LucasArts president resigns

Darrell Rodriguez departs Star Wars company after two-year run; publisher affirms development schedule not impacted.

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Darrell Rodriguez's stint as president of LucasArts has proven to be short lived. LucasArts confirmed for GameSpot today that Rodriguez has resigned his post at the publisher, having joined the company in April 2008. The publisher declined to comment on the circumstances surrounding Rodriguez's departure. His replacement has yet to be officially named.

Darrell Rodriguez

Contrary to initial online reports, LucasArts noted that Rodriguez was not followed out the door by other members of the publisher's executive team. The representative also noted that "development, production, and upcoming releases will not be impacted" by his departure.

During his time at LucasArts, the publisher launched its best-selling Star Wars: The Force Unleashed action adventure, the second installment of which is due later this year. Other releases during his tenure included Day 1 Studios' Fracture, a reboot to the Monkey Island adventure series, and Indiana Jones and the Staff of Kings. LucasArts, Electronic Arts, and BioWare also announced their collaboration on the massively multiplayer online role-playing game Star Wars: The Old Republic while Rodriguez served as president.

Prior to his role at LucasArts, Rodriguez served as chief operating officer at 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-Berkeley.

Rodriguez replaced Jim Ward, who served as president of LucasArts' publishing label from 2004-2008. After holding a year-long position at venture capital firm Alsop Louie, Ward entered the political sphere and is currently vying for a seat in the US House of Representatives for Arizona's 5th Congressional District.

Discussion

88 comments
Ripper_TV
Ripper_TV

He's a businessman, not a gamer, what do you want from him? He just moves from company to company...

mrclutch87
mrclutch87

i wish starwars game would stray away from the typical light side dark side and just focus on a fun game force unleashed 1 was alright but it feels to confined. It would be cool if they could get a ninja gaiden fight control. but thats just my opinion

jamerncc1701
jamerncc1701

SW: Battlefront 3!!!!! GOD D^MMIT!!! HOW LONG MUST WE WAIT!!!???

FidelSarcastro
FidelSarcastro

Well maybe they will finally get someone in there that will finally give us an updated version of X-Wing and Tie-Fighter instead of leaving us with the only option of modding X-Wing Alliance.

jrest4nk8
jrest4nk8

Hopefully the next person will have some foresight to rejuvenate an X-Wing Vs Tie-Fighter series or something along the lines like the classic game "Freelancer" set in the SW Universe...and how about SW Battlefront 3?!??

AdamK47
AdamK47

He couldn't think of any new way to milk Star Wars. Original ideas were beyond him, so the only logical thing to do was resign.

dynomitemasta
dynomitemasta

Good.... how about one or two games on the level of Uncharted 2, or Mass Effect 2 even? I'm sorry but the force unleashed just isn't in that league... You would think they would at least have a Mass Effect styled Star Wars game that looks sick and plays like a dream, but no.... they don't seem to be able to pull it off.

Qiynah
Qiynah

Really though, whatever happened to the space flight sim? It's impossible that no market exists for a game like Rogue Squadron or X-Wing on next-gen and PC. People are suffering Star Trek Online by thousands for the chance to pilot starships, it cannot be that gamers wouldn't buy an updated Star Wars sim. Just take it out of the original timeline for god's sake, no one needs more Hoth.

MdoRandoms
MdoRandoms

Hopefully LA will start to produce good quality games again

rushisurf
rushisurf

@kankerhoer I completely agree. However, I can kind of understand Lucas trying to get a younger generation involved with the franchise. Then again, I'm sure George doesn't care because he is getting older and he knows he'll be "passing" like Yoda to the next world.

kankerhoer
kankerhoer

They should fire George Lucas for what he did to Indiana Jones. Or Star Wars for that matter...

bennie12
bennie12

Whatever happened to the Indiana Jones 360 game? Anyhow, get a good Indiana game and a new single player KOTOR- even if it doesn't take place in the same general time but the same formula and great storytelling. Anyone, Obsidian or Bioware or anyone. Please.

YoungSinatra25
YoungSinatra25

If I see the words Lucasarts or Star Wars and its not followed by Battlefront 3 I couldn't care less...

