Submitted by darklordzor 722d ago | news

Disney Shuts Down LucasArts, Cancels Star Wars 1313 And Star Wars: First Assault

Staff were involved of the shutdown this morning, according to a reliable Kotaku source. Some 150 people were laid off, and both of the studio's current projects--Star Wars: First Assault and Star Wars 1313--were cancelled. (Industry, LucasArts, Star Wars 1313)

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Black-Rock-Shooter  +   722d ago
This is very sad news...
I was hoping Disney where going to expand the star wars series.
dedicatedtogamers  +   722d ago
This comes as no surprise. Lucasarts hasn't been making good games since...oh, wow. I can't remember the last good game they made. It has been a loooong while.

To be fair, they may be closing the studio to make room for something better. Star Wars licensed games sell well enough. Disney may have something else in mind.
Black-Rock-Shooter  +   722d ago
Does not change the fact that they had to cancel those games could have continued them somewhere else.

EDIT: Also I hope those people that have lost there jobs find new work.
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thechosenone  +   722d ago
With all the positive press this title has already gotten I'm sure one of the big publishers won't hesitate in snatching this up. Oh how I wish Sony would buy it though.

Lucas Rep Says Star Wars 1313 Might Be Saved Through Licensing

"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."
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darthv72  +   722d ago
is this...
a delayed april fools joke or is this for real?

When it comes to anything right around the 1st of April i can never tell. Even though its the 3rd, this could be making the rounds from Monday and everyone else is passing it along thinking its new.

If it IS real...it is real sad.
thechosenone  +   722d ago | Funny
Execute order, 66!
KwietStorm  +   722d ago
Disney has endless funds. They didn't have to kill the studio so quickly after the purchase. Screw them.
That-Guy  +   722d ago
It's Disney. What did you expect? They could at least finish 1313 though.
dedicatedtogamers  +   722d ago
Need I remind anyone that Lucasart's last game was Star Wars Kinect? A title that was shown off three years ago at Microsoft's E3 and ended up like...welll...Star Wars Kinect. Before that was the incredibly mediocre Force Unleashed 2, and before that was the okay but overhyped Force Unleashed. Am I missing something here? The talent left LucasArts a long time ago.
ziggurcat  +   722d ago
"I can't remember the last good game they made. It has been a loooong while."

the indiana jones point-and-click adventure games were pretty great.
Oh_Yeah  +   722d ago
Star wars kinect was bad, the Force Unleashed could have been better, kotor has way dated mechanics...Honestly I don't think I've ever played a GREAT Star Wars game.. I'd rather just play Mass Effect because it's closer to the actual Star Wars feel than anyone has got with an actual Star Wars game.
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Old McGroin  +   722d ago
@ Oh_Yeah

"Star wars kinect was bad, the Force Unleashed could have been better, kotor has way dated mechanics...Honestly I don't think I've ever played a GREAT Star Wars game"

Battlefront 2. It's available on Steam and still pretty popular online, you should check it out.
Pintheshadows  +   722d ago
Republic Commando, Empire at War, X-Wing vs Tie Fighter, Lego Star Wars, The entire Jedi Knight series. These are all excellent Star Wars games.

More importantly though, we'll never see a sequel to The Grim Fandango now and that makes my soul die a little.
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darthv72  +   722d ago
My favorites
were the Rogue squadron series and Lego SW games.

Force unleashed isnt all that bad but it could have been so much more than it was.

I was really looking forward to 1313 but if disney is making new movies then there is a chance the games will be based off those instead.

Perhaps some of the lucas talent will find homes with another top notch developer like naughty dog or others.
Reibooi  +   722d ago
This kinda annoys me. As mentioned it has been awhile since LucasArts made a really good game but I think I know why it bothers me.

Firstly is the legacy of the studio. I mean they may be a shadow of what they used to be now but they used to be one of the best studios in the industry making some of the most intelligent and funny games ever.

Second Star Wars 1313 looked great and I'm not just talking about visually. While it did look stunning it also looked like they were taking inspiration from the right places and had it come out as intended it may have been the game that put them back in a much more positive light. This just could be me hoping for something more then what was happening but that kinda goes back to what I mentioned above. It's a shame. I wonder if anything similar to the games cancelled will be made via the new method Disney seems set on.

