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LucasArts Closed

Disney has shut down seminal computer game developer LucasArts, reports Kotaku, saying over 150 jobs have been lost amid the cancellation of Star Wars: First Assault and Star Wars 1313. They attribute this to a reliable source, and a confirmation can be found on GameInformer, where they have a comment from a representative from LucasFilm saying the cancellation of Star Wars 1313 is not absolute, as they will be looking to license games like that planned action/adventure in the future. "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," the rep told them. "It's super sad. It's a terrible day. I want to make sure everyone realizes that there still will be Star Wars games out there."

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68. Re: LucasArts Closed Apr 3, 2013, 19:10 Orogogus
Fantaz wrote on Apr 3, 2013, 18:40:
Orogogus wrote on Apr 3, 2013, 17:11:
Rattlehead wrote on Apr 3, 2013, 16:34:
Beamer wrote on Apr 3, 2013, 16:20:
Rattlehead wrote on Apr 3, 2013, 16:19:
Welp, there goes any hopes of a proper kotor sequel. Thanks Disney.

Uh... how so?

LucasArts didn't make them.
Because Disney is a shit company that like all the other swine of the industry sees no profit in traditional games anymore and believes all the money is in micro transactions, F2P and mobile games. I highly doubt they will give EA, Bioware or Obsidian the rights to another large production AAA game, especially on a scale of something like KoToR or ToR.

I truly believe the future of Star Wars games are the lego series, upcoming movie tie ins, and shit facebook games. You can kiss goodbye high production Star Wars games, because Disney doesn't believe in that kind of shit. Hell I don't even think we will SEE another Star Wars game until the next Abrahms movie is out.

What do you even know about Disney as a gaming company? I mean, what is any of this based on?

I'd say he based it off very good observations... so good that I'd definitely say there is some truth there. It's also becoming a trend, and I do notice Disney loves their mobile gaming division a lot more and just say fuck off to any triple 'A' titles probably also partly due to the rising costs of next-gen PS4/720. I just think that they could've handled this better instead of cutting 150 jobs like that... kind of heartless when you'd think they'd have a shitload of money to fund a company like that for at least another few decades.

Would it kill you to post independently verifiable facts? Disney has never been a particularly strong force in gaming. Outside of Kingdom Hearts and inevitable movie tie-ins they don't have any strong mark in the field, because generally speaking their properties aren't a great fit. What AAA titles have they blown off? Marvel and Star Wars on the other hand are good fits, and they haven't crushed this year's upcoming Marvel games (although that MMORPG is obviously on the standard road to failure), and they say they want to license out Star Wars. What's the evidence to the contrary?

Jerykk wrote on Apr 3, 2013, 17:57:
If this were the 90's, this would be terrible news. However, LucasArts has been a hollow shell of itself for the past decade. The only good games they've been involved with are the ones they licensed to third-party developers like Bioware and Raven.

Starwars 1313 looked like a really promising upcoming game that was being developed, so that's disappointing...

I thought 1313 looked like more crap coasting on the popularity of the license, personally. From the previews: "the game will feature a combination of cover-based combat, platforming, and 'playable cinematic gameplay.'" Swell.

I really do agree with the sentiment that those 150 people had been producing nothing of value since... I guess Republic Commando in 2005 was decent. 150 jobs is sad and all, but the fact remains that they've been paid to produce nothing particularly good for the past 7+ years. I don't feel like it's Disney's job to effectively pension them for freaking decades just because they can.
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