Big_Mac4547
Big_Mac4547

GOOD maybe we will get some Star Wars Battlefront 3!

vicsrealms
vicsrealms

Its not just LucasArts that have been slacking. The Clone War cartoon series has been responsible for changes in the lore of the Star Wars universe that clashed with Republic Commando series by Karen Travis. Which ended a really good series about the Mando as well as a really interesting continuation of the Clone Wars era.

HawkeDB
HawkeDB

Have to agree with several people here! We want Republic Commando 2, Reboot of X-Wing and Tie Fighter. For consoles and PC please, none of this "PC 6 months to a year down the line" crap like TFU. P.S. If this is the guy responsible for the PC wait, then good riddance. PC sales made LucasArts what it is today so they can make great console games. Don't screw the PC over.

The_crapgamer
The_crapgamer

Star Wars Battlefront 3! I mean Star Wars Battlefront 2 was only the best selling Star Wars game and we have yet to see a next gen follow up. 5 years and 3 developers later and nothing.

brok
brok

Maybe someone will now actually see how much massive demand there is for a reboot of X-Wing and Tie Fighter. If they had that feature out of Secret of Monkey Island where you can switch between old and new graphics, and also be able to play with the original dynamic midi musical scores... well what we'd have here is a flawless space sim package.

DAMSOG
DAMSOG

The last games to come out of the Lucasarts studio smelled worse than a pile of bantha pudu, the force unleashed was generic rubbish aimed at the "ooo look at the lightsabre" market, if anyone at Lucasarts pays attention to the gaming scene have a look at how many people are quite literally begging for Battlefront 3/Tie v Xwing, MW2 even made a galactic mod so they play their own starwars game, what do they announce...another force unleashed...spend my space credits at the cantina bar instead.

Draconous79
Draconous79

I reckon it would be awesome if they rebooted the x-wing/tie fighter series... I absolutely played those games to death back in the day. With the latest graphic capabilities of modern pc's and consoles it would be epic!

TheoleDominion
TheoleDominion

LucasArts has made some great titles in the past, I'm really disappointed they haven't done better with the current gen systems. I personally would like to see new versions of Gladius and Wrath Unleashed.

BrickTamland314
BrickTamland314

make Republic Commando 2 and I would love you forever

TLM16
TLM16

My main issue right now with Lucasarts is this madness with KOTOR III. I know, way to beat a dead horse, but ARGH! It would've been amazing with Bioware on it, and with appropriate attention paid. But no, instead we're looking at this MMO. I'm not going to make any pre-judgements about it but at the same time, I have absolutely no interest. I don't want to rely on other people to make progress in a game, it ruins it for me. And that's ultimately what you have to do in an MMO. Not buying. Massively Money Opportunists?

foxrock66
foxrock66

@Trust2112 They do owe a lot to PC, assuredly, but sadly PC games are not as big a market as they used to be with the many improvements consoles have made over the past decade. While consoles still don't measure up to PCs from a technical perspective, the average consumer isn't all that interested in what platform has the "edge" as it were. I do agree with you on Tie Vs X Wing, that would be doubly nice. They'd have to be careful though, to avoid it becoming a run-of-the-mill fps. Another oldie-but-goodie that could stand a sequel is Jedi Power Battles. Despite the less than flattering reviews it recieved, that game was a blast. I don't think I spent more time on any other game of that era.

trust2112
trust2112

Yea, they really bent me, when they first did not release tfu for pc. Their would be NO la if not for pc players. Most companies forget this when they do exclusive made for console games. I boycott all, I mean after all, they make the damn games on computers, so they should play the games on computers.

trust2112
trust2112

If LA is to remake ANY game, 1st one they need to do is SW tie fighter VS x-wing. That game ruled for years

foxrock66
foxrock66

Oh well, he tried. On to the next President. Personally, I want see some new console Battlefront action, Republic Commando 2, and perhaps some more Jedi Knight. At least a remake of Dark Forces. But that's not likely to happen unfortunately.

