Disney closes LucasArts

Plans to outsource development and publishing of Star Wars games; future of Star Wars 1313 unclear

Plans to outsource development and publishing of Star Wars games; future of Star Wars 1313 unclear

Disney has announced it will be closing LucasArts, the game development and publishing company started by George Lucas.

Disney bought LucasArt for $4bn late last year. According to the company, the decision to close the studio was taken after it decided to shift from internal development to external licensing.

"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," Disney said in a statement.

"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."

Disney nor LucasArts have said what will happen to titles that were in development. However, it is safe to assume for the time being that Star Wars 1313 will have been put on hold at the very least.

The last two major Star Wars games weren't developed by LucasArts. Star Wars MMO, The Old Republic was developed by Bioware, while Lego Star Wars was handled by TellTale Games.

Via: MCV