LucasArts shut by Disney

Disney shuts down LucasArts games publisher and lays off staff

Disney has shut down LucasArts as an internal developer effectively putting titles like Star Wars 1313 and Star Wars: First Assault on ice

In news that will have every Star Wars fanboy(and girl) who was looking forward to the gritty Star Wars 1313 game howling with rage, Disney has ended internal games development at LucasArts.

The once hallowed creator of such titles as Loom, The Secret Of Monkey Island, TIE Fighter and..., er, The Force: Unleashed has been switched by Disney to a licensing model business. This means that games will no longer be made at LucasArts, although the Star Wars IP could still be licensed to other developers.

The rather depressing news was revealed to GameInformer by Disney in a statement, which 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," the statement continued. "We are incredibly appreciative and proud of the talneted teams who have been developing our new titles."

Disney hasn't confirmed what will be happening with those 'new titles', such as Star Wars 1313 and Star Wars: First Assault. It could be that they've been mothballed for the forseeable future, although Kotaku have cited two sources who have said the games are "effectively dead".

Staff were apparently informed of LucasArts's demise yesterday morning and 150 people were laid off.