Disney Kills Lucasarts

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  • RobTheBuilder 3 Apr 2013 18:42:39 6,976 posts
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    Just heard this.
    Link to follow
  • Deleted user 3 April 2013 18:44:36
    Good move, to be honest. Lucasarts haven't put anything decent out on their own accord for over a decade.
  • nickthegun 3 Apr 2013 18:46:00 73,332 posts
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    Shame, but they are still one of few softcos that can really claim to have had a golden period.
  • disusedgenius 3 Apr 2013 18:46:46 9,071 posts
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    Basically like what Games Workshop does, then?
  • daz_john_smith 3 Apr 2013 18:46:59 1,636 posts
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  • RobTheBuilder 3 Apr 2013 18:47:18 6,976 posts
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    @daz_john_smith thanks
  • CosmicFuzz 3 Apr 2013 18:47:20 32,215 posts
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    Is that like a golden shower?
  • StarchildHypocrethes 3 Apr 2013 18:48:21 31,273 posts
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    Shame as they were superb in their day. They've unfortunately been shit for years now though.

    Does this mean someone decent can pick up the X-Wing license now?
  • Deleted user 3 April 2013 18:52:31
    nickthegun wrote:
    Shame, but they are still one of few softcos that can really claim to have had a golden period.
    Hopefully this'll release the rights to some of the games they're sitting on from that golden period and we'll see them crop up on Steam. Their half-arsed "here's Dark Forces and Fate of the Atlantis" was a step in the right direction, but where's Day of the Tentacle, Grim Fandango or any of the X-Wing/TIE Fighter games? Dunno if this complicates matters or makes it more likely, to be honest.
  • oceanmotion 3 Apr 2013 18:55:32 17,316 posts
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    Sad day but they haven't been great for so long.

    Shiny isn't good enough and that is all they have been for a while now.

    Opportunities missed though, not making the most of Battlefront was a crying shame. Bad management on that one.

    1313 did look shit from the small snippet.

    On the bright side they might farm out IP to better people though Disney as a whole seem to ignore gaming now after dipping their toe in.

    Edited by oceanmotion at 18:57:57 03-04-2013
  • Baihu1983 3 Apr 2013 18:56:45 9,946 posts
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    Disney, which acquired Lucasfilm and LucasArts last year in a $4.05 billion acquisition, has shut down the legendary LucasArts division.

    "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," Disney informed Game Informer in a statement. "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."

    Although a Star Wars game factory in recent years, the publisher will be remembered for its work in defining the adventure genre from the '80s to the '90s on such titles as Maniac Mansion, The Secret of Monkey Island, Grim Fandango and Day of the Tentacle.

  • daz_john_smith 3 Apr 2013 18:58:15 1,636 posts
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    No worries.

    Even though LucasArts' output for sometime now has been somewhat sketchy, it's still a sad day.

    I'd like to think that licensing the properties could produce better games, but the licenses will likely end up in the wrong hands.

    Edited by daz_john_smith at 00:52:03 04-04-2013
  • dnbuk 3 Apr 2013 18:59:14 5,010 posts
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    Pretty classy from Irrational games.
  • munki83 3 Apr 2013 19:00:06 1,846 posts
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    To reiterate myself


    I have a lot of fond memories of Lucasarts games and although they went poor in the last decade or so they still made some of my favourite games of all time.
  • Deleted user 3 April 2013 19:00:57
    Jedi Knight on the company lan. Good times.
  • Razz 3 Apr 2013 19:02:27 63,428 posts
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    Ah, this is good news
  • ExcellentBenji 3 Apr 2013 19:03:17 94 posts
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    Ouch. Rest in peace, Lucasarts.
  • Vortex808 3 Apr 2013 19:12:17 12,187 posts
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    My hopes for a sequel to rescue on fractalus are finally squashed.


    Edited by Vortex808 at 19:12:42 03-04-2013
  • Psychotext 3 Apr 2013 19:14:35 62,873 posts
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    I'm sad for the old point and click days. Nothing from their modern catalogue though... because frankly they just became a sweatshop for shit Star Wars game and the occasional average Lego title.

    Grim Fandango was the last game of theirs to wow me, and that was (god I'm old) back in 1998.
  • Deleted user 3 April 2013 19:14:53
    Razz wrote:
    Ah, this is good news
    According to Kotaku 150 people were laid off so while some good may come of it down the line, I don't think I could say it's a good thing.
  • Deleted user 3 April 2013 19:17:40
    We might get a true sequel to Monkey Island 2 now.
  • oceanmotion 3 Apr 2013 19:25:37 17,316 posts
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    They haven't ruled out licensing the games like before so still a chance of some good stuff in the future, Disney just don't want to foot the bill. Hopefully they aren't horrible license holders.

    Before, devs were probably answering to Lucasarts and the level above so they don't rock the money boat. Whatever replaced that may be worse or better. Halo has become like that, everything must be connected, maximize the links across products and media.

    It must suck to work under that when you just want to make a fun game based on cool stuff from the Star Wars Universe for example.
  • Kostabi 3 Apr 2013 19:31:06 5,915 posts
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    So how long before we get the press release saying that EA or Activision just signed a 10 year licensing agreement for Star Wars games?

    The Indy point and click games still rank as some of my favourite, shame that tech demo they had a few years back never really turned into a proper Indy game. In fact that about sums up the most recent era of Lucasarts, lots of promise (and promises) but delivered on absolutely nothing.
  • Ged42 3 Apr 2013 19:34:14 7,985 posts
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    Sad to see them go :(

    They taught me everything I needed to know about the afterlife, the Founding Fathers and rubber chickens with pulleys in the middle.
  • FWB 3 Apr 2013 19:37:17 54,422 posts
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    Someone WILL pick up the Star Wars license and do something with it. Easy cash cow. Of course if it is EA it'll be shit.
  • RobTheBuilder 3 Apr 2013 19:51:09 6,976 posts
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    My gaming scores will forever be influenced by Lucasarts.

    I got top score on Puzzle Bobble arcade back in 1996, all the other scores were someone else called Rob. So being a huge fan of Sam and Max I used the name Max, which I still use..!
  • MatMan562 3 Apr 2013 19:56:06 3,425 posts
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    I don't know how big Star Wars was/ is in Japan and I think it's highly unlikely it would happen but I would love a Platinum made lightsabre game. I think that would be incredible!
  • mothercruncher 3 Apr 2013 20:33:50 14,801 posts
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    Next in line for Disney- those pesky Jews and any/all of their commie sympathisers.
  • sanctusmortis 3 Apr 2013 23:31:04 9,914 posts
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    I fully expect this will be followed by Disney selling off IP that isn't attached to a property, ie anything not Star Wars or Indiana Jones.

    Wouldn't be shocked to see Tell Tale buy their adventure IPs.
  • Deleted user 4 April 2013 15:01:38
    Well, something good's come out of it. Jedi Knight 2 and Academy just got opensourced.


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