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#1 Edited by Inverno (12832 posts) - - Show Bio

Disney has reportedly laid off the staff of the popular game studio LucasArts, best known for adapting games based on the Star Wars related LucasFilm franchises. The move includes the layoff of close to 150 employees and the cancellation of several prominent projects currently in development.

“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.”

Beginning last September, LucasArts had put a hold on all new hiring and product announcements and many began to ponder the fate of the famous LucasFilm game studio after Disney acquired the company and all related franchise properties late last year. One of the larger blows to fans came when the news that both Star Wars 1313 and Star Wars: First Assault, two highly anticipated LucasArts titles were being “halted” – effectively canceled.

via [Kotaku]

Allow me to convey the appropriate reaction...

#2 Edited by The_Lunact_And_Manic (3286 posts) - - Show Bio

Meh

Battlefront 2 and Star Wars ep III were the only good SW games.. >_>

#3 Posted by BlackReaper (594 posts) - - Show Bio

Give us a new Battlefront. Who cares about the other stuff.

#4 Posted by deadpoolrules (4683 posts) - - Show Bio

Battlefront 2 was beast,SW ep III was cool,but 1313 looked nice.

#5 Posted by Xanni15 (6758 posts) - - Show Bio

The only sad part is that 150 people lost their jobs. SW games haven't been much lately.

#6 Edited by omegablast452 (2425 posts) - - Show Bio

Booooooooo!

YOU SUCK DISNEY!

#7 Posted by KraytRawk (606 posts) - - Show Bio

Battlefront 2 and Star Wars ep III were the only good SW games.. >_>

-__- really? What about Rouge Squadron? What about Jedi Academy? What about Dark Forces II: Jedi Knight? What about KOTOR?? Even LEGO Star Wars was awesome..

#8 Posted by The_Lunact_And_Manic (3286 posts) - - Show Bio

@the_lunact_and_manic said:

Battlefront 2 and Star Wars ep III were the only good SW games.. >_>

-__- really? What about Rouge Squadron? What about Jedi Academy? What about Dark Forces II: Jedi Knight? What about KOTOR?? Even LEGO Star Wars was awesome..

Yea, nope, no, meh, what?, the LEGO SW games were just..good.

#9 Edited by Loki9876 (2981 posts) - - Show Bio

I think, we shouldn't only blame Disney.

#10 Posted by The_Tree (6416 posts) - - Show Bio

This is highly upsetting. I hope Star Wars 1313 will live on somehow, it looked incredible.

#11 Edited by SithLantern93 (1779 posts) - - Show Bio

Friends lets march to the Walt Disney Company...

#12 Posted by CaptainLantern76 (539 posts) - - Show Bio
#13 Edited by Duncan (11326 posts) - - Show Bio

They haven't really been good in a long while. Liked the Force Unleashed ones. But they weren't great.

#14 Posted by mrdecepticonleader (16870 posts) - - Show Bio

That is a shame 1313 looked fantastic.

#15 Edited by consolemaster001 (4477 posts) - - Show Bio

1313 ? Lol this thread had 13 posts, when I saw it.

#16 Posted by Edamame (28007 posts) - - Show Bio

That sucks.

#17 Posted by YourNeighborhoodComicGeek (19489 posts) - - Show Bio

WHAT THE HECK DISNEY.

I HAD FAITH THAT YOU WOULDN'T SCREW THINGS UP.

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!

#18 Posted by joshmightbe (24101 posts) - - Show Bio

relax folks eventually Disney will buy Nintendo and they'll be pumping out new star wars games like water.

#19 Edited by LordSidious (1 posts) - - Show Bio

Soon Disney shall control all and create the first Galactic Empire!

#20 Posted by VercingetorixTheGreat (2823 posts) - - Show Bio
#21 Posted by SmashBrawler (4745 posts) - - Show Bio

I knew they would do something stupid eventually.

#22 Posted by Backflip (2251 posts) - - Show Bio

I was so in support of Disney as a means of reinvigorating the franchise. Seems I was wrong. I'm gonna go get a rasor now......

#23 Edited by theDCkid (874 posts) - - Show Bio

All Disney has been doing with their newly aquired rights to MARVEL and Star Wars is putting the respective characters from each company into their kids shows. What a way to kick us fans while we're down.

#24 Posted by joshmightbe (24101 posts) - - Show Bio

@thedckid: Iron Man 3 is technically a Disney movie

#25 Posted by King Saturn (222808 posts) - - Show Bio

Damn... Disney making Cold Moves.

