Disney Shuts Down LucasArts, Star Wars 1313 Cancelled

By Ishaan . April 3, 2013 . 10:45am

Disney are shutting down their LucasArts games publishing subsidiary, according to a Game Informer report. A LucasArts representative informed the website:

 

“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.”

 

Meanwhile, Kotaku report that Star Wars 1313 and Star Wars: First Assault, two LucasArts games that were in development, have been cancelled, and around 150 people laid off.

 


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  • XYZ_JolteonZ980

    Disney makes some really baffling moves. FIrst Pure/SplitSecond developer, and then now LucasArts who had Stars Wars and at least had some promise with the upcoming next gen 1313. Such a shame to see it fall to the wayside, all for the sake of probably Disney Infinity and more money for the development of sequels that people are baffled about (monsters uni, finding dory, etc).

  • http://www.angelmassb.co.nr/ Angel Mass
    • Godman

      As unfortunate as it is, this had to be done lol

      • Punny Fuzz

        What? the whole situation of lucas arts shutting down, Star Wars 1313 and Star Wars: First Assault being cancelled, or someone posting :
        http://nooooooooooooooo.com/ ?

        • Godman

          The noooo meme
          Obviously I’m torn by the news, but seeing the post made me lol

  • malek86

    I wonder who’ll get a Star Wars license for some games then. The world could use a new space simulator, and the time is ripe for it.

    • neo_firenze

      Sega seems into licensed games lately, and they have some gaping holes after (1) they ended their contract for Marvel licensed games and (2) Platinum ended their contract developing games for Sega.

      It wouldn’t shock me… That being said, I’d hope they could do a better job than the awful Marvel games they were pumping out.

  • Mayjay

    I’m not sure I’m a 100% with Disney’s handling of the franchise. 1313 looked really promising. Maybe South Park had it right; Star Wars might have been better off with anybody but Disney.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Stephen-Mc-Devitt/100002626261475 Stephen Mc Devitt

    Another reason to shun George Lucas from human society. The man clearly did not think about what it meant for Lucasarts when he sold his franchise to Disney, then again he wrote the prequels like a fanfic written by a child.

    We need to dissect George’s brain to figure out how his mentality refuses to accept help and he thinks he’s making art when he really only cared about making money ASAP, hence the 3D re-releases.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/xxHiryuuxx Tohsaka

    Wow, that didn’t take long. Way to screw up one of the better companies for games since the mid 90s.

    • malek86

      Well, though to be honest, I fail to remember a great Lucasarts game in the last 5 years. The past is the past, but the present was much bleaker.

      • http://www.youtube.com/user/xxHiryuuxx Tohsaka

        Eh, it’s hard for me to let go of their resume though. I grew up on stuff like Dark Forces on the PC, right around the time things like DOOM, Quake and Unreal were a big deal…so I suppose I’m biased but even still…

        • malek86

          Of course, I’m also a big fan of their earlier games (X-Wing vs. Tie Fighter and Jedi Knight in particular!) and their adventures such as Monkey Island 2 and Grim Fandango.

          But admittedly, if we look at the company now, I don’t think we can say it’s the same as before. It’s almost like Atari after it was bought by Infogrames.

  • Sylvain Talbot

    People are probably gonna hate me for this but i think it makes perfect business sense.

    • malek86

      Yep, it probably does. Kinda sad but it’s the truth.

    • $36598391

      this sucks… so much for anything Star Wars
      I was looking forward to 1313 and Episode VII…..

      • MCRmy

        episode vii is still being made. LucasArts is the game company, LucasFilms was… well films.

    • LynxAmali

      It makes perfect sense…

      but it still hurts.

    • OkamiKing

      Not going to hate you, but I honestly would like an elaboration on perfect business sense. Cause I have no idea what that means.

    • 60hz

      it does and it doesn’t… fostering an inhouse dev team is potentially more profitable than outsourcing but it takes a bit more skill and foresight to do so. One of the most obvious problems with outsourcing is that the investment goes not into internally growth but into growth of the external company.

      A good external company will eventually harm the main company:. If the company is good they will put higher pressure on the main company financially (cost of dev will rise for example); if the company is bad projects will become over budget and harm the main company (cost of dev is higher than planned for example).

      It looks good in the short term, the power of star wars license will guarantee a certain amount of sales despite quality, but even that wont last forever.

    • 60hz

      it does and it doesn’t… fostering an inhouse dev team is potentially more profitable than outsourcing but it takes a bit more skill and foresight to do so. One of the most obvious problems with outsourcing is that the investment goes not into internally growth but into growth of the external company.

