First we have this Disney closes Junction Point Studios And now We get this off the news mill. Disney, who acquired Lucas film and Lucas Arts, last year in a $4.05 billion deal, has slammed the doors closed on the legendary Lucas Arts Gaming division. Roughly 150 LucasArts Employees now join The Lines of the Unemployeed, GEE THANKS DISNEY, for ruining an awesome franchise, you really have alienated not only gamers but overall fans of the star wars universe.
“After evaluating our position in the games market, we’ve decided to shift Lucas Arts from an internal development to a licensing model, minimizing the company’s risk while achieving a broader portfolio of quality Star Wars games,” Disney informed Game Informer in a statement. “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.”
Here is some news footage from our friends at The Escapist in regards to this heinous issue.
Although a Star Wars Gaming Entertainment Studio in recent years, the publisher will be remembered for its work defining the adventure gaming genre from the ’90s, and the first decade of the 21st century on such titles as Maniac Mansion, The Secret of Monkey Island, Grim Fandango and Day of the Tentacle. The souls of those games and time moved forward with Lucas arts after Ron Gilbert and Double Fine’s Tim Schafer had left.
The last Lucas Arts game under development was Star Wars 1313, there were around for months on the action-adventure’s development which had been stopped with no future news as of yet. In addition, fate of Star Wars: First Assault, a MMOS, has been just as clear as far as news goes, clear as mud. It’s beyond this blogger’s mind why Disney would kill off LucasArts? Did they think that the Cash Cow was out of milk, and it was time to grind it to ground round after Acquiring said Franshise? I mean why stop development on what is sure to be a hit to the Jedi and Sith Communities and Fan Circles? Disney, just what is going on in the head of yours? Walt Disney would have never done something like that.