Star Wars fans have had a lot things to rejoice about as of late. Here comes the bitter after so much sweet. It appears Disney has laid off LucasArts employees and shut down the division that develops the company's video games. This means games that were in the works like Star Wars 1313 and Star Wars: First Assault are as good as gone.
Lucasfilm had this to say:
“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.”
Though we here at Mania are sad to see LucasArts close, the last games to really have any punch were developed externally. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic and Star Wars: Battlefront (by BioWare and Pandemic Studios). The last games to emerge from LucasArts were Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, its sequel, and Kinect Star Wars. We’d be lying if we said those last two were our all time favorite Star Wars games. On the flip side we were looking forward to Star Wars 1313, so there was still hope for that property in our eyes.
What do you think Maniacs? Is this for the best?