Disney Closes LucasArts Game Studio

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When Disney bought LucasFilm, questions about what changes would be wrought at Lucas’ various divisions were easy to miss thanks to the wave of interest in the new Star Wars film quickly announced during the merger. But then the popular Clone Wars animated TV series was canceled, causing grumblings among the fanbase.

Now Disney has shuttered LucasArts as an active development studio. The game developer and publisher debuted in the early ’80s came to prominence with a slate filled with adventure games (The Secret of Monkey Island, Grim Fandango) and Star Wars titles (X-Wing, Rebel Assault, Dark Forces).

Since the early 2000s LucasArts has had more than a few problems, resulting in a big restructuring, high-level staff turnover, and lackluster games. But the company seemed to be on the verge of a resurgence with two big Star Wars titles in development: Star Wars: First Assault and Star Wars 1313. Both of those games are now canceled, though at least one could find life at other developers. Read More »

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