Disney closes LucasArts publishing subsidiary

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It’s not a great week for gaming companies, first Activision let go a good portion of the workers (around 40) from High Moon Studios who were working on the upcoming Deadpool game, then Square Enix’s CEO steps down while also releasing around 40 workers from the Square Enix Los Angeles offices as the company plans to restructure after a terrible year of losses. Now Disney, who now owns all things Star Wars, has decided to change focus from developing any Star Wars, or in this case anything in the “world of LucasArts”, to licensing it out to minimize loss and focus solely on the new films.

Here is the official statement from Disney:

“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.”

It’s sad to see a long time company go, especially since we were teased with the Star Wars project Star Wars 1313, which went silent after last year’s E3. I will best remember LucasArts for games like Zombies Ate My Neighbors, Maniac Mansion, and Escape from Monkey Island.

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