We were likley never going to see another Grim Fandango. In fact I would bet it's more likely to see one now. Tim Schaffer likes to own the rights to his games. Hence why he bought the rights to Brutal Legend back. Now that the Studio won't be making games it's Possible Double Fine will be able to buy the rights to some of the older LucasArts stuff like Grim Fandango because Disney likely cares only of the Star Wars stuff.
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NBT91  +   721d ago
Yeah. No way Disney will not cash in on episode VII with at least one game.
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ThanatosDMC  +   721d ago
Dont know about you guys, but YAY! No more $hitty Star Wars games. They didnt have quality control over their games and just license the franchise to whoever. Glad i'll never see Darth Vader dancing.


The Emperor dancing.... smh.
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badz149  +   721d ago
although admittedly they were in the run of mediocre games
1313 looks promising and it even won best show in one if those expo last year, right? Why cancel it altogether?
BitbyDeath  +   721d ago
Probably for the best, has been a while since they had produced decent games.

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STEWIE_PLAY_PS4  +   721d ago
WOW was that sick!.
DeadlyFire  +   721d ago
There is no damn way they can just kill Star Wars 1313.

Set that up on Unreal Engine 4 maybe which would require a complete rework of the game.
Ritsujun  +   721d ago
gedapeleda  +   721d ago
I remember the last good game was jedi academy.
Loved that game to death
joab777  +   722d ago
Its because they r gonna start making movie games for the new trilogy and mobile games.
jmc8888  +   721d ago
They are going to LICENSE the game out.

Which can work, and also usually doesn't work.

Luckily Star Wars is such a known thing, it may be easier for others to make such a game compared to other franchises, but still.

What it means is 1313 isn't going to be made. First Assault isn't going to be made.

The studio has been disbursed and as they said (maybe as an update) in the article, the chances are effectively zero anyone will pick them up and be able to get those people making it to finish it.

What this also means is that if Disney licensed a game to be made, we're about two or so years from it being released. Probably late 2015. Sad, I was looking forward to a game in late 2013, and perhaps first assault sometime in 2014.
-Superman-  +   722d ago
Look at the game:

My god, and they shut down it?
Good bye Indiana Jones and Star Wars
chukamachine  +   722d ago
I know, makes me sick. Wanted that game so much.
BozoLoco  +   721d ago
Wow. Looks great. I wonder how it plays... o_O
AngelicIceDiamond  +   722d ago
I hope Star Wars ends up with a new developer.

EDIT: I should of saw this coming. Disney makes these commitments but ultimately doesn't come through in there game gaming division.

Never trust Disney when it comes to games.
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Oh_Yeah  +   722d ago
Either Bethesda or Platinum games would do Star Wars some justice I think.
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DeadlyFire  +   721d ago
Sounds just like Lucasarts. haha
Genuine-User  +   722d ago
It's sad indeed. All those people without a job, hope they get another job and quick.
SITH  +   722d ago
Maybe you should read the article.
Thirty3Three  +   722d ago
They didn't 'cancel' them. I read the original article earlier today. They put it on 'halt' and may continue with it later.... God I hate articles like this
Jazz4108  +   722d ago
To me this is the lowest of the lowest. I was really excited for 1313 and because Disney has nothing on there mind but making money its ruined. You have to have passion and love to make great games that take devs sometimes a half of a decade to make but they do it out of the end product for the smiles from us gamers. What this tells me is Disney could care one less about us and will never ever see another penny, nickel, dime etc. From me. Sad day.
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Mounce  +   722d ago
This is a late April Fools joke, right?.... Right?
Tomdc  +   721d ago
I don't know what to make of this.
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xxLuckyStrike  +   721d ago
F this isht mann!!! F it!!!!!! Lol jk I guess the movie(s) come first
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CalvinKlein  +   721d ago
damn, lucasarts made some amazing games back in the 90s and early 2000s.
MysticStrummer  +   721d ago
I couldn't care less if they expand the Star Wars series. George Lucas killed it himself. JJ Abrams might make a decent SW movie but I'd rather he stuck to Trek. Joss Whedon should have done SW. Anyway, I just want someone to make updated versions of X-Wing, Tie Fighter, and X-Wing vs Tie Fighter. PSN vs XBL, one side can be the rebels and one side can be the empire. It would be epic, though I know cross platform play would be highly unlikely.
DeadlyFire  +   721d ago
Time to fuck up a mouse.......
Syntax-Error  +   721d ago
Bunch of @#$% nerds!
I said this was going to happen 20 days ago and all you morons w/ the exception of 3 "DISAGREED." Now what? Why dont you do the usual nerd thing you always do and make a dumb petition so that the executives at Disney can laugh at you.

