Published on April 3rd, 2013 | by Francois Chang2
Disney shuts down LucasArts studio – C’est la vie Star Wars: 1313
After buying Lucasfilm just half a year ago, Disney has pulled the plug on gaming studio, LucasArts. The company that was founded in 1982 was scheduled to release Star Wars: 1313 and Star Wars: First Assault. Now, these two titles may never see the light of day, much less next gen on Playstation 4 or Xbox 720. Now, Force loving fans will have to hold their breath for another publisher to sign a deal to resurrect development on these titles.
Addressing the recent announcement of the studio’s closing, Lucasfilm said the decision was made with the goal of “minimizing the company’s risk while achieving a broader portfolio of quality Star Wars games.” The closing has resulted in close to 200-employee layoffs.
LucasArts was best known for games like the Monkey Island series and Grim Fandango, along with publishing one of BuzzFocus‘ favorite titles, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. It’s always an unfortunate thing when a video game company or studio closes. It seems like there has been way too many sob stories over the past year. We wish everyone affected the best. Thanks for the memories, LucasArts.