It’s a sad day for those of us who grew up playing games like Day of the Tentacle, Full Throttle, X-Wing vs. Tie Fighter and Star Wars: Jedi Knight. Disney has announced that it’s closing LucasArts as a game development company in favor of licensing their titles out to others.
The statement from LucasArts reads:
“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.”
Development on planned projects such as the action title Star Wars 1313 has been “halted.”
Founded in 1982, LucasArts has a rich history in the video game industry thanks to both Star Wars and its incredible adventure games for the PC, including The Secret of Monkey Island, Maniac Mansion and Grim Fandango.