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Disney closes LucasArts

Disney closes LucasArts

Disney bought LucasFilm and LucasArts last year for $4.05billion.

Disney has pulled the plug on the legendary games studio LucasArts, mere months after it paid $4.05billion for it and LucasFilm.

"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," said Disney, speaking to Game Informer.

Disney also confirmed that the move to a licensing structure will result in job losses: "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."

Founded in 1982 by George Lucas as an attempt to broaden the portfolio of his LucasFilm company, LucasArts was both a games developer and publisher that released its first game, Ballblazer in 1984 in collaboration with Atari. It continued to steadily release games until it had its first major breakthrough with the 2D point-and-click adventure game The Secret of Monkey Island (1990).

This was followed by a string of successful 2D adventure games including Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge (1991), Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis (1992) and the Maniac Mansion sequel Maniac Mansion: Day of the Tentacle (1993), as well as more latterly the 3D adventure Grim Fandango (1998). All were known for a quirky sense of humour which endeared the company to many gamers.

Following this it had huge success as a publisher with the very popular Star Wars: Jedi Knight series (1995-2003). However, more recently the company has struggled to find a big hit, with only the Lego Star Wars series making an impact. It also failed to ever find much success with any Indiana Jones games.

With its most recent title, Kinect Star Wars, also largely passing unnoticed, the writing was on the wall once Disney bought both companies from Lucas. Its upcoming third-person action shooter, Star Wars 1313, had been looking promising but this has now been cancelled.

It's a fair bet many of you have fond memories of at least one LucasArts game. Share your grief in the comments. Bagsy not telling Joe Martin.

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thom804 3rd April 2013, 20:15 Quote
Sad, but hardly suprising.

They haven't released a game that has caught my attention in a good few years.
GeorgeStorm 3rd April 2013, 20:23 Quote
This is pretty sad news (in my opinion)

So what will happen to games like SWTOR?
Niftyrat 3rd April 2013, 20:27 Quote
pretty typical, there is a market for a redone xwing or tie fighter game and seemingly lucas before him and now the folks at disney are prepared to ignore the ripples, last time i saw anyone this blind anakin turned to the dark side at the hands of the emperor
dr-strangelove 3rd April 2013, 20:31 Quote
Sad news, I hope that some of their IPs are made available to other developers
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Originally Posted by GeorgeStorm
This is pretty sad news (in my opinion)

So what will happen to games like SWTOR?

LucasArts only published SWTOR (along with EA) so it should continue along fine but I fear we won't be seeing any good new Star Wars games for the forseeable future
thom804 3rd April 2013, 20:36 Quote
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Originally Posted by dr-strangelove
Sad news, I hope that some of their IPs are made available to other developers

Well, Disney do own Star Wars...and Disney Interactive.
Imagine a Star Wars game helmed by Warren Spector!
Joey Propane 3rd April 2013, 20:46 Quote
1313 was looking freaking awesome! God damn it.
Shirty 3rd April 2013, 21:35 Quote
Damn, I was holding out for the sequel to Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis D:
Madness_3d 3rd April 2013, 22:15 Quote
Makes me so sad http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_LucasArts_games
Some amazing games in there
rollo 3rd April 2013, 23:00 Quote
None released in recent years though.

Knights of old republic was the last truely great game that they made.
pbryanw 3rd April 2013, 23:19 Quote
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Originally Posted by rollo
Knights of old republic was the last truely great game that they made.
And wasn't that developed by BioWare (the brilliant original, not the so-so MMO). If you look to in-house games and not outsourced ones, I agree they haven't made a good one in a long time.

Actually, I'm hoping this doesn't mean the end of hopes for a decent X-Wing or Tie-Fighter sequel.
azrael- 3rd April 2013, 23:45 Quote
Apart from the Jedi Knight series and Outlaws I will mostly remember LucasArts (or Lucasfilm Games, as it was originally called) for their excellent adventure games. Although I'm not quite sure which of these I remember most fondly. The first adventure I played through was probably Zak McKracken and the Alien Mindbenders (Maniac Mansion initially passed me by). Hilarious, like most of them (the exception being The Dig).

Initially, they did put out some more weird games like The Eidolon, Koronis Rift and Rescue on Fractalus. I never could get into these.

Shame they're gone. They'll certainly be missed, although they haven't released anything of worth (IMHO) in over a decade.
fix-the-spade 3rd April 2013, 23:55 Quote
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Originally Posted by thom804
Well, Disney do own Star Wars...and Disney Interactive.
Imagine a Star Wars game helmed by Warren Spector!
Didn't Disney close Junction Point and fire Spector after Epic Mickey 2 bombed?
B1GBUD 4th April 2013, 00:31 Quote
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Originally Posted by Shirty
Damn, I was holding out for the sequel to Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis D:

This!! Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis was one of my all time favourite point and click adventures, I have fond memories playing that on my 286.

