After buying Lucasfilm 154 days ago, Disney has closed
LucasArts, laying off 150 employees. This is on the heels of cancelling The
Clone Wars animated TV series on Cartoon Network and laying off animators at
Lucasfilm. This means we will not be seeing the darker and edgier next-gen
shooter game, Star Wars 1313, featuring higher quality performance-captured
animation from Lucasfilm Animation and VFX from Industrial Light & Magic.
“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,” according to a LucasArts statement. “As a result of this
change, we’ve had layoffs across the organization.”
The move is consistent with Disney cancelling
internally-developed console game from Warren Spector’s Junction Point after
the release of Epic Mickey 2.
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