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Disney Closes LucasArts game studio, all games cancelled

Discussion in 'Games' started by Alien Soup, Apr 3, 2013.

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  1. Alien Soup

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    Disney, after acquiring the LucasArts game studio as part of the $4 Billion USD purchase of the LucasFilm properties, is now closing it down. All current projects have been cancelled, including Star Wars: First Assault and Star Wars 1313, with about 150 employees being laid off.

    Going forward Disney will instead license properties, including Star Wars, other other game developers.

    Here is the official statement from Disney:
    Star Wars 1313 was to take place between the original trilogy and the prequel trilogy and act as a sort of bridge between the two. 1313 in the title refers to level 1313 of the Coruscant and is supposed to be the dark grim underworld of the Star Wars universe. Below is a preview of the game that now may never be released.

     
  2. Kevin

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  3. Biker

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    You do have to admit, though, that everything that's come out of those studios over the past 5 years or so have really stunk to high heaven.

    Disney can now contract a decent developer and get some quality going for the franchise. Hopefully the developer won't have the initials of E and A.
     
  4. Evil Antonio

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    Wow, thas is crazy
     
  5. Kevin

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    EA has been in the hot seat lately with customers over the fiasco of the new SimCity release and their moves to make their games require a constant internet connection chock full of DRM.

    Disney, of course, decided that EA would be the perfect company Star Wars games. :censored:

     
  6. Jetshroom

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    I support any and all BioWare involvement in making Star Wars games.
    Honestly though, the only SW games I've enjoyed in my life have been Galactic Battlegrounds, and KOTOT1 + 2.
    Lucas Arts was however responsible for some of the greatest games in the history of everything. This agreement seems to only be a SW one, so hopefully they're not going to bastardise Monkey Island or Grim Fandango or anything like that.
     

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