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nthstew  +   721d ago
I don't get how shutting down lucas arts is good for star wars franchise .. Disney kill urself
aviator189  +   722d ago

Star Wars 1313 looked incredible.

Just horribly depressing news. First, they cancel Clone Wars on CN, and now this.. Lucas should never have sold to Disney. >:/

Hopefully, the devs and everyone involved find safe havens elsewhere in the industry.
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Sarobi  +   722d ago
I can't believe this.. I was so hyped for 1313..
ColinZeal  +   722d ago
I´m so bummed, 1313 looked great. :(
Moncole  +   722d ago
1313 looked like a generic TPS in Star Wars. There will still be Star Wars games but not under Lucas Arts.
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WUTCHUGUNNADO  +   722d ago
Then you get a star wars film written by J.J Abrams.
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MoveTheGlow  +   722d ago
What sucks is that those 150 people are going to have to find a new job, which often means moving far away, and arranging for your family to do so also. I'm hoping that this isn't the case for most of these guys, who have been constrained by awful management and awkward, inconsequential projects for years. It's not their fault, it was their higher-ups.

But "Lucas should never have sold to Disney?" Lucas had older Star Wars fans just waiting for a new franchise offering that wasn't geared only toward kids, and hardly anything worked. At least they're trying now. And the same applies to their software branch...

Lucasarts was sitting on a goldmine of previous IP, stuff that had long-standing fans (not as long as Star Wars, but quite the same) and what did they do? Not too much in the past ten or so years. They made TFU, which would have been awesome with more money and time put into it, but oh well, it was a "meh" franchise instead, trying to be Uncharted and failing. It took them until 2009 to make any of their adventure games compatible with current PC hardware (finally getting on Steam), and that was just a couple of games, no more. Where was a new Day of the Tentacle, or at least something in the Maniac Mansion series? That would have taken so little in resources compared to their giant, lumbering TFU projects. And they'd have made a decent profit. But no, they sat on all of that IP, doing diddly-squat, burning millions on tepid Star Wars games.

The best move they made was giving Monkey Island to Telltale - that new series was nice. And this is why it's good news; Disney will be selling the licenses to these games, and I hope, beyond hope, that Telltale will pick up Full Throttle and reboot the thing.
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majiebeast  +   722d ago
Go FUUUUUUUUU yourself Disney they have killed so many developers this generation.

Well that killed my day completely. This is what i was affraid of when disney bought lucas arts. Hope they choke on disney infinity.

I bet the new Starwars movies are just gonna be 2 hours of Jarjar Binks and emo Anakin.
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sarshelyam  +   722d ago
They killed Junction Point...whose release of Epic Mickey 2 was measured as a commercial failures when attached to the development/marketing budget/s.

They killed LucasArts, a studio that hasn't been profitable and only had one title on the horizon that likely wouldn't have put it back in the black.

Honestly, Disney's decision to shutdown studios is not a difficult one to understand. In an effort to wisely control the cash-flow, they remove the cash-hemorrhaging studios and streamline processes.

