Disney announced today that it’s shutting down the 30-year-old LucasArts studio, and about 150 workers were laid off as the result. The studio’s projects, including the highly anticipated Star Wars: First Assault and Star Wars 1313, were all put on indefinite hold and likely cancelled.
However, Disney is still keeping the LucasArts name as “licensing model,” which means it would take charge of licensing the Star Wars brand and its intellectual property.
“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,” reads a statement from Lucasfilm, the parent company of LucasArts. “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.”
A separate statement from Disney Interactive says it “looks forward to working with Lucasfilm on new games opportunities that leverage their incredible IP and brings it to life across gaming platforms.”
Since acquiring Lucasfilm last October, it was rumored that Disney was planning on closing down LucasArts. Disney has also attempted to reorganize its gaming business by shutting down Epic Mickey‘s Junction Point Studios and focusing more on projects such as Disney Infinity.
Founded in 1982, LucasArts has a long history in the video game industry, making games for the Star Wars franchise, and producing critically-acclaimed adventure PC games such as The Secret of Monkey Island and Maniac Mansion.
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