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Disney Shuts Down LucasArts, Lays Off Staff

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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Jeremy was born in a small mountain village of a strange foreign land called Weystvurginea.  Banishment for liberal views saw him spend years wondering the east coast until he decided to bike to California.  When he saw how long a trip it was, he drove instead.  Now he's living it up in a low humidity climate, sometimes working on his photography and when not, he writes for us covering books (by way of his blog: Reading Realms), gaming, tv, movies, comics, conventions in the SoCal area, and creates a weekly webcomic: A Journey Through Skyrim.  If you look for him offline, start in the L.A. area; online start at: www.jeremyshane.info for his profile and all the social networks he's on... or just follow him on twitter, he seems to be on there a lot: @jeremyshane.

 


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