While I can honestly say that my nostalgia has taken a square kick in the nuts, I understand the business behind the decision/s. Shrewd though it may be, it will payoff in the long run to both Disney and the quality of licensed games we see coming out in the future.
KwietStorm  +   722d ago
Therein lies the problem in corporate world. They made the decision to buy the company in the first place, and instead of turning it around, the best decision is to kill it completely, and shortly after the purchase. And the talented people there who are now out of a job, had no say in any of it.
sarshelyam  +   722d ago
Again, you assume they bought it with intent to "turn it around". I'd say it was part of the deal, and in that they had to evaluate the longevity of a company that hasn't made a profit in quite some time...in fact...they were hemorrhaging money on a project that had a floating release.

As for the 150 people without a job...a ripple in the Force, certainly, but they're all talented and will find work suitable for their skills soon enough.

The end result is that instead of a company that hasn't been delivering content to their fans, they will own the property and projects and license it out to fresh development studios with new ideas and re-invigorate the franchise...something LucasArts has failed to do. I love Force Unleashed, but lets be frank...everything Star Wars related under their helm in the last 10-odd years have been squandered money-grabs that truly haven't captured the potential nor the imagination of the franchise.

I see only a bright future here for Star Wars games. I see new and more risky endeavors LucasArts wasn't willing to take. I see a burgeoning market leveraged by Disney dollars and shrewd business decisions that will allow for the growth of a beloved franchise.
MoveTheGlow  +   722d ago
Word, sarshelyam! Well freaking said.
Hufandpuf  +   721d ago
Have another bubble Sarshelyam!

I am depressed at all the potentially great SW games being canceled. But Lucas Art's game decisions weren't exactly working before they were acquired.
dasbeer88  +   722d ago
Thus another news added to the long list of controversy regarding Disney.
SJPFTW  +   721d ago
Probably won't be bad as it seems. The greatest star wars game ever made, Knights of the Old Republic, was not developed by Lucas Arts, it was developed by Bioware. Neither was Battlefront 1 or 2 those were developed by Pandemic Games.

They will just get other publishers to publish the games, but continue to have outside developers develop games based in the star wars universe
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Nitrowolf2  +   722d ago
wow, those Star Wars game looked good to.
Jek_Porkins  +   722d ago
This is terrible news, mostly because it looked like we might finally get a decent couple of Star Wars games with 1313 and that XBLA shooter.

LucasArts was pretty bad at giving people what they wanted though, KOTOR 3, SWBF3, Jedi Academy 3 and a new Rogue Squadron as examples.
eliteslaya13  +   722d ago
NO, NO, NO, NO, NO!!!!


1313? Battlefront III? KOTOR?!

What a waste of a potential gold mine!
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Black-Rock-Shooter  +   722d ago
This is the second time for Battlefront 3.
Its like it has some kinda curse...
GalacticEmpire  +   722d ago
Me: "No. It can't be. That's not true.
That's impossible!"

Disney: "Search your feelings, you know it to be true."

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OlgerO  +   722d ago
Im still thinking about a very cruel april fools joke
DonkeyWalrus  +   722d ago
Millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror... and were suddenly silenced.

Sizzon  +   722d ago
Terrible news. :(
TOGC  +   722d ago
This be bull shat.
from the beach  +   722d ago
Wow, that's awful
YodaCracker  +   722d ago
It's rare I say "what the ****" out loud when reading the news, but this article totally took me by surprise. What the ****?!
Prodigy-X  +   722d ago
F*** You Disney
JoGam  +   722d ago
Disney the new EA?
Pintheshadows  +   722d ago
Disney makes EA look like a fluffy innocent kitten who would never hurt you.
Nucler100  +   722d ago
Unbelievable man...
Plagasx  +   722d ago
Excuse me while I go throw myself down a flight of stairs.
Pintheshadows  +   722d ago
Couldn't you save that energy and throw the Disney exec who made this decision down a flight of stairs. We'd all thank you for it and you wouldn't get hurt in the process.
Avery  +   722d ago
Disney the new EA

"minimizing the company’s risk while achieving a broader portfolio of quality Star Wars games"

Wasn't First Assault and 1313 looking broad in scope already?
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maniacmayhem  +   722d ago
“After evaluating our position in the games market, we’ve decided to shift LucasArts from an internal development to a licensing model, minimizing the company’s risk while achieving a broader portfolio of quality Star Wars games,"

Basically Disney saw the crap they were putting out or relying on and decided it would be more profitable to develop SW games in house with their own teams.

