Disney Closes Prolific Game Development Studio Lucasarts

Disney-Closes-Prolific-Game-Development-Studio-LucasartsHaving only just acquired LucasArts from their recent acquisition of LucasFilm, Disney have already decided to close the doors on the once iconic development studio. While the studio may not have released quite as many hits in their more recent years, the news comes as a saddening surprise to those who grew up with their classics.

The Secret of Monkey Island, Day of the Tentacle, Loom, Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis, Sam & Max Hit the Road - all of these are just a small selection of the timeless, well written graphical adventures Lucasarts released in their prime. These narrative-led stories were proudly followed up by revolutionary titles such as Zombies Ate My Neighbors, Star Wars: Dark Forces, Herc's Adventures and Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic - all of which have influenced our gaming lives at some point.

Although our on-going desires for more point and click adventures have since been answered by the original creators who have headed in different directions, the loss of Lucasarts is a great one for both retro gamers and the gaming industry.

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.

Link: Disney Closes Game Publisher LucasArts (Game Informer)


Last Updated ( 03 April 2013 )  

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(Link to this comment) Megatrons_Fury 2013-04-03 21:19
I blame Atsumer, he works for Disney, it's his fault....GET HIM!
(Link to this comment) Sisee 2013-04-04 09:34
What's last LucasArts game people liked?
I have fond memories of Full Throttle. And Dark Forces did influence me back then.
But, TelTale own the licences to most of the old 'point-and-click' titles, the remainder owned by the original designers (now working for/running other companies) not to mention the action games are developed from outside with minimal input from LucasArts, just enough to warrant their logo.
One has to wonder if the closing of the LucasArts 'brand' is really as monumental as it appears.

Sam & Max, Monkey Island, Indiana Jones and even Star Wars games will be made.
LucasArts haven't done anything worthy of their logo in decades.
Believe me when I say that this isn't a bad thing.
It's just one less elaborate developer logo to sit through as your game starts.
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