Disney gives LucasArts the boot!!

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LucasArts, the game publisher and developer behind two decades of games, is being shut down by Disney, according to a release sent out Wednesday afternoon.

Disney plans to shift from developing games internally to licensing franchises like Star Wars and Indiana Jones to other developers. The LucasArts statement, received by GameInformer, reads:

“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.”

This also means current games in development by LucasArts have been scrapped, including Star Wars 1313, which had a very impressive tech demo at 2012’s E3.

LucasArts was founded in 1982, and achieved great success in the 1990s for its point-and-click adventure games like The Secret of Monkey Island, Day of the Tentacle and Full Throttle. In the last decade, the company has focused on more licensed Star Wars titles, including Star Wars: The Force Unleashed.

We will bring you more details as we receive them. Stay tuned to TMSM for updates!

Author: Michele

Michele Atwood is the Owner/Editor of The Main Street Mouse and it’s subsidiaries and author of the book “Moving to Main Street U.S.A.” Michele also contributes Disney news to the Joe Kelley Morning Show on 96.5 WDBO in Orlando. She and her family made the move from Michigan to the Orlando area to pursue their Disney dreams. Michele is a life long Disney fan, and has two sons who have followed suit, each going on their first Disney trip before their first birthday’s. Part of the goal Michele has for The Main Street Mouse is not only to keep members informed, but to create somewhat of a Disney Family by relating to others through personal experiences and opinions. Also, Michele is making it a priority to share stories of inspiration and hope to other Disney Fans in an effort to share the Magic and hopefully make a difference in the lives of others.

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