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All we had to worry about before was continuity but there is a far greater darkness gaining strength.

Posted by Ozzy667 on Mar 21st, 2013

By Dave Bouressa

The Disney/Star Wars news just keeps getting better and better. After the recent news of Disney canceling Star Wars The Clone Wars, and then pretty much demolishing Lucasfilm Animation, Mickey Mouse is not done with his tyrannical rule over his new empire.

A new article from GameIndustry.biz has some grim news...

Disney has announced the beginning of production on Star Wars Episode VII, to be directed by noted director JJ Abrams; the cancellation of the acclaimed animated series The Clone Wars after 100 episodes; and Seth Green's planned Star Wars: Detours comedy has been shelved for now. The speculation among Hollywood insiders is that Disney wants to focus efforts on the new movie, and wants to remove possible distractions (other licensed Star Wars shows) from the entertainment landscape.

The last few years have been turbulent for LucasArts, with a series of executive changes and downsizings. Jim Ward headed up the company from 2004 to 2008; he was followed by Howard Roffman as interim until Darrell Rodriguez took over and was replaced by Paul Meegan in 2010; Meegan left in 2012, and the studio has not yet chosen a permanent president.

The game slate for LucasArts has been pared down to only one that's promoted on its web site: Star Wars 1313. The game is a third-person adventure game, seemingly similar to a BioWare game, and it caused quite a positive buzz at E3 last year. Kotaku has reported that the three different sources told them the game was put on hold since the acquisition, but LucasArts denied this, saying that "Star Wars 1313 continues production." Kotaku also reported that Star Wars: First Assault, a multiplayer shooter, may never be released given the uncertainty about the future of LucasArts and its direction.

MTV.com had this to say about it...

With the new trilogy from J.J. Abrams on the orizon, Disney might be concerned that a gritty shooter could cause some brand confusion depending on which direction they decide to go with their take on the franchise.
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Last month, Kotaku reported that the studio was beginning to bleed talent as employees uncertain about their prospects began to jump ship for more stable opportunities. This brain drain--with no new influx of talent--could ultimately be what spells the end for LucasArts.


At this point, LucasArts has denied any shutdown, but if there is one thing that people have learned about Lucasfilm as a company, it's that they are very good at lying until they want you to know exactly what is going on behind their closed doors. Everything is simply rumor at this point, until Lucasfilm and/or LucasArts admits to it, or puts out an official word that the rumors are false. But the evidence that has been surrounding LucasArts over the past few years is pretty substantial...

Let's take a look at the most recent Star Wars games on everyone's minds:

-Battlefront 3-Dead
-Force Unleashed 3-Dead
-The Old Republic-Started strong, but a year later is practically on life support
-First Assault-Was reported to be doing somewhat well, then drastically disappeared from every source. All videos have been pulled on behalf of Lucasfilm.
-1313-Reported to not be doing well.

Now let's look at the RELEASED Star Wars games that fulfilled exactly what they promised:

-Star Wars Kinect
-Star Wars Angry Birds
-Lego Star Wars

Seeing the pattern here?

Essentially, LucasArts is, and has been for quite some time, in a production Limbo. Just about every product that people want has been shut down or is not doing well, to be replaced by "casual games" and games that will not interfere with future plans regarding Star Wars as a franchise. And judging from the reports, it seems as though either Disney is going to shut the entire thing down, or put it into their own hands.

From a business perspective, it makes sense for Disney to do this...kind of. They own it now, and want to run it their way by putting it in the hands of their own people. I get that. It's a bad move, but it makes sense to a slight degree. However, when you break the trust of Star Wars fans everywhere by taking away what they love to replace it with stuff that is "in Disney's best interest", what kind of profit are you going to make? Disney is only hurting their own cause.

Shutting down LucasArts on top of the "Star Wars genocide" they have already done by shutting down Lucasfilm Animation, and Star Wars: The Clone Wars (quite aggressively, I might add) could just be too much for most Star Wars fans to handle. We have been hoping for years to see Battlefront III show up at E3. We knew it was never going to happen, but it's that slight optimism that keeps us going. By shutting down LucasArts, Disney is killing that hope. And at the end of the day, that's what Star Wars is all about; that "new hope", waiting for the end of the dark times, but unfortunately, as more and more news is released, it appears that the dark times are only just beginning...

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Sanguinius
Sanguinius Mar 21 2013, 9:34pm says: Online

This my friends is the death of the Star Wars Universe...I mean yeah we will get 3 more movies, and that's of course if the first movie is good enough, if it's not they probably won't make episode 8 and 9.

When it comes to games, we can just say goodbye. BF3, SWEAW 2 and stuff like that are only our dreams that will never come true, no matter how much petitions we sign and how much we press them to do it, they just wont...

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501stcaptainrex
501stcaptainrex Mar 21 2013, 10:27pm says:

Who wants to form a mob and burn Disney Land down?

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ElfFriend
ElfFriend Mar 21 2013, 10:34pm replied:

I want to form a mob and burn down WB, EA, and maybe Disney HQ:D

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Delta289
Delta289 Mar 21 2013, 10:31pm says:

welp i got the works of J.R.R Tolkien and Warhammer 40k to fall back on what are your gent's plans?

i knew the star wars franchise was doomed the day i sat down in that theater and watched Dave Filloni's crap pour into my retinas. 2007 was the last great year for the star wars franchise after that it all went downhill and continues to go downhill.

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Sanguinius
Sanguinius Mar 22 2013, 10:00am replied: Online

40k is my main choice anyway, but that doesn't mean i would let Star Wars die :P

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Delta289
Delta289 Mar 22 2013, 11:23am replied:

well there's nothing we can do. we can petition all we want but i assure you they wont listen. as long as money is their incentive nothing will stand between them and money. and let us not forget, Disney is a powerful corperation with influence not just in america but all over the world.

"musik Kommt auf den Weissen haus, und vom parrie steht micky maus" -from "Amerika" by Rammstein and translates to "music comes from the white house, and before Paris stands Micky mouse"

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Niner.
Niner. Mar 22 2013, 5:51am says:

When the clone wars is sinking, then you have my permition to die

Star Wars kinect is a shame for the license, license just raped to get more money

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