LucasArts Getting Shut Down; Star Wars Video Games To Be Licensed Out
We get news that more than 150 people will be laid off as Disney will be stopping production of all Star Wars video games with LucasArts, and instead moving to a licensing-based model.
Deadline reports that employees at LucasArts were notified this morning.
“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”, a Lucas spokesperson 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."
There were rumblings that two in-development Star Wars games might see the light of day using new versions of characters featured in the upcoming movies, but this news seems to put those to rest.
Disney has also recently announced the cancelation of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and instead, will be developing their own animated show.
Star Wars Episode VII has a 2015 release date directed by J.J. Abrams.
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