      A good external company will eventually harm the main company:. If the company is good they will put higher pressure on the main company financially (cost of dev will rise for example); if the company is bad projects will become over budget and harm the main company (cost of dev is higher than planned for example).

      It looks good in the short term, the power of star wars license will guarantee a certain amount of sales despite quality, but even that wont last forever.

    • Juan Andrés Valencia

      After Kinect Star Wars and The Force Unleashed II it makes complete business sense. But lets not forget that Disney can make some absolutely horrendous mistakes as well (Does anyone remember the virtually gore-less Turok reboot, the awesome but horrendously advertised Tron Evolution, the closure of Black Rock Studio and the cancellation of the Pirates Of The Caribbean RPG which looked amazing?).

      Also, Lucasarts did nothing before this to fight back, they could have made Battlefront III but they cancelled it, they could have used their framerate upscaling tech in The Force Unleashed II and they could have released the XBLA/PSN/Steam Battlefront game instead of releasing more Battlefront games on the PSP.

  • http://radiantloki.blogspot.com/ Mark Dinh

    Wait didn’t they just bought LucasArts? O_o?

    • malek86

      I imagine they were much more interested in the Lucasfilms part of the package. They probably planned on doing this from the beginning, since Lucasarts has been in dire straits for many years now (essentially since 2002 or so – the cancellation of Sam and Max 2, which eventually led to the founding of Telltale, was one of the results).

  • SirRichard

    Just can’t catch a break, can they? They’ve been hit with layoffs over the past few years, if I remember right, particularly around the time of Force Unleashed II. It’s an absolute shame about 1313, something promising could’ve come of that, and I hope those affected aren’t out of work for long.

  • ronin4life

    That’s awful.

    On the(possible) plus side, the chances of Star wars Battlefront 3 actually happening just quadrupled…

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Stephen-Mc-Devitt/100002626261475 Stephen Mc Devitt

      Star Wars: Battlefront I and II are now official rare gems of gaming.

  • Brimfyre

    Let’s face it, Disney. You are an evil, foul-smelling, vile,
    codependent villain and that’s just not what I’m looking for in a
    romantic relationship right now.

    • Tatsuya1221

      If you know what copyright laws (and by extension the us justice system) have been changed against the consumer because of disney, you’d know just how evil disney really is.

      I hate disney because they have taken away so many rights from people, not because i find micky mouse overrated (which i do, though donald and scrooge are awesome).

      • Testsubject909

        Truly conniving evil dons itself with a cloak of benevolence and generosity. What better way to do the unspeakable than by having the general population blinded by their veneration of your good will?

        Edit: Not really formulating my own personal opinion about Disney. Just touching on something you guys made me think of.

    • Brimfyre

      But seriously, where does this leave Monkey Island?

  • Luna Kazemaru

    I hope the people who lost their jobs can find new places I seen a few places on twitter saying they where open.

    As for Disney keep on making your mediocre games

    • Rohan Viajar

      only thing we’re getting from them is that Disney Infinity.

      I don’t understand why’d they want to turn the company into a licensing model. Like what games would they publish? I mean, unless you change the name of the company, the only games that would make sense to publish are lucas related games, but nobody else really does that.

    • Luis Edgar Flores Gutierrez

      Flipping burgers in McDonalds?

  • Kevadu

    This is a terrible April Fools joke…

  • Amine Hsu Nekuchan

    Come on, April Fools was two days ago…. :(

  • http://youtube.com/miyabigaming 水木

    EA or Disney

  • Niyari

    wow…. that is all

  • AuraGuyChris

    Curse you, Disney! Curse you and your unfunny sitcoms!

  • Richard N

    Thanks Disney.

  • http://thepunkeffect.com/?author=2370 FOXHOUNDER1014

    Man, Star Wars 1313 look pretty good. Such a shame to see it cancelled.

  • TheRealMalek

    I’m gonna cry…

  • fds_nextdart

    You don’t screw with Disney: http://youtu.be/4CE8OseiXGo that’s all~.

  • LynxAmali

    Disney, April Fool’s was two days ago.

    This is an April’s Fools joke, right?

    Please tell me it is. ;_;

    • Marcio Campos

      It is not!

