The lights are on
In a touching post on Facebook and with a photo gallery on Imgur, former LucasArts composer Jesse Harlin has eulogized the company and its now former employees.
It's a very sweet post that humanizes the workforce of LucasArts in a way carefully worded press releases would never be able to.
"LucasArts died today. It was 30 years old. Ask gamers to recall George Lucas' gaming company and they'll tell you about fulfilled childhood fantasies inside the cockpit of a TIE Bomber or laugh with you about insult sword fighting. They remember the time they spent in the boots of Kyle Katarn, Ben Throttle, or Boss. They remember our successes and they remember our stumbles."
You can read the whole post by heading to Harlin's Facebook page, or the Imgur gallery.
Disney announced that it was closing the studio last week. We are just as disappointed as every other gaming fan to see the company close and we gathered out favorite memories from our favorite LucasArts games.
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Whoa... I feel sorry for those who lost a job and that eulogy was very touching. Am I the only one who kinda got ticked at this part? "Disney announced that it was closing the studio last week"? I forgot that DISNEY was the captain of the ship now... *coughs*
Excellent eulogy. I'll miss them as LA.
what to listen to while looking at pictures www.youtube.com/watch
Good eulogy, but sad that it had to be given. I honestly don't know what I can expect from Disney, but at least the amount of $$$ at stake with Star Wars licenses means that we're definitely not done with Star Wars games. Stuff like Monkey Island or Maniac Mansion, however, might be the titles that are lost forever. . .
One of the Oldest running Gaming development and publishing companies ever, even older than Capcom buy a year, and it was truly successful. I see no logical reason for Disney to just shut down the studio if they wanted to make the Star Wars game license, they could have easily done that while letting these people keep their jobs.
I liked the IMGUR link, alot of good pictures of some interesting folk.
Sad that 1313 got cancelled, but honestly, I can't say I'm sad to see LucasArts go. Much like Lucas himself over the last few years, they just seemed to be sitting on the property without actually DOING anything with it! At least now we'll be able to see SOMETHING Star Wars on the shelves, even if it has a third party logo on the box...
rogue squadron for the n64.....great game
This is an odd aside, but he has the same last name as me. I've honestly never met another Harlin outside my family. I wonder if he's somehow distantly related to me?
Anyway, LucasArts will be missed for what they did right (Battlefront, Republic Commando, Mercenaries, Rogue Squadron, Jedi Outcast, etc.), but I think the company was heading down this road for awhile now. Its just too bad it had to all end this way.
Everyone forgets about good ol' James Chase and the Battlehawks.
Well, if anyone wants to start working on a fan-remake, hit me up; I'm always up for another flight with the guys.