LucasArt Shut Down by Disney
Posted: April 6, 2013 by Maja Johnson
Just 5 months after buying Lucasfilm Ltd. For $4.05 billion, Disney have decides to shut down LucasArts, the game production studio that they inherited with the purchase.
This decision was reached as the studio's numbers and performances were not looking promising. The shut down will include some layoffs both in San Francisco and Singapore, where the studio' facilities are located. Rumors speak about 150 people being made redundant, but nothing has been confirmed so far. It is believed that a smaller number of employees will remain to manage the company.
LucasArt has been struggling in the gaming world. It was trying to produce a game that would outshine the World of Warcraft and other interactive online games, but it was unsuccessful. The company's two promising projects Start Wars: First Assault and Star Wars:1313 have been put to a stop. Gamers all over the world will be disappointed as they were looking forward to these rather mature, bounty-hunting, shooting/fighting action adventure games.
According to Disney, they are not planning to kill off LucasArts entirely and stop the gaming production process as a whole. They are just looking for new models of reconstructing LucasArts and make it more profitable. Disney are planning to convert the company from an internal development model into an external licensing one. This will bring minimal risks to the company and new partnerships that will increase its portfolio. The future of the Star Wars games is not so dark after all. Disney are planning to license out Star Wars 1313 and First Assault to other gaming companies.
LucasArts has brought the gaming world Battlehawks, Monkey Island, Maniac Manson, Day of the Tentacle, Grim Fandango, Indiana Jones, Star Wars and many more since 1996. Many generations have grown up playing these games. It is truly and end of an era.