Apr 7, 2013

Why it might be good Disney closed down LucasArts.


You might have heard that the owner of the Stars Wars franchise, Disney, decided to close down LucasArts. Disney stated:

"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 is a commercial decision and not a sleight against the studio's people. The reality is that Disney will be able to licence video game titles to other parties thus reducing their risk in terms of investing in new IP that may or may not take off.

The general consensus across the internet is that LucasArts hasn’t been as successful in recent years (Kinect Star Wars anyone?) – maybe Disney took that scuttlebutt into account.

The opportunity for other parties to pony up their own cash to make Star Wars related games creates the opportunity for better games than have been recently delivered by the studio.

Another possible benefit of LucasArts closing down is that creative and talent resources from the studio may be given roles on the production of the new trilogy and spin off films. And at the end of the day all we really want are awesome films….

And in terms of Lucas Arts legacy? For me, 'X-Wing' will forever be one of the greatest games in history...

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