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Disney closes LucasArts and cancels both upcoming Star Wars video games

Apr. 3, 2013by: Alex Maidy

Disney has decided against pursuing two upcoming STAR WARS related video games, STAR WARS: FIRST ASSAULT and STAR WARS 1313, and also laid off all employees of LucasArts, closing the almost 30 year old company.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Disney will develop any future STAR WARS video games via a licensing model which means they don't need to internally develop the games themselves. There are pros and cons to this. On the pro side, Disney can focus on the new films starting with STAR WARS: EPISODE VII and farm out the huge universe to exciting developers with new takes on the galaxy far, far away. On the con side, Disney has not had the greatest track record with video games.

We have had quite a few great video games from LucasArts, including Grim Fandango, Escape from Monkey Island, Knights of the Old Republic, Battlefront, and many more. It is a shame that we will be losing these upcoming games, especially STAR WARS 1313, which was looking pretty damn cool. But, I expect that Disney will try to do everything they can to make the games surrounding STAR WARS: EPISODE VII to be as profitable as possible. Here's hoping that they make them good games as well.

STAR WARS: EPISODE VII is scheduled for release as early as 2015, so don't expect to see much game-wise before then.

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3:10PM on 04/04/2013
Why do I have a feeling that if Battlefront III was made with full online support, it would've been a huge hit? Oh yeah, because a LOT of Star Wars fan has been asking for the past seven years and instead they gave is crap like the Force Unleashed. It's a shame though that LucasArts is done. I would like to believe that they will come back but I know that won't happen.
Why do I have a feeling that if Battlefront III was made with full online support, it would've been a huge hit? Oh yeah, because a LOT of Star Wars fan has been asking for the past seven years and instead they gave is crap like the Force Unleashed. It's a shame though that LucasArts is done. I would like to believe that they will come back but I know that won't happen.
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6:52AM on 04/05/2013
You are almost right Battlefront 3 was almost finished. But the company making the game for Lucas Arts shut down. They also made the terrible LOTR: Conquest game. I think that was the name. But there is an almost finished copy of SW:BF 3 sitting on a shelf somewhere. Just to add fuel to your fire.
You are almost right Battlefront 3 was almost finished. But the company making the game for Lucas Arts shut down. They also made the terrible LOTR: Conquest game. I think that was the name. But there is an almost finished copy of SW:BF 3 sitting on a shelf somewhere. Just to add fuel to your fire.
7:38AM on 04/04/2013
"This news will stop me from seeing the new Star Wars films," said or will say NO ONE EVER!!
"This news will stop me from seeing the new Star Wars films," said or will say NO ONE EVER!!
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6:40AM on 04/04/2013
If you didn't think this was possible, then you don't know Disney. The business model of keeping your own video game company alive, when they haven't really hit it out of the ballpark in a long time is a losing one. Disney makes money, and this move will make money, in the long run.

Tidbit: Last LucasArts game I played : Maniac Mansion on a Windows 3.1 system. Yeah, they are THAT far behind the curve.
If you didn't think this was possible, then you don't know Disney. The business model of keeping your own video game company alive, when they haven't really hit it out of the ballpark in a long time is a losing one. Disney makes money, and this move will make money, in the long run.

Tidbit: Last LucasArts game I played : Maniac Mansion on a Windows 3.1 system. Yeah, they are THAT far behind the curve.
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6:20AM on 04/04/2013

A Damn Shame

In the words of Obi-Wan "I felt a great disturbance in the force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror." This news is one of the reasons why I hated the Disney takeover. While I couldn't foresee them doing something like this, I knew a lot of bullshit would come out of it. It's truly fucked up they would shut these companies down and layoff so many people. I feel sorry for those employees. I will not be supporting a Disney Star Wars movie!
In the words of Obi-Wan "I felt a great disturbance in the force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror." This news is one of the reasons why I hated the Disney takeover. While I couldn't foresee them doing something like this, I knew a lot of bullshit would come out of it. It's truly fucked up they would shut these companies down and layoff so many people. I feel sorry for those employees. I will not be supporting a Disney Star Wars movie!
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2:55AM on 04/04/2013

