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Disney Acquires LucasArts

The Walt Disney Co. has agreed to acquire Lucasfilm for $4.05 billion in cash and stock, in one of the big stories the storm prevented us from reporting when it was announced yesterday. As noted by latimes.com, the deal includes ILM and most everything else from the Star Wars franchise to LucasArts, the company's gaming arm. The story focuses on plans to imbue Disney's theme parks with The Force and on plans to continue the Star Wars film series, but Forbes has word on the gaming implications of this, suggesting that this might make LucasArts' gaming efforts less focused, rather than more. They say Bob Iger indicated PC titles will likely be licensed, and "In its core division, Disney will likely be focusing on social and mobile games based around Star Wars." In the meantime, Star Wars 1313 is still on track, but they also note the complications of persuing other projects gamers dream about: "As for all those other dream titles? Itís more complicated than just Lucas being out of the picture. KOTOR 3 for example is under the license granted to EA/Bioware currently, and after the disaster of The Old Republic, itís hard to imagine them gambling on a game so similar, even if the old ones were classics."

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43. Re: Disney Acquires LucasArts Nov 1, 2012, 10:43 Creston
 
nin wrote on Nov 1, 2012, 09:27:
And have you SEEN their F2P bullshit? F2P characters can't fucking SPRINT until level 15. The whole thing reeks of EAware going "Well FUCK! If none of you will pay for it, then I guess we'll go F2P, but we're gonna fuck you freeloading bastards over every single fucking chance we get!"

I think it was RPS where I saw a quote that basically said "Since you wouldn't pay money for these features, we're going to remove some and somehow that will make it more attractive."


I can just see everyone at Bioware grinding their teeth together when they talk about going F2P, since they obviously figured they were going to be rolling in subscription money.

Funny how if you make a talking MMORPG based around fifteen year old gameplay, it doesn't really sell anymore.

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