MdoRandoms
MdoRandoms

I hope that LA will reboot the battlefront series with console games and no more handheld games. The Battlefront series was one of their best games and i still play Battlefront 1 and 2 to this day on my 360. On something different, I agree with everyone on The Force Unleashed. It had so much potential and hype but then you played it and realized that it fell over and died during development. I will not be getting TFU 2 if its being made by Krome. LA has lost its touch on making great games.

xBloodKnighTx
xBloodKnighTx

I agree whole-heartedly with Poundage and VarietyMage. I was so excited for The Force Unleashed, and while it's not horrible, it's just... unpolished and sloppy. I thought it was going to be the next evolution of the Jedi Outcast, Jedi Academy games. Maybe no one here will agree with me, but I think the pacing of The Force Unleashed was off. I would've liked it to be a bit slower, and where your actions were more deliberate, instead of the button mashing. Anyway, getting back on track, I think LucasArts and Bioware should have stuck with the excellent single player storytelling they're known for. I like multiplayer gaming, but I do NOT want to be forced to depend on other people for my enjoyment of a game. In my experience, most of the people online act like morons. So NO I will not be buying.

Poundage2794
Poundage2794

Okay, I love Star Wars. I mean, I'm obsessed with it, but LucasArts has got to step up their quality of game creation. The Force Unleashed had incredible potential and hype, but when it came out, I was horribly dissapointed. What did we receive? Nothing more than a button-mashing slop of a game. Maybe I'm being to harsh, but I sure as heck was depressed when I sat down with this game for the first time expecting something revolutionary. Changing the topic just a little, I must commend VarietyMage on making such an excellent point. It seems he practically read my mind and spoke it for me. Knights of the Old Republic is undoubtedly my favorite Star Wars game ever, if not my favorite GAME ever. The sequel was good too, but its rushed production left a few things to be desired. Now let's think about this: how many series are there with only two installments? Hardly any! This upcoming MMO (The Old Republic) nearly made me sob when it was announced. Why an MMO?! Anything but an MMO! And by BioWare too! It seems they would've stepped in and said, "You sure about this? KotOR was a massive hit, and KotOR II wasn't far behind. Let's resolve the ambiguous ending of The Sith Lords with an amazing finale!" But NO! George Lucas had to be a vortex of dollar bills and request an MMO. I guarentee KotOR III would make more money than this MMO crap. It almost blows my mind at how much this situation didn't go my way, and most likely yours too.

KoJack-Stewart
KoJack-Stewart

continuing.... You could build your own spaceships, deck it out with decals, and parts you salvaged or made by other players who decided to become shipwrights. It was a player world run and evolved by the players themselves. There were giant player cities where anyone could visit and tour the homes and buildings. You could have w/e you wanted, made w/e you wanted. Hell there were even professions where all you did was play music and whoever chose to listen would get a nice buff. The cantina were actually busy with people who came to just chat. And does anyone remember the Corellia Starport? There were mobs and lines of people there for buffs from the elite doctors to the seductive dancers and musicians, to the multiple player trading towns just outside the city selling wares for your next adventure out. It was an active ever changing economy and universe unlike the constant grind fest repetitive spew we've come to call WoW. The days of SWG pre-NGE are gone, but it certainly deserves to be recognized for it's outstanding quality, NOT tainted by the poor decisions lucas arts and soe made in the time after. That is all!

KoJack-Stewart
KoJack-Stewart

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KoJack-Stewart
KoJack-Stewart

@deathcon4 SWG was much more than decent, it had pretty much EVERYTHING. I speak of the pre-NGE time when the combat was fun, hard and complicated to the point where you needed raid groups of 20 just to do elite missions. You had literally whole worlds to explore with barely any instance loadings cause the entire planet was one huge instance. Everything was made by the players from armor, clothes, houses, guildhalls, furniture, weapons, etc and they all had different stats! no two weapons or armor were the same unless made by the same player in one of their factories. The professions were numerous and balanced! You had doctors, armorsmiths, weaponsmiths, and bioengineers to create your favorite pet. People were forced to work hard to locate and harvest the elite resources from different planets to make the good things. Much better than running the same dungeon a hundred times trying to get a weapon or armor drop from some named mob. Then later on they expanded with Jump to Lightspeed. they unlocked SPACE!