  • Tom_Phoenix

    While this is sad news, it is not unexpected and, frankly, it is for the best. The quality of LucasArts titles has seriously declined since the 90′s. Plus, even though they focused almost solely on Star Wars games in the last decade or so, the best ones ended up being made by other development studios which were granted the license. Considering this, it makes perfect sense for Disney to cut their losses and solely focus on licensing.

    I just hope that Disney won’t just sit on LucasArts’ back catalogue. I would love to see some of the older Star Wars titles on GOG.

  • inglorious bastard

    So, they’re essentially shifting from the Apple model to the Microsoft model (or the Google Mobile model)?

  • NightzeroAX

    Wdf? No Star Wars Unleashed III?

  • alixraen

    Does this mean no more Monkey Island games?

    • SilentMC

      Isn’t that now owned by Telltale?

      • alixraen

        I originally thought so, but Telltale only developed ToMI, Disney still held the rights with LucasArts.

  • Happy Gamer

    although it makes complete business sense, those of us who grew up on Lucas Arts games (usually over 30 by now) see this as such sad news. I still remember playing the heck out of Fate of Atlantis CD-ROM edition

  • TheExile285

    WTF is this…..

  • Göran Isacson

    Welp… on the one hand, this could be good sense. Lucasarts haven’t been a quality developer for quite some time now. A businessman might wonder why we’re keeping something that’s just leaking money. After seeing how bad Final Fantasy XIV hurt Square Enix, you’d be more inclined to forgive Disney for doing what may simply be the amputation of a rotten limb to save the rest of the body from infestation.

    BUT it’s still a pretty worrisome move in one light. Firing a lot of people nver makes you popular, and what WILL the freed up resources be used for? Why terminate a game that had some pretty positive PR-buzz going for it? Did you look at it and see that it wouldn’t be up to snuff, or was it just the decision of a money-hat that don’t care much about games? What will come now? Will these people just be fired and every game from now on licensed out to other developers as a cost-cutting measure? There’s a lot of potential for scary stuff in this move, not to mention how this sends cold chills down the spine of many a gamer with fond memories of Lucasarts games- myself included, I really did a doubletake when I saw this article, even though I haven’t bought or enjoyed a Lucasarts game in forever.

    At this point, it feels like only time will tell wether this was a wise choice and Disney dodging a money-bleeding bullet, or just a corporate overlord stomping in and needlessly destroying something that could have been great.

    …. Although if Lucasarts now decides that it can make money by rereleasing Grim Fandango on Steam, or possibly revisit some old trademarks that are NOT Star Wars related or, you know, just let these old goodies back on the market to see if they ca nsqueeze some bucks out of them, well, I for one will gladly welcome our new Rodent Overlords. Because in the end… it’s all about what a games company has done for me lately. And Lucasarts haven’t done much, I’ll tell you what.

  • http://s1.zetaboards.com/Espada_of_Alexandria/index/ konpon568

    And to think, I wanted Disney and Capcom back together after they revealed Duck Tales: Remastered. A title, and thus, an old franchise about an old duck whose favorite passtime is to literally swim in cold… hard… cash… huh. I now wonder why they did it, and what they are trying to tell us by doing so.

  • scratchbach

    I’m really hoping they’ll unload some of their licenses over to other publishers. Namely, Monkey Island. The world needs more Guybrush.

  • Vesperion

    Always and forever

  • Mar Mar

    RIP Outlaws.

  • Warboss Aohd

    ya know……..considerin’ people are fer little bit focusin’ dere rage on Disney, and EA just got a new president…….dis iz da perfect time fer EA to attempt ta Win people over.

    Granted dey have been completely failin’ at dat, ESPECIALLY RECENTLY, but dey got a window o’ opportunity.

    i ain’t gonna tel ‘em dat o’ course.

  • Kaihedgie

    I think I despise 2013

  • Learii

    why Disney shut down Lucasarts?

    • Testsubject909

      The same reason why any large group shuts down any other group.

      Because it wasn’t financially sound.

  • Colonel Custard

    This may seem like a delayed reaction(it is -_-) but, with Lucas Arts going belly up I just realized there is no hope for a Republic Commando sequel or a new Jedi starfighter…

  • Sergio Briceño

    I liked both their old adventure games (Indiana Jones for PC, etc) and also how good the more recent Star Wars 1313 game was looking. Why did they cancel it? I hope it just means they are getting it finished with another developer, but still… What a shame.

  • TheBlackgirl123

    please tell me was this their late april fools joke.

    • Testsubject909

      Something like this wouldn’t be the sort of April Fool a family friendly magical world marketed image for a company’s Company would do as an April Fool.

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