The lights are on
Game Informer recently interviewed a
representative from LucasFilm, who shed some light on the events leading to the
closing of LucasArts. They also revealed that some of the company's projects in
development, including Star Wars 1313, might have a future after all.
The representative we spoke to said that this
was not a decision made in haste, and a possible closing of LucasArts had been
being evaluated since Disney acquired the publisher as part of the
Disney/LucasArts deal in October, 2012:
"All of these things happened at once. Naturally, as any company that goes
through a big announcement like this, you have to look through your whole
portfolio and realign some things. 1313 was looking fantastic, the reception
has been great. Our other unannounced titles are fine, it just got to a point
where from a business standpoint we couldn't continue developing those
internally and keep up with the direction that the company was going."
Website Kotaku is reporting that 150 LucasArts employees have been laid
off, and that the games Star Wars: First Assault and Star Wars 1313 have been
cancelled. However, the representative we spoke to said that the company is
also evaluating its options regarding projects currently in development, which
could be licensed out to external development and publishing partners:
"It is worth noting that we are looking for proven external partners who
can help us provide video games to our fans. We still believe in the video game
industry, we still will provide Star Wars games, we're just looking at
different models rather than internal production... They're evaluating
everything. There's always a possibility that it [Star Wars 1313] can still
come out via licensing."
The representative also remarked on the general mood at the studio today,
which, understandably, is not upbeat:
"It's super sad. It's a terrible day. I want to make sure everyone realizes
that there still will be Star Wars games out there."
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I hope Star Wars 1313 is still alive and kicking, that game looked fantastic at E3 last year! It would be an amazing game to have on the PS4 or next Xbox.
Well that's nice. I hope it's at least good in order to send LA out with a bang.
Well, at least we still something positive out of this.
Give it a chance, why not....hopefully somebody picks it up
These games deserve to be finished and released. I hope good things come from this and that those games get what they deserve. Here is hoping!
At least there's a bit of positive news. I have a feeling, however, that if 1313 does get licensed, it probably won't be to a good developer.
Hey Disney be stupid to not allow this game to be made. After all Disney making their two games and they closed that studio and well moved on to mobile games which sucks in itself.
In truth Lucas Arts need to tell Disney to stop what they are doing. It is clear that Disney has no idea how the gaming market works anymore. Lucas Arts does. Yet being the fact they closed the Studio is a major handicap for Disney to even capitalizing on any Star War Success. Pretty much Disney may turn Star Wars into Star Trek.
Star Trek is a good Sci-Fi series and has a few good movies. Yet marketing. They did not ever capitalize on any of it or it was too late to capitalize. This is why people don't look highly on anything Star Trek.
So in turn Wars and Trek may end up being in the same boat. Also the fall of Sci-Fi for more Zombies, Sparkly Vampires, Pampered Werewolves, and other rather lame BS.
This breaks my heart....