Disney Closes LucasArts Division

Disney has announced it will close its LucasArts division and instead will license titles out. As result, the entire 150-strong staff has been laid off, while games in development like “Star Wars: First Assault” and “Star Wars 1313” have been scrapped.

In an official statement, they said:

“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.”

Founded thirty years ago, LucasArts peaked in the mid-1990s when it became famous for its innovative graphic adventure games including “The Secret of Monkey Island,” “Star Wars: Rebel Assault,” “The Dig,” “Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis,” “Day of the Tentacle” and “Grim Fandango”.