it up. And new Torment title, too.

CrazyOldCracker
CrazyOldCracker

@WylFret @CrazyOldCracker

Well back when Knights of the Old Republic games where made BioWare had nothing to do with EA.  It was LucasArts and BioWare that made Knights of the Old Republic. ( I agree they where the best Star Wars RPG's). 

But IMO everything EA sucks crap, they don't seem to care much for the quality of there games or there customers just $$$.  The only games i will play with there logo attached to it is if i see BioWare right next to it.  

Without George behind the game or BioWare in control i'm scared of what sort of shit they will turn Star Wars games into.