Disney has shut down LucasArts and cancelled both of the studio’s current projects – Star Wars 1313 and Star Wars: First Assault.
The closure means 150 people have been laid off, and the LucasArts brand will now only focus on licensing rather than development. It is also unclear what will become of the two games.
According to a Kotaku source it’s unlikely that Disney will license the titles to a different publisher or developer.
In a statement issued by LucasArts parent company LucasFilm:
“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.”
For some fans, the purchase of LucasFilm and LucasArts by Disney last year had been seen as the beginning of the end of an era for the Star Wars Universe. This might we be the fuel to that fire. Or simply a time of restructuring.