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.

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Black-Rock-Shooter1597d ago

This is very sad news...
I was hoping Disney where going to expand the star wars series.

dedicatedtogamers1597d 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-Shooter1597d ago (Edited 1597d 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.

thechosenone1597d ago (Edited 1597d 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."

darthv721597d ago

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 is real sad.

KwietStorm1597d ago

Disney has endless funds. They didn't have to kill the studio so quickly after the purchase. Screw them.

That-Guy1597d ago

It's Disney. What did you expect? They could at least finish 1313 though.

dedicatedtogamers1597d 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.

ziggurcat1597d 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_Yeah1597d ago (Edited 1597d 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.

Old McGroin1597d 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.

Pintheshadows1597d ago (Edited 1597d 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.

darthv721597d ago

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.

Reibooi1597d ago (Edited 1597d 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.

NBT911597d ago

Yeah. No way Disney will not cash in on episode VII with at least one game.

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ThanatosDMC1597d ago (Edited 1597d 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.

badz1491597d ago

1313 looks promising and it even won best show in one if those expo last year, right? Why cancel it altogether?

BitbyDeath1597d ago (Edited 1597d ago )

Probably for the best, has been a while since they had produced decent games.

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DeadlyFire1597d 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.

gedapeleda1597d ago

I remember the last good game was jedi academy.
Loved that game to death

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joab7771597d ago

Its because they r gonna start making movie games for the new trilogy and mobile games.

jmc88881596d 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-1597d ago

Look at the game:

My god, and they shut down it?
Good bye Indiana Jones and Star Wars

chukamachine1597d ago

I know, makes me sick. Wanted that game so much.

BozoLoco1597d ago

Wow. Looks great. I wonder how it plays... o_O

AngelicIceDiamond1597d ago (Edited 1597d 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.

Oh_Yeah1597d ago (Edited 1597d ago )

Either Bethesda or Platinum games would do Star Wars some justice I think.

DeadlyFire1597d ago

Sounds just like Lucasarts. haha

Genuine-User1597d ago

It's sad indeed. All those people without a job, hope they get another job and quick.

SITH1597d ago

Maybe you should read the article.

Thirty3Three1597d 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