Such a shame that Disney aren't going to make a sequel, I just hope that they license it to someone that will do it some justice.

SCUMM forever
Shirty 4th April 2013, 01:11 Quote
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GravitySmacked 4th April 2013, 02:23 Quote
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Originally Posted by Joey Propane
1313 was looking freaking awesome! God damn it.

Yep me too :(
Madness_3d 4th April 2013, 02:24 Quote
According to the Wiki page they've been having "management issues" since about 2004. Is a shame since 1313 was looking like it could really be a push back in the right direction, hope that someone else picks it up :)
mi1ez 4th April 2013, 09:58 Quote
I think we all saw this coming even if we didn't want to admit it at the time. Disney were only out IP shopping.
Blademrk 4th April 2013, 11:29 Quote
They're turning Lucusarts into a license distribution company so it will open the doors for other companies to make Star Wars games, but I'm hoping they don't ignore all the other IP they hold (please let someone get the rights to make a new DOTT...)
blacko 4th April 2013, 11:42 Quote
Questions.

Who owns the rights to Indiana Jones?

and whats the relationship like between Lego and Disney?

I have a bad feeling about this.....
dyzophoria 4th April 2013, 14:15 Quote
lucasarts had their good times, but quite frankly they really have been struggling, im not surprised, but they will be definitely missed
Madness_3d 4th April 2013, 14:55 Quote
In wake of the closing I decided to make a list of every Star Wars Game I've ever played growing up. Didn't realise it was this many, What's everyones best memories of good star wars games? Favourite would have to be Kotor.
Code:
Super Star Wars - SNES
Super Empire Strikes Back - SNES

Ep1. Phantom Menace - PS1
Jedi Power Battles - PS1
Rebel Assault II - PS1
Demolition - PS1
Masters of Teras Kasi - PS1

Starfighter - PS2
Jedi Starfighter - PS2
Super Bombad Racing - PS2
Revenge of the Sith - PS2
Racer Revenge PS2
Battlefront - PS2
Battlefront II - PS2, PC & PSP
Lego Star Wars - PS2
Bounty Hunter - PS2
Lethal Alliance - PSP

Clone Wars - Gamecube
Rogue Squadron II - Gamecube
Rogue Squadron III - Gamecube

Attack of the Clones - GBA
Racer (w Rumble) - GBC

Battle for Naboo - PC
Xwing vs Tie Fighter - PC
Xwing Alliance - PC
DroidWorks - PC
Republic Commando - PC
Jedi Knight - PC
Jedi Knight II - PC
Empire at War - PC
Galaxies (briefly) - PC
Kotor - PC
Kotor II - PC
SWTOR - PC
Force Unleashed - PC
Blademrk 4th April 2013, 16:23 Quote
I have fond memories of Rebel Assault 1 on the PC, one of the first CD games I had (came with a bunch of other games (like Theme park and Syndicate) in a Creative Sound Blaster sound card/CD-ROM Drive kit), think I've still got the disc somewhere....
Krikkit 4th April 2013, 16:28 Quote
My faves have got to be Rebel Assault 2 on the PSX- spent hours on that. And Empire At War - the ground combat sucked, but the space stuff was very decent (and who can resist crushing the rebels with a fleet of Star Destroyers?).
sotu1 4th April 2013, 19:31 Quote
Does this make Disney Evil? Anyone else closes a studio and they're considered eviil. Don't see why Disney should get let off the hook.
aramil 4th April 2013, 19:54 Quote
Andre_B 4th April 2013, 21:08 Quote
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Originally Posted by Blademrk
I have fond memories of Rebel Assault 1 on the PC, one of the first CD games I had (came with a bunch of other games (like Theme park and Syndicate) in a Creative Sound Blaster sound card/CD-ROM Drive kit), think I've still got the disc somewhere....

I had exactly the same one! I think it was the Sound Blaster 16. Very fond memories indeed. ;)
ModSquid 5th April 2013, 10:54 Quote
Battlefront 3? 1313? New X-wing/Tie?

Fingers crossed those licences get picked up. Anyone want to form a game studio with me? I'll do stories if someone else can code.
lysaer 5th April 2013, 11:36 Quote
Maybe we will actually see a good star wars game now

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Lazarus Dark 5th April 2013, 23:30 Quote
N64 Shadows of the Empire
It was actually the only Star Wars game that I really ever loved. I've owned and played several others over the years of course, and many have been fine, but Shadows was the only one I loved.
Elton 6th April 2013, 15:14 Quote
Battlefront 3 woujold've been massive fun. :(
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