Disney Closes LucasArts

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Allow me to start by saying that my first game ever was Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis, a point-and-click adventure by LucasArts. Therefore I’m very sad for the recent news of Disney putting an end to the legendary publisher.

Disney, after acquiring Lucasfilm and LucasArts last year in a $4.05 billion deal, 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”.

In addition to a number of Star Wars inspired games, the publisher will be remembered for its work defining the adventure genre from the ’80s to the ’90s, on such titles as Maniac Mansion, The Secret of Monkey Island, Indiana Jones adventures, Grim Fandango and Day of the Tentacle.

The latest Star Wars projects, 1313 and First Assault, have been cancelled; with the possibility of a licensed external development and publishing. Disney assured that “there still will be Star Wars games out there”.

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