VarietyMage
VarietyMage

I won't be getting SW:TOR. I don't buy MMOGs, period. I like single-player gaming where the story is the focus, and I don't have to worry about net lag or disconnects. I also believe in owning my games forever (as long as I keep an old computer with a functional OS to run them on). I don't believe in renting, which is all playing an MMOG is. When the server is shut down, you have nothing. I don't care if LucasArts put out the Eve Online equivalent of X-Wing Vs. TIE Fighter, I still wouldn't get it if it's an MMOG. It's bad enough I have to upgrade my computer every few years just to keep up, without having to bleed money every month. I won't even go into play balance, where kids have 24/7 to pump up their characters, while adults have to work. Unless I get KOTOR 3 or the next versions of SW Battlefront or SW Empire At War, LucasArts won't get a dime from me. And no changing of the guard at their company will help anything if the man on high (Lucas) doesn't see the real picture.

deathcon4
deathcon4

@KoJack-Stewart Star Wars Galaxies was decent. Not magnificent. The only major succesfull MMO is WoW as much as I can't stand it. Old Republic looks like the clone wars cartoon graphics isn't Bioware the developer team behind it? If so then they may pull it off as BioWare haven't made a game rated less than good. You know why MMO's are so unpopular? Cause with a £5 subscription someone could go and get Xbox Live where there is unlimited access to hundreds of online games rather than one. When they make an MMO free and good they'll make profit from sales alone. Then additional DLC for in a star wars sense more oufits and lightsabers or so. Lord D.

KoJack-Stewart
KoJack-Stewart

Lucas Arts and SOE did make one magnificent Star Wars game called Star Wars Galaxies. It was amazing MMO in the beginning up until the developers decided to set it on fire with their NGE update which basically ruined it for nearly everyone and caused them to lose subscriptions in the millions! Because of that I'm hesitant on giving The Old Republic a chance despite it being made by Bioware, as great as they are. Who knows, maybe they'll have a 1 week free trial period and change my mind. Either way I've got my eyes set on a bigger project, FINAL FANTASY XIV Muahahahahahahah!!!!

supernaught360
supernaught360

Online Rogue Squadron. Empire vs Rebellion (Anyone fancy joining teammates to stop the X-Wings from completing the Death Star bombing run, or trying to blow it up with teammates?) Bounty Hunters chasing Smugglers through asteroid fields? Battle for Endor? Why has this game never been made?? Bottom line: as long as George "I make the movies I want to see" Lucas is footing the bill, we're not going to get quality products. And if George decides to revisit the movie franchise, let's make sure he IS the only one that sees his crappy movies.

TLM16
TLM16

I'll undoubtedly get voted down for this as it's Gamespot but... he's pretty hot. And on that basis I'm disappointed. But tbh, Lucasarts has really, really failed at making good Star Wars games. They're never as good as they could be. Maybe this marks a turning point?

green_dominator
green_dominator

@des_kong I agree.....a return of X-Wing vs Tie would be cool as would Battlefront 3 for consoles and PC, Also I'd kinda like to see a game that plays a little like Shadows Of The Empire but set in the Old Republic era maybe even some Jedi Academy action....

Heshertonfist
Heshertonfist

"Contrary to initial online reports, LucasArts noted that Rodriguez was not followed out the door by other members of the publisher's executive team." Sounds like some paranoia is sweeping through the gaming industry since all the drama at Activision.

mdboomer
mdboomer

I agree with the others, who cares! Everyone knows who really calls all the shots there.

des_kong
des_kong

I want remake of Xwing vs Tie Simulator and Battlefront 3

ymarkman
ymarkman

Ok. So the leader is out. Big deal. Develop Star Wars Battlefront 3, take your time, get it right, and I will be very happy. I loved the first one, didn't much like the second, and now.... pause....... Lucasarts, your older video games were much better. Start making some really cool games, or make SWB3, and maybe I will buy one of them again.... like I ONCE did in the past. Like always, time will tell.

IrishBulldog93
IrishBulldog93

unfortunately the one you call battlefront 3 . . . is dead :( and its not coming back anytime soon :( :( thanks to lucasarts scraping it early in development to make room on there schedule (probably to make force unleashed) so on behalf of everyone here R.I.P :(

Dan21278
Dan21278

GIVE ME KOTOR 3 GIVE ME BF3 Come on lucasarts!!

Wam11
Wam11

Force unleashed had problems on all platforms it seems. i think this new game i think its an MMO. star wars themed. i might have to get for sure.