In the minority here

But this doesnt devastate me. Im a (ridiculously) big star wars fan (Read books, buy toys, surf wookieepedia at least 5 times per day ,etc) but can honestly say that although i LOVE what Lucasarts did pre 2008, everything else has been totally underwhelmifng. Loved parts of The Force Unleashed games, but ultimatelty very unpolished. We're talking about the lucasarts that couldnt get their sh$t together to get battlefront 3 published. Disney still owns all the intellectual properties so we still
But this doesnt devastate me. Im a (ridiculously) big star wars fan (Read books, buy toys, surf wookieepedia at least 5 times per day ,etc) but can honestly say that although i LOVE what Lucasarts did pre 2008, everything else has been totally underwhelmifng. Loved parts of The Force Unleashed games, but ultimatelty very unpolished. We're talking about the lucasarts that couldnt get their sh$t together to get battlefront 3 published. Disney still owns all the intellectual properties so we still may see a battlefront 3 in the next couple of yeah layoffs suck but thats a come wirh anytmulti-billion dollar merger. Would love to see a developer like Rockstar take a crack at the stat wars universe.
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11:59PM on 04/03/2013
This is should surprise me but then again it doesn't. Disney when it comes to digital media pretty much has little if any real eye for talent or imagination. That's why many times their best stuff is done by people outside Disney control. Whoever made this decision was probably a money man and not someone of creative imagination thus the handling of it is incredibly bad in its execution. Sadly Disney bought star wars for the merchandising rights hence why they plan to milk it for millions while
This is should surprise me but then again it doesn't. Disney when it comes to digital media pretty much has little if any real eye for talent or imagination. That's why many times their best stuff is done by people outside Disney control. Whoever made this decision was probably a money man and not someone of creative imagination thus the handling of it is incredibly bad in its execution. Sadly Disney bought star wars for the merchandising rights hence why they plan to milk it for millions while putting exceedingly little effort into anything except sales. Hopefully those involved will work on other projects but sadly it would appear that Disney has put this company feet first into the woodchipper and turned it into hamburger.
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10:35PM on 04/03/2013

Disney

Anybody expected more from Disney ?
Anybody expected more from Disney ?
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9:56PM on 04/03/2013
This is sad. Just sad. Goodbye to Zombies Ate My Neighbors.
This is sad. Just sad. Goodbye to Zombies Ate My Neighbors.
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9:39PM on 04/03/2013
Goodbye Guybrush and friends.
Goodbye Guybrush and friends.
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8:40PM on 04/03/2013

WTF

This is akin to the Order 66 scene in Revenge of the Sith. Now who the fuck is gonna do the inevitable video game adaptations?
This is akin to the Order 66 scene in Revenge of the Sith. Now who the fuck is gonna do the inevitable video game adaptations?
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8:07PM on 04/03/2013
You would think Disney would be doing everything they could to maintain the sci-fi street cred of the Star Wars brand rather than dilute it with the cartoon/kid movie crap they've been shoveling for the last decade.
You would think Disney would be doing everything they could to maintain the sci-fi street cred of the Star Wars brand rather than dilute it with the cartoon/kid movie crap they've been shoveling for the last decade.
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7:25PM on 04/03/2013
LucasArts has been a dead fish for a while now, but closing it down seems like a really dumb move. It's a well known, trusted and LOVED name amongst video gamers. A "Disney revamp" might have got people excited. Instead now Mickey just comes off as a brutal bitch.
LucasArts has been a dead fish for a while now, but closing it down seems like a really dumb move. It's a well known, trusted and LOVED name amongst video gamers. A "Disney revamp" might have got people excited. Instead now Mickey just comes off as a brutal bitch.
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7:19PM on 04/03/2013
I'm starting to miss Lucas. What a load of shit.
I'm starting to miss Lucas. What a load of shit.
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5:02PM on 04/03/2013

I CALL BS!

