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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 projects—Star Wars: First Assault and Star Wars 1313—were 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.

A second source also told Kotaku this afternoon that the chances of Lucas licensing out 1313 are very slim. The odds are "effectively zero," the source said.




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

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Disney and EA announced the multi-year licensing deal Monday — a month after Disney and LucasFilm shuttered long-time Star Wars game publisher LucasArts.


"Every developer dreams of creating games for the Star Wars universe," Frank Gibeau, president of EA Labels, said in a statement. "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."


EA studios DICE, Visceral and BioWare will be responsible for creating the new games.


"Our number one objective was to find a developer who could consistently deliver our fans great Star Wars games for years to come," Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm, added in the announcement.


"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," she said.



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NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! I was looking forward to 1313 :(


Just basically means they won't be building in house anymore. Still hope for Obsidian to do KOTOR 3 then...



see surfy, origin it is! ;)

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