Lucas Arts is partly to blame for this as the article stated they relied to heavily on the SW franchise, bleeding it to death.Where was that great Indiana Jones concept game that was shown all those years ago at GDC/E3?

What about Maniac Mansion, Grim Famdango, LOOM!?!

Anyways it is a sad day for the bay area, Lucas Arts has been a huge staple in the video game community and SF Presidio.

First Young Justice and now this...

1313 may have looked good in concept but who knows how it actually played. Not to mention you have to look at all previous Lucas games. Except for the first SW:Unleashed the rest bombed. I wouldn't be surprised if the two projects Lucas was currently working on was bleeding the company even more money.

Lucas is now apart of a global trillion dollar soul-less machine and all inefficiencies will be cut with extreme prejudice.
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eliteslaya13  +   722d ago
While you have some good points, it's ridiculous that they give up on LucasArts in the eve of excellent-looking games like 1313.
sarshelyam  +   722d ago
Star Wars 1313 was a conceptualized floating target. There was no window of release. It looked great, but it certainly wasn't the title that would have been LucasArts Phoenix rising.

That said, they still believe 1313 could be maintained through licensing ventures...but it's tough to say it will remain the same game, or if it will even happen. Time will tell.
KwietStorm  +   722d ago
Should change evaluating to evacuating.
CBaoth  +   721d ago
um what?
"Basically Disney saw the crap they were putting out or relying on and decided it would be more profitable to develop SW games in house with their own teams."

No they're not. They're no longer making 1st party games at all and outsourcing Star Wars properties to the highest bidder. So get ready for Star Wars games by Activision and more Angry Birds with lightsabers.

The saddest part of it all; the best Star Wars game this gen is still the mod for COD4.
maniacmayhem  +   721d ago
"They're no longer making 1st party games at all and outsourcing Star Wars properties to the highest bidder."

Where did you see that?
From the article:

"Disney is saying their current games could be licensed out to a different publisher or developer, but according to our source, that's unlikely."

Sounds to me that they don't even plan on doing that anytime soon.
maniacmayhem  +   721d ago
Super double post!
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Dlacy13g  +   722d ago
This just makes me sad. And to George Lucas...thanks for selling the games studio to Disney, you basically laid off 150 people to fill your own pockets. I have no doubts he could have split the game studio out and sold it off to someone else who actually wanted to make the games.

Edit: actually as I think about it, he may not have had a choice. I am sure Disney wanted 100% of everything to ensure they controlled all IP and ideas. Still just really sucks.
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sarshelyam  +   722d ago
The only thing that sucks about this move is the 150 people who now have to put forth the effort to find a new job, and possible be faced with an unforeseen move.

They will find work, there's no question they aren't talented folks...but LucasArts made some incredibly poor decisions that put the studio in this position. Star Wars 1313 was a promise that nobody could guarantee as a success.
HyperBear  +   722d ago
Screw you Disney, you greedy ***holes. I hope Infinity (which is a ripoff of skylanders anyways, really innovative!) causes you guys to go bankrupt and get out of the interactive media/gaming business forever. ERRRR...

Here's their brief quote:
"After evaluating our position in the games market, we've decided to shift LucasArts from an internal development to a licensing model, minimizing the company's risk while achieving a broader portfolio of quality Star Wars games. As a result of this change, we've had layoffs across the organization. We are incredibly appreciative and proud of the talented teams who have been developing our new titles."
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BattleTorn  +   722d ago

PS, after reading the article (briefly) it appears that what they've done has merely shifted all future games to be externally developed (aka licenced) rather than internally developed. (which takes the risks out of disneys hands, and into those making the games)

Correct me if im wrong, isn't this a good thing? (besides the current project being cancelled)
Placing the responsibility on those actually in charge of releasing the final game(s) seems logical.

And if our most recent Star Wars games are any indication, something did certainly need a changin'

Am I right?
Isn't there now more potential for studios to do a linenced Star Wars game? (or is not how it works?)
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HyperBear  +   722d ago
Ummmm No. Now that Disney owns LucasArts, responsible for anything and everything Star Wars related, they now control what gets developed and what doesn't. Now that they've laid off almost the entire LucasArts staff, and shifted the company, or what's left of them, to a licensing model, all current projects are cancelled.