I get that they want to save money and present a certain image BUT THIS WAS THE STUPIDEST MISTAKE I'VE EVER SEEN A COMPANY MAKE! I was honestly giddy as soon as I saw Star Wars 1313 for the first time and looked forward to that game. To have it be taken away like this makes no sense. It looked BEAUTIFUL and was a nice way to show a different side of the Star Wars universe that hadn't been seen since Shadow of the Empire! Disney should be ashamed!
I get that they want to save money and present a certain image BUT THIS WAS THE STUPIDEST MISTAKE I'VE EVER SEEN A COMPANY MAKE! I was honestly giddy as soon as I saw Star Wars 1313 for the first time and looked forward to that game. To have it be taken away like this makes no sense. It looked BEAUTIFUL and was a nice way to show a different side of the Star Wars universe that hadn't been seen since Shadow of the Empire! Disney should be ashamed!
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4:53PM on 04/03/2013
To quote Lando, this deal is getting worse all the time for anyone working for Lucasfilm...first the Clone Wars layoffs, now Lucasarts staff...I was so pumped for Disney buying Star Wars...now I'm starting to feel a little distrust in them handling the brand...can't be any worse than George though, right? Right?
To quote Lando, this deal is getting worse all the time for anyone working for Lucasfilm...first the Clone Wars layoffs, now Lucasarts staff...I was so pumped for Disney buying Star Wars...now I'm starting to feel a little distrust in them handling the brand...can't be any worse than George though, right? Right?
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4:44PM on 04/03/2013
My heart goes out to all those employees and their families who lost their jobs. Even though the economy is crawling back, it is still one of the worst times to find jobs. This is especially hard for the video game industry as of late. I kinda knew something like this would happen when Disney took over. I hope the employees at ILM are not next to go. If that happens, I will refuse to buy anything Star Wars.
My heart goes out to all those employees and their families who lost their jobs. Even though the economy is crawling back, it is still one of the worst times to find jobs. This is especially hard for the video game industry as of late. I kinda knew something like this would happen when Disney took over. I hope the employees at ILM are not next to go. If that happens, I will refuse to buy anything Star Wars.
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4:17PM on 04/03/2013
Yup, here we go. This is what happens when a huge corporation gets hold of a business. Sad news for the staff & families.
Yup, here we go. This is what happens when a huge corporation gets hold of a business. Sad news for the staff & families.
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4:14PM on 04/03/2013
Kind of the way of things with the games industry at the moment. Lots of significant developers and publishers going under. I doubt Disney would've pulled the plug on LucasArts if they were making a big profit, but it's a shame a studio with such a great history has been ditched. If the games in development were far enough along its possible Disney would farm them out to other developers anyway. As Disney ditched their direct to video movies, you'd hope they'd only want to release quality games
Kind of the way of things with the games industry at the moment. Lots of significant developers and publishers going under. I doubt Disney would've pulled the plug on LucasArts if they were making a big profit, but it's a shame a studio with such a great history has been ditched. If the games in development were far enough along its possible Disney would farm them out to other developers anyway. As Disney ditched their direct to video movies, you'd hope they'd only want to release quality games also. Hopefully they'll choose the right developers for future projects.
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3:43PM on 04/03/2013
I don't really care about them canceling games (even though 1313 looked cool), but shame on Disney for laying off people like that. The only thing they seem to care about when it comes to Star Wars is the financial incentives, which doesn't exactly leave me enthused for a movie from them.
I don't really care about them canceling games (even though 1313 looked cool), but shame on Disney for laying off people like that. The only thing they seem to care about when it comes to Star Wars is the financial incentives, which doesn't exactly leave me enthused for a movie from them.
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3:41PM on 04/03/2013
holy fuck!
holy fuck!
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3:39PM on 04/03/2013
Ah, Disney... the EA of cinema.
Ah, Disney... the EA of cinema.
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3:33PM on 04/03/2013

Wow

That is just terrible.
That is just terrible.
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3:33PM on 04/03/2013

con side???

Thats a pretty bad con side bud....your being way too nice about this. There is no pro side of this....its total BS
Thats a pretty bad con side bud....your being way too nice about this. There is no pro side of this....its total BS
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3:26PM on 04/03/2013

WTF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Are you fucking kidding me??? Tell me this is an April Fools Joke!! If they cancel Star Wars 1313 then I've already have had enough of this BS with them.....They cancelled Clone Wars right when it was getting good when all they had to do was move the series and now they are essentially closing down and cancelling projects that are in the making and essentially firing all those people that worked so hard to make these things happen!!
I am on the verge of BOYCOTTING ALL THINGS STAR WARS VERY
Are you fucking kidding me??? Tell me this is an April Fools Joke!! If they cancel Star Wars 1313 then I've already have had enough of this BS with them.....They cancelled Clone Wars right when it was getting good when all they had to do was move the series and now they are essentially closing down and cancelling projects that are in the making and essentially firing all those people that worked so hard to make these things happen!!
I am on the verge of BOYCOTTING ALL THINGS STAR WARS VERY SOON!!
I'm guessing they haven't learned that fans don't like it when they are repeatedly fucked with.....and they will see the worst thing happen since the prequels...
Many Many people were very very excited about 1313!! FUCK DISNEY FUCK STAR WARS GOODBYE!!
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3:24PM on 04/03/2013
Terrible plan. All those people that have spend so much time on the work, and 1313 would have been awesome.
Terrible plan. All those people that have spend so much time on the work, and 1313 would have been awesome.
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3:22PM on 04/03/2013
A thousand EU projects cried out in terror...and suddenly silenced.
A thousand EU projects cried out in terror...and suddenly silenced.
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3:22PM on 04/03/2013
I dont care what the reasons are you just don't fire honest hard workers while in the middle of their jobs. Shame on Disney.
I dont care what the reasons are you just don't fire honest hard workers while in the middle of their jobs. Shame on Disney.
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