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.