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Apr 04, 2013, 09.55 AM IST | Source: Tech2.com

Disney shuts down LucasArts game studios

Disney has shut down the game development studios under LucasArts. According to Kotaku, around 150 people have been laid off and both of LucasArts

Disney has shut down the game development studios under LucasArts. According to Kotaku, around 150 people have been laid off and both of LucasArts’ current projects – Star Wars: First Assault and Star Wars 1313 – have been cancelled. While the studio is essentially dead, Disney will still be using the LucasArts name to license its IP to other publishers and developers.“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," LucasArts parent company LucasFilm said 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.”While it is sad news considering the history of the studio, it is worth noting that for the last few years, LucasArts has been pumping out nothing but Star Wars games, and it hasn't been that great for the company. The company being shut down comes as no surprise, considering the fact that two of the best Star Wars games have been developed by outside studios, namely Pandemic and BioWare.

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