#26 Posted by Samimista (20185 posts) - - Show Bio

@duncan said:

They haven't really been good in a long while. Liked the Force Unleashed ones. But they weren't great.

I agree with this so I'm not surprised by the decision but I was looking forward to Star Wars 1313.

#27 Edited by StMichalofWilson (3405 posts) - - Show Bio

@caiotrubat: I've now been devoted to the Dark Side

Me at Disney

#28 Edited by drgnx (3513 posts) - - Show Bio

Lets face it, the Studio was on borrowed time since the sale.

#29 Posted by Stormbox (2001 posts) - - Show Bio

@kraytrawk said:

@the_lunact_and_manic said:

Battlefront 2 and Star Wars ep III were the only good SW games.. >_>

-__- really? What about Rouge Squadron? What about Jedi Academy? What about Dark Forces II: Jedi Knight? What about KOTOR?? Even LEGO Star Wars was awesome..

Yea, nope, no, meh, what?, the LEGO SW games were just..good.

Kotor is meh? Really?

#30 Posted by Gwahlur_Rising (216 posts) - - Show Bio

Just as Elmo has replaced Big Bird as the iconic character on Sesame Street, it seems as though Scrooge McDuck has replaced Mickey as the Disney icon.

#31 Posted by Deranged Midget (17598 posts) - - Show Bio

Heh.

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#32 Posted by JediXMan (27949 posts) - - Show Bio

....

*sigh*

You know, my initial reaction was anger. But then, it was bitter acceptance. Why should I really be surprised?

Oh well. Maybe this will leave room for a new Jedi Knight or Battlefront III, but I won't hold my breath. Goodbye, Space Drake; we hardly knew you.

#33 Edited by Immortal777 (5919 posts) - - Show Bio

#34 Posted by Bruxae (9366 posts) - - Show Bio

RIP to a great gaming studio, I was really looking forward to 1313 too.

Atleast we can look forward to a Michael Bay styled Starwars sequal. /Sarcasm

#35 Edited by umbrafeline (5300 posts) - - Show Bio

thanks alot george w bush uhh i mean lucas

#36 Edited by Teerack (4549 posts) - - Show Bio
#37 Posted by turoksonofstone (13194 posts) - - Show Bio

Soon Disney shall control all and create the first Galactic Empire!

#38 Posted by Eternal19 (2074 posts) - - Show Bio

Lets just pray that all those people who lost their jobs are able to get new ones

#39 Edited by Tacos_Kickass (844 posts) - - Show Bio

Someone needs to make a new Star Wars Battlefront, I would play the hell out of that.

#40 Edited by Inverno (12832 posts) - - Show Bio
#41 Posted by Crash_Recovery (850 posts) - - Show Bio

As much as I've loved LucasArts games of the past, many of their big recent successes were outsourced to companies like Bioware.

#42 Posted by lykopis (10756 posts) - - Show Bio

Just business. Plus, Disney wants to get the name Lucas away from Star Wars so it shouldn't be surprising.

@drgnx said:

Lets face it, the Studio was on borrowed time since the sale.

Exactly.

#43 Posted by Lvenger (16049 posts) - - Show Bio

Damn and I was hoping for Battlefront 3 in the future. RIP Lucasarts you will be missed :(

#44 Posted by guttridgeb (4831 posts) - - Show Bio

Damn, this sucks. I was really looking forward to 1313.

#45 Posted by atomicfist (23 posts) - - Show Bio

I say boycott anything thats disney

#46 Edited by BlackArmor (6121 posts) - - Show Bio

@xanni15 said:

The only sad part is that 150 people lost their jobs. SW games haven't been much lately.

agreed

#47 Edited by TheSheepHerder (11958 posts) - - Show Bio

Considering all the 'ooh, ahh' reactions it got at E3, maybe Star Wars 1313 will be continued by another developer? : /

Still, I wish the LucasArts employees all the best.

#48 Posted by Kal'smahboi (3318 posts) - - Show Bio

Are we still getting new movies?

#49 Posted by Aiden Cross (15513 posts) - - Show Bio

Hmm not really a big surprise. It was a long time coming. I feel bad for the LucasArts employees though. The only upside to this is that it might rekindle my hope for Battlefront 3... I doubt it though...

#50 Edited by TheGoldenOne (38849 posts) - - Show Bio

Considering all the 'ooh, ahh' reactions it got at E3, maybe Star Wars 1313 will be continued by another developer? : /

Still, I wish the LucasArts employees all the best.

This.