One of the wildfire stories of the day is the closure of iconic videogame studio LucasArts, creators of many beloved franchises.
The news was reported by Game Informer today, where the full statement from Disney read:
“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.”
Of course, while this does mean that the likelihood of us seeing Star Wars: 1313, there are still other Star Wars titles in the works, although sadly they’re licensed titles to tie in with Episode VII, so their quality is anything but assured.
LucasArts helped bring the weight of Star Wars as a videogaming franchise into renown, building it up as a staple of games throughout the 90s, and only waning in its later years. Other classics borne of the studio include Maniac Mansion, Monkey Island, Full Throlle (pictured) and Grim Fandango.
Disney will still have the LucasArts name to use if they choose, the closure refers to the studio itself.