Vader “Noooo”, Etc: Disney Closing LucasArts

By Jim Rossignol on April 3rd, 2013 at 6:43 pm.


Oh dear. Disney have told Game Informer that LucasArts studios are shutting down, although the name will remain to hold the licenses. They explained: “we’ve decided to shift LucasArts from an internal development to a licensing model.” This means Star Wars 1313 is a goner.

There’s clearly quite the story to be told here, but for such a once-mighty studio to have fallen unto complete abandonment must be one of the most catastrophic failures of management in gaming history. That or some kind of Lovecraftian curse. Yeah, maybe that’s it. Our thoughts are with those developers who are now out of work.

[Alternative headline: "LucasAren'ts"? Yeah? Big bucks, right here.]

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129 Comments »

  1. bstard says:

    Out of the home for the elderly and industrial scale users of catheters I hear captain Kirk say ‘HHAAAA-HA!’.

  2. sabasNL says:

    First Read: “Haha you gotta be kidding me, Disney is evil but not this stupid right?”
    Second Read: “But… LucasArts Studios was being re-organized, and is still able to make some good project, this can’t be real…”
    Third Read: “Childhood ruined.”
    Fourth Read: *ragequits*

  3. sophof says:

    Well, at least now their death is official. It was not as if we were ever going to get the games from them that we wanted, at least now there is a – granted, very small – chance.

  4. HisDivineOrder says:

    Can’t say I’m surprised. Lucasarts hasn’t done anything noteworthy except burn money for years now. They had their big times back in decades(!!!!) past. I love those old adventure titles, too. Or the Star Wars games that actually were great. Dark Forces, Jedi Knight, X-Wing, Tie Fighter, X-Wing vs Tie Fighter.

    But those days are long since past gone. The best you can say about the modern output of LucasArts is The Force Unleashed and that game was piss-poor on PC, the only device for gaming that matters imo.

    So really, what is it we’re mourning here? The current LucasArts or the LucasArts that died a long, long time ago? I’ll pour one out for my boy, LucasArts, but I’m going to acknowledge they were dead a long, long time ago.

    Their best bet is to license that stuff out and give us some new Knights of the Old Republic games (not the MMO).

    • Jason Moyer says:

      Lucasarts didn’t develop the X-Wing games did they? I seem to remember Totally Games! or someone made those.