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In October last year the media giant Disney bought the Lucasfilm empire for 4.05 billion dollars. The acquisition not only Mickey Mouse and Star Wars ended with the same owners, but also that the Disney empire had control of the game publisher LucasArts.

Posted by Kark-Jocke on Apr 8th, 2013


Disney Shuts Down LucasArts


In October last year the media giant Disney bought the Lucasfilm empire for 4.05 billion dollars. The acquisition not only Mickey Mouse and Star Wars ended with the same owners, but also that the Disney empire had control of the game publisher LucasArts. At that time they had little concrete information about what Disney was planning to do with LucasArts, but Disney's CEO Robert Iger said that they would probably focus mostly on social games and mobile games based on existing franchises Lucas. Console Games would still be a possibility, he thought, but then most likely through licensing.Now it is clear that Disney will shut LucasArts as a separate facility. Instead of developing and publishing games themselves will license out the rights to make games based on their licenses, which include Indiana Jones and Star Wars. The name LucasArts will continue to be used in such licensed games. According to the website Kotaku has 150 employees lost their jobs.


Traditional company

LucasArts was one of the oldest publishers in the industry, and was started as far back as 1982. Their first games were classics Ball Blazer and Rescue Wed Fractalus, both of which pushed the technology to its limits. They debuted the game console Atari 5200, but came to a number of other formats. In the eighties, the company released a number of great games, and also created the innovative MMO game Habitat, where players got to interact with each other in a virtual world.


Later the company became known for its point-and-click adventure games, which included everything from Monkey Island and Day of the Tentacle to several games based on the Indiana Jones. In the late eighties and early nineties LucasArts one of gaming's most recognized names, and classic density was high.

In the early years the publisher existed was the focus on anything other than Star Wars. In 1993, the first self-produced Star Wars game, the acclaimed space simulation game Star Wars: X-Wing. It was a result of the CD-based video game Star Wars: Rebel Assault, and later shooters Star Wars: Dark Forces and Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II.

In the new millennium, the company has been responsible for far fewer great games. There have been constant changes in management and the company has apparently not been able to decide if they would focus on Star Wars games or other projects. Many games, such as sequels to the nineties classics Full Throttle and Sam & Max, has been dropped before launch.


The company experienced some success with games like Star Wars: The Force Unleashed and Star Wars: Battlefront, but the third Battlefront game was canceled, and the series was apparently shelved. MMO game Star Wars: The Old Republic, which was a collaboration with Electronic Arts, was not the success that LucasArts had hoped.


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Yuribeard7
Yuribeard7 Apr 8 2013, 5:06pm says: +6 votes     reply to comment
coolgem923
coolgem923 May 7 2013, 9:56pm replied:

That was the funniest sad moment that ever happened when I pushed the button... LOL

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xonone
xonone Apr 8 2013, 5:28pm says:

Damnit no star wars 1313 or battlefront 3. DAMN YOU DISNEY. oh and ea too :D

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ElfFriend
ElfFriend Apr 8 2013, 6:50pm replied:

and WB, since WB are much worst then EA....

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Kark-Wesker
Kark-Wesker Apr 8 2013, 5:49pm says:

No more Star Wars game, NOOOO!!!!

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ComradeWinston
ComradeWinston Apr 8 2013, 5:55pm replied:

No, it means they're giving developers games to develop. Lucasarts hasn't developed a game in over 5 years anyways.

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Kark-Jocke Author
Kark-Jocke Apr 8 2013, 6:55pm replied:

There will always be more Star Wars games, LucasArts are not the only ones working on it. (EA) - Electronic Arts, will probably continue with Star Wars games.

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WeeGee9000
WeeGee9000 Apr 8 2013, 7:09pm replied:

EA?? NO NO PLEASE NO!!! NO!!! NOOOO!!!

+6 votes     reply to comment
Kark-Wesker
Kark-Wesker Apr 8 2013, 7:22pm replied:

I see that there are not so many who are fan of (EA) I wonder why?

+2 votes     reply to comment
ComradeWinston
ComradeWinston Apr 8 2013, 7:27pm replied:

They only destroy everything they touch. No big deal.

Just look at the EA fan group. xD

+7 votes     reply to comment
Kark-Jocke Author
Kark-Jocke Apr 8 2013, 7:31pm replied:

We can only hope that the EA should not be working with Star Wars games, that someone else will work on it.

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LucianoStarKiller
LucianoStarKiller Apr 8 2013, 9:45pm replied:

*cough BioWare *cough

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ComradeWinston
ComradeWinston Apr 8 2013, 10:02pm replied:

Bioware's glory days seem to be over. Just look at their recent games, not that EA is helping or that whole gutting themselves thing that happened a while back.

They're pretty much just a branch of EA at this point.

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AnimeLoverForever
AnimeLoverForever Apr 15 2013, 5:13am replied:

The only thing I know EA has made ​​is good is: Battle For Middle Earth 1 and 2

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HeavyMetalBreadLoaf
HeavyMetalBreadLoaf Apr 8 2013, 5:50pm says:

This gif was posted recently on a similar subject, I think it fits Disney's policy quite well Moddb.com

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ComradeWinston
ComradeWinston Apr 8 2013, 6:03pm says:

Lucasarts hasn't developed a game themselves in years and their talent left a long time ago. This can only be a good thing, besides 1313 being canceled.

And now they'll be giving out the licence to other developers to develop Star Wars games. Maybe we'll finally get Battlefront 3, I doubt Disney is just going to sit on a licence after they paid lord Lucas so much. Its not like he was doing anything good with it.

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juicytoot
juicytoot Apr 9 2013, 6:09pm says:

I liked star wars: demolition on PS1 and Star wars racer: revenge on PS2. They are classics.

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Stuart98
Stuart98 Apr 9 2013, 10:19pm says:

Am I the only grammar nazi here who's about ti kill himself over the errors in the article? It looks like it was google translated to some language and then translated back.

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LegendaryGod
LegendaryGod Apr 11 2013, 8:22am says:

Damn, Lucas Arts had the best StarWars Games Ever! I don't think there will be any one who could actually do the job as good as LucasArs

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