Big news has hit tonight as Disney has closed down game developer and publisher LucasArts, which created and published games such as the Monkey Island series, Grim Fandango, a host of Star Wars games including the Battlefront series and Knights Of The Old Republic, as well as the more recent Force Unleashed, and Kinect Star Wars title.
In a statement, Disney has stated that the closure is due to moving from a development model to licensing the company’s various titles to developers outside of the company. The status of the projects that were currently in development, including Star Wars 1313, are unknown but, with the development team being disbanded, it doesn’t look good.
LucasArts was founded in 1982 and enjoyed quite a lot of success with its various franchises, though in the last couple of years it has suffered in terms of critically acclaimed games with the Force Unleashed games and Kinect Star Wars failing to really capture the same fan base as the Battlefront games did. It was purchased along with Lucasfilm in October last year for the sum of $4 billion.
It’s a shame because I was quite looking forward to seeing more of Star Wars 1313. We wish all those who have been laid off luck in finding new positions.
Source: Statement via GameInformer