Basically means, Disney now will use everything Star Wars gaming related to their advantage (ie. merchandising, mobile games/apps, tie-ins with other Disney IP's-Infinity), instead of making actual Star Wars games for consoles/PCs....unless they license the Star Wars name to another development studio to make a new Star Wars game (But that was LucasArts, so why would they close them just to hire a new studio to continue making Star Wars games??).

Yeah, obviously that's whats next for Disney is to look at their options and see who can continue to create great Star Wars games on the consoles and PCs (Not Gearbox Please!) and there is still about a 13.13% chance we may see one or both of those Star Wars games in the future. It's just really upsetting Disney would do this to this many hard working people, whose lives revolved around Star Wars....just to be laid off so Disney can make more money in licensing fees.
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BattleTorn  +   722d ago
Thanks for clearifying.

"But that was LucasArts, so why would they close them just to hire a new studio to continue making Star Wars games?"

Because they don't want to "hire" the studios - they want the studios to take the risk themselves.. Greedy, sure.

But won't this give the studios more freedom in their development?

A licenced Star wars game could potentially be much better than anything made under Disneys' supervision (under Lucasarts).

Don't get me wrong, I don't love Disney, nor greedy companies. But I do have faith that ginormous companies, like Disney, are big for a reason - they're excellent at making money....

And I also strongly believe there are boat loads of cash in Star Wars videos games.

So, I've mixed feelings. Cause Disney is still doing what I'd expect of them - $$$.
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sarshelyam  +   722d ago
Why would they close LucasArts in favor of licensing it out to other studios? Because LucasArts hasn't managed to create a compelling or profitable Star Wars release in many years.

This is a shrewd move on Disney's part, but the rewards are to be paid in fresh studios with interest in the property making new Star Wars games that LucasArts simply sat on and conceptualized.

The writing was on the wall way back when Haden Blackman left the Force Unleashed II project...a project he began the writing for, nearly two years ago.

Whether you see it or not, this was a good move for Disney that opens up the franchise to more games with fresh visions by talented studios.

My heart, however, goes out to the 150 effected by the layoffs. I have the utmost respect for them all and believe they will find work with relative haste. Naughty Dog is hiring! So is Epic!
FAT MAN GO BOOM  +   722d ago
Man that so sucks 1313 had me interested in star wars again...

It was the first good thing to come along in a while for the star wars brand.....

Star wars character coming to Disney Infinity
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smashcrashbash  +   722d ago
I think we should amass an army and take Marvel and Star Wars away from Disney.They are doing some serious BS and it is starting to get on my nerves.I will personally burn every episode of Ultimate Spiderman and Agents of SMASH.
LOL_WUT  +   722d ago
:( If only it was April fools joke... This sucks though
sjaakiejj  +   722d ago
I blame EA for this.
wenaldy  +   722d ago
I have no words to say :(
Axonometri  +   722d ago
This is unbelievable!

LucasArts is an old Icon of the Game/Art industry. Sad day indeed!
SlapHappyJesus  +   722d ago
And this comes after Obsidian talked of their interest in working with the Kotor series again. :/
HexxedAvenger  +   722d ago
:/ Not 1313 bro!
jagstar44  +   722d ago
so like..no more star wars games ever?
monkey602  +   722d ago
I wouldn't say that, Star Wars kinect was a Disney game anyway. Just seems the GOOD Star Wars games are through.
animegamingnerd  +   722d ago
i still think we will see star wars games just licensed out to other developers
Gravitic  +   722d ago
Are you crazy? Star Wars games are an absolute gold mine if done properly, they of-course will be licensing out the Star Wars IP to other third party developers. If anything, this should mean that we get MORE Star Wars games and possibly some that will be greater than anything LucasArts could have produced. That is just a hope though...
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theEx1Le  +   722d ago
What the actual F***! I mean i thought they might shut down some projects and stuff but wow.
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