LucasArts is dead effective immediately – sources suggest two major IP’s over
LucasArts has been completely shut down, including cancellations of Star Wars 1313 and Star Wars: First Assault, according to a Kotaku source.
According to Kotaku, 150 people were laid off from LucasArts’ closure, with possible sales of major IP’s like 1313, for example. However, their source said that the acquisition of one or both of the aforementioned titles is unlikely, explaining: “With the teams now basically being dispersed I think both games are effectively dead forever,” said the Kotaku source.
The official word from Disney upon purchase of LucasArts was that any games produced through them would focus on social or mobile gaming. A recent update shone a light on the decision to close the venerable gaming studio:
“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.”
According to various sources, Star Wars games will still be published under Disney, but not through, or by, the closed studio.
It is as of yet unknown whether or not First Assault or 1313 will find a new home to finish development, but it doesn’t seem unreasonable to suggest that another philanthropic publisher/developer team may seek rights to finish the game, given the existing hype and want surrounding the title.