And the crap continues to roll downhill.
Today comes the news that LucasArts is being shuttered, reduced to basically a brand name, a move I’d predicted would happen. Unlike “The Clone Wars,” which was a success, LucasArts has had a turbulent past 10 years or so. It has had a revolving door of honchos and staff and it hasn’t developed a big hit game since “The Force Unleashed.” Most of the recent hit Star Wars games were developed elsewhere. There were high hopes for “1313″ but that my friends, along with “Detours” and the 3D re-releases, has been dumped in the trash bin of history. It was a troubled part of Lucasfilm and it’s not shocking or surprising that Disney would give it the hook. Besides that, I recall reading a while ago on The Bearded Trio that Disney has a penchant for eliminating gaming divisions of companies it acquires.
That said, LucasArts was a valued part of the Lucasfilm and Star Wars family and for its 1990s offerings, a legend to a generation of gamers. It’s really a shame.
Thanks to LucasArts and Lucasfilm Animation being dismantled, there were ripple layoffs today as well at ILM. Hundreds of people lost their jobs just like that today. And I doubt this is the end of “restructuring” at Lucasfilm. I joked today on my FB page that I hope nobody planning to attend Celebration Europe II bought non-refundable tickets or pre-paid for hotel rooms.
Dear Disney: if you’re trying to get Star Wars fans to trust you and get hyped for new movies, you’re doing it wrong.