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Disney Shuts Down LucasArts, Cancels Star Wars 1313 And Star Wars: First Assault

Disney has laid off the staff of LucasArts and cancelled all current projects.

Staff were informed of the shutdown this morning, according to a reliable Kotaku source. Some 150 people were laid off, and both of the studio's current projectsStar Wars: First Assault and Star Wars 1313were cancelled. Disney will still use the LucasArts name to license games, but the studio is no more.

Publicly, Disney is saying their current games could be licensed out to a different publisher or developer, but according to our source, that's unlikely. Our source says Lucas has pursued the option for "one or both games," but nothing happened. "With the teams now basically being dispersed I think both games are effectively dead forever," our source said.

After evaluating our position in the games market, weve decided to shift LucasArts from an internal development to a licensing model, minimizing the companys risk while achieving a broader portfolio of quality Star Wars games," LucasArts parent company LucasFilm said in a statement. "As a result of this change, weve had layoffs across the organization. We are incredibly appreciative and proud of the talented teams who have been developing our new titles.

This comes after weeks and months of rumors involving the studio, which was acquired by Disney last fall. In September, LucasArts put a freeze on all hiring and product announcements, which many staff saw as the beginning of the end. In February, we started hearing rumors that the studio might be shuttered. Today, it's official: the iconic development house is gone.

The company was acquired as part of a mega-merger last year where Disney acquired LucasFilm and its sibling company from Lucas. Maniac Mansion, one of LucasArts' first self-published titles, introduced the "SCUMM" game engine driving several well known point-and-click adventure titles the company published throughout the 1990s. The Secret of Monkey Island, created by Ron Gilbert and co-written by Double Fine's Tim Schafer, is one of the publisher's best-known graphical adventures using the engine.

The publisher's apogee was certainly in the 1990s, when a wave of Star Wars-themed titles for the PCsuch as Dark Forces, X-Wing and Rebel Assaultwere supplemented by games like the strategy title Afterlife, the Sam & Max series, and Schafer's Full Throttle.

In the 2000s, the company became more reliant on its Star Wars products and licenses sold to other developers as new efforts like Fracture failed to take hold. The decade's most notable successesStar Wars: Knights of the Old Republic and Star Wars: Battlefrontwere both externally developed, by BioWare and Pandemic Studios, respectively. LucasArts' last title to see mainstream success was 2008's Star Wars: The Force Unleashed. A 2010 sequel didn't live up to expectations. The last game published by LucasArts was Kinect Star Wars for the Xbox 360 last year, a game widely panned by critics.

http://kotaku.com/disney-shuts-down-lucasarts-468473749

Fecha-se o estúdio, fica o legado. Incomparáveis em termos de Point N'Click.

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fdx, já para não falar no x-wing e derivados, que revolucionou um género...

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Clone Wars agora isto...

ta bem que a Lucasarts como game developer estava quase morta mas mesmo assim, tinham o 1313 em desenvolvimento e pelo que vi parecia decente

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Como o Figos disse. Sentirei muito a falta deles por serem altos patrões num dos meus estilos favoritos. Por outro lado já não faziam nada de jeito há montes de tempo.. meh :/

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Para todos os efeitos, Lucas Arts é um nome que ficará sempre imortalizado e era marca de qualidade no que quer que fosse que estivesse envolvida.

Ninguém com juízo mata uma marca como aquela...

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Não era isto que estávamos à espera quando a Disney os comprou?

Also, se a Disney agora fechou a LucasArt... então porque é que a compraram?

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Para todos os efeitos, Lucas Arts é um nome que ficará sempre imortalizado e era marca de qualidade no que quer que fosse que estivesse envolvida.

Ninguém com juízo mata uma marca como aquela...

Precisamente! :blink:

MERDA! Lá se vai o 1313!!

Mesmo.. Foi uma das melhores revelações da E3 de 2012 e agora cancelam o projeto? Epá, alguém tem que pegar nisso.. O desenvolvimento já ia numa fase demasiado avançada para se deitar tudo ao lixo.

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A Raven lançou a tão pedida source do Jedi Knight 2 e Jedi Knight Academy como tributo à lucasarts.

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Já vi isso para sacar, para quem quiser...

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ELECTRONIC ARTS SELECTED FOR MULTI-YEAR AGREEMENT FOR THE FUTURE OF STAR WARS GAMING

May 06, 2013

Today it was announced that Lucasfilm Ltd. and Disney Interactive are entering into a multi-year, multi-title exclusive licensing agreement with Electronic Arts Inc. (EA) for the creation of new high quality Star Wars games spanning multiple genres for console, PC, mobile, and tablets.

Industry leaders and creators of best-in-class blockbuster games, the development and publishing teams at EA will collaborate with the creative teams at Lucasfilm to provide audiences with all-new gaming experiences set in the ever-expanding Star Wars galaxy. As part of the agreement, EA studio teams DICE (Battlefield series) and Visceral (Dead Space series) will join BioWare (Mass Effect series, Star Wars: The Old Republic) in the development of new Star Wars games.

"Our number one objective was to find a developer who could consistently deliver our fans great Star Wars games for years to come," said Kathleen Kennedy, President of Lucasfilm. "When we looked at the talent of the teams that EA was committing to our games and the quality of their vision for Star Wars, the choice was clear."

While EA studios will develop for the core Star Wars gaming audience, Disney Interactive will focus on delivering new Star Wars games for casual audiences on mobile, social, tablet, and online gaming platforms.

"This agreement demonstrates our commitment to creating quality game experiences that drive the popularity of the Star Wars franchise for years to come," said John Pleasants, co-president of Disney Interactive. "Collaborating with one of the world's premier game developers will allow us to bring an amazing portfolio of new Star Wars titles to fans around the world."

"Every developer dreams of creating games for the Star Wars universe," said EA Labels President Frank Gibeau. "Three of our top studios will fulfill that dream, crafting epic adventures for Star Wars fans. The new experiences we create may borrow from films, but the games will be entirely original with all new stories and gameplay."

More information, including titles in development, will be announced in the coming months. Continue to check StarWars.com for updates on the future of Star Wars gaming.

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Não é necessariamente mau. A DICE pega no Battlefront, a Bioware deixa-se de merdas e faz o Kotor3 e a Visceral continua o 1313.

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e depois a EA mete always on corta os jogos ao meio e distribui cm day 0 dlc :-..

also no kotor3, cuz.. SWOTOR IS kotor 3,4,5,6,7 n foi o que a bioware disse?

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E esqueci-me de outro detalhe, esqueçam os jogos starwars no steam

a partir de agora tudo...

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