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Disney Closes LucasArts Gaming Arm
Start Insult Swordfighting... now!

04 April 2013  |  Written by Ali Plumb  |  Source: LucasArts

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It's with a heavy heart and RSI-riddled point-and-clicking fingers that we bring you the news of LucasArts' demise. Closed down by its new owners Disney, the much-loved video game developer is laying off all its staff and turning into a licensing entity. In other words, Star Wars: First Assault and Star Wars 1313 are no more.

In this way, the Golden Guy will live on through other game designers picking up their previous creations, which include the Star Wars and Indiana Jones games, as well as Monkey Island, Maniac Mansion and Sam & Max, some of which are already in the safe hands of LucasArts' spiritual successor, TellTale games.

Some of Lucasfilm Games' (as it was originally known) best-loved releases - notably the Monkey Island series - are still available on iPhones, iPads and elsewhere, but for the time being LucasArts' legacy lives on in the minds of its fans and anyone who regularly indulges in a spot of Insult Swordfighting.

Interestingly, there are aspects of perhaps LucasArts' finest game, the undead-themed Mexican Halloween-falvoured puzzle noir Grim Fandango, in Pixar and Toy Story 3 director Lee Unkrich's mooted Day Of The Dead movie, which somehow has no connection to Tim Burton despite all the skulls involved.

The closing down of LucasArts comes after several other Star Wars-affliated brands have been shown the door by Disney of late, most notably the critically-acclaimed Clone Wars TV show, which seems to show that The House Of Mouse is keen to cause a disturbance in The Force in the form of a Jedi/Sith drought. So say goodbye to Star Wars Kinect and look forward to looking forward to Episode VII (currently earmarked for a 2015 release).

Additionally, Variety reports that many Industrial Light And Magic staff are also losing their jobs as part of this move. Then again, when you buy a company for $4.05 billion, you're going to need to make a few tough decisions along the way...

Desperate for more point-and-click adventuring? Be sure to play TellTale Games' Walking Dead series to give yourself a pretty jaw-dropping fix. Also, if you have the time, check out Monkey Island and Maniac Mansion co-creator Ron Gilbert's blog post on saying goodbye to The Golden Guy.

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Better The Devil (a.k.a. Mike Stoklasa) You Know
Bet you all wish you hadn't driven Lucas to selling-up with your petty S.E. / prequel / Indy IV / Redtails diatribes now, huh... ;) More

Posted by Litshttam at 02:05 on 10 April 2013 | Report This Post

Better The Devil (a.k.a. Mike Stoklasa) You Know
Bet you all wish you hadn't driven Lucas to selling-up with your petty S.E. / prequel / Indy IV / Redtails diatribes now, huh... ;) More

Posted by Litshttam at 01:50 on 10 April 2013 | Report This Post

Disney is starting to piss me off! No more Clone Wars No more Star Wars 3D No more Detours No more games Old geriatrics to head Episode VII Fuck you Disney! Fuck you so hard! More

Posted by NeoBrowser at 05:11 on 05 April 2013 | Report This Post

They hadn't made a decent game in years. The Force Unleashed was the best in recent years and even that was a let down compared to what they promised. More

Posted by strkr241 at 19:54 on 04 April 2013 | Report This Post

Lucas Sold Out
If proof was needed that the beardy one sold out then this announcement is it. Not only did he sell up to Disney who want to own the entire movie world, they are getting rid of all the best things Lucas set up. First, stop anyone else who has contributed to the Star War Universe from doing their work anymore, then shut down Lucasarts mid projects and then to cap it all off, start getting rid of ILM staff. ILM is the granddaddy of VFX studios and without them we would not have the movies we hav More

Posted by spamfiend at 18:20 on 04 April 2013 | Report This Post

Fabulous Monkey Island reference there More

Posted by Guinevere at 16:15 on 04 April 2013 | Report This Post

A Love letter to Disney (note: added sarcasm included)...
Dear Disney, In regards to the stinking pile of mouseshit I've just read about you closing down LucasArts, I have one thing to say.o fuck youselves with a double ended lightsaber! uck you very much, INDEED! That is all. More

Posted by SUPER_movie_FREAK at 15:53 on 04 April 2013 | Report This Post

God damnit!
I was looking forward to Star Wars 1313, so I guess they're not going to finish off the game and release it for next gen and pc?! What a waste of talent and time the people have put, f**k you Disney! More

Posted by nybras at 14:26 on 04 April 2013 | Report This Post

Ill be sorry to see them go, they were up there with Nintendo and Sega as one of the best game developers of the late 80's and early 90's. More

Posted by hermes16 at 13:24 on 04 April 2013 | Report This Post

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