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.
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