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Disney Shuts Down LucasArts, Lays Off Staff

Postby LOLtron » Wed Apr 03, 2013 12:49 pm

Disney Shuts Down LucasArts, Lays Off Staff

Disney is closing the LucasArts game publishing subsidiary.



Source: Game Informer

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.

 

   LucasArts has been on a downward spiral in recent years, with several games that had a good buzz initially and lost steam quickly and outright failures on top of that.  Their management has been changing far too often to offer them a fighting chance at rebuilding their direction.  The most impressive looking game in recent years Star Wars 1313, which was debuted at last years E3, seems to have completely fallen off the radar, creating rumors the game had ceased production.  Perhaps Disney will be able to rebuild the Star Wars and Indiana Jones game licenses.



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Re: Disney Shuts Down LucasArts, Lays Off Staff

Postby Zechs » Wed Apr 03, 2013 12:54 pm

:shock: Holy crap they're chucking away everything from Lucasfilm.
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Re: Disney Shuts Down LucasArts, Lays Off Staff

Postby Pink_Orchid » Wed Apr 03, 2013 1:16 pm

Not surprising. Merchandising is where the $$ is at. Disney's corporate year must end in June. Hopefully those laid off will find work right away.

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Postby misac » Wed Apr 03, 2013 1:32 pm

I was hoping they'd make Disney games.
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Postby theflyingwaffle » Wed Apr 03, 2013 2:45 pm

Anyone remember the Monkey Island games from way back in the day?

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Postby Draco x » Wed Apr 03, 2013 2:51 pm

This sucks for all those people layed off.

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Postby doombug » Wed Apr 03, 2013 4:13 pm

theflyingwaffle wrote:Anyone remember the Monkey Island games from way back in the day?

Yeah, Telltale has the property now along with Sam and Max. 8)
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Postby bkthomson » Wed Apr 03, 2013 4:15 pm

hmm. . I wonder who is doing Disney Infiniti for them. .
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Re: Disney Shuts Down LucasArts, Lays Off Staff

Postby doombug » Wed Apr 03, 2013 4:19 pm

On topic, really stupid decision. Especially cancelling 1313 and the new downloadable pre cursor to battlefield 3.

You don't completely take apart a well known gaming studio for really no reason.
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Postby bkthomson » Wed Apr 03, 2013 4:26 pm

doombug wrote:On topic, really stupid decision. Especially cancelling 1313 and the new downloadable pre cursor to battlefield 3.

You don't completely take apart a well known gaming studio for really no reason.


More known for its past success than current so it not unreasonable to see Disney make this move. If they can licence the franchise out to a more successful studio no operation cost on them.
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Re: Disney Shuts Down LucasArts, Lays Off Staff

Postby Lord Simian » Wed Apr 03, 2013 4:54 pm

The Lord of the Monkeys is very sorry for the people laid off, but hey, silver lining: if they're going to be farming out licenses to more-currently successful companies... Maybe we can finally get a non-shitty sequel to SW:KOTOR.

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Postby doombug » Wed Apr 03, 2013 5:00 pm

Lord Simian wrote:The Lord of the Monkeys is very sorry for the people laid off, but hey, silver lining: if they're going to be farming out licenses to more-currently successful companies... Maybe we can finally get a non-shitty sequel to SW:KOTOR.

or Double Fine finally gets Day of the tentacle. 8)

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Re: Disney Shuts Down LucasArts, Lays Off Staff

Postby Lord Simian » Wed Apr 03, 2013 5:11 pm

doombug wrote:or Double Fine finally gets Day of the tentacle. 8)


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Postby doombug » Wed Apr 03, 2013 5:26 pm

Lord Simian wrote:
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Postby Regulator » Wed Apr 03, 2013 5:31 pm

Lord Simian wrote:The Lord of the Monkeys is very sorry for the people laid off, but hey, silver lining: if they're going to be farming out licenses to more-currently successful companies... Maybe we can finally get a non-shitty sequel to SW:KOTOR.


KOTOR 2, conceptually, was far from shitty ... it was just buggy as hell and unfinished. The restoration project is actually pretty awesome now that it's finished.

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