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Post by Dan @ 07:10am 04/04/13 | 13 Comments
LucasArts' long and storied history as a videogame developer has come to a close, as the studio's new parent company Disney --that acquired it as part of its $4 Billion Star Wars purchase earlier this year-- moves to switch its games publishing strategy over to a licensing-only model (thanks creepy).

A statement received by Game Informer confirms that internal development staff have been let go, a number Kotaku is reporting as 150 people.
"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."
LucasArts was acclaimed for a number classic games of the 90s such as Maniac Mansion, Grim Fandango, and Monkey Island, but its output over the last decade had been largely overshadowed by those developed by third party licenses.

The future is uncertain for Star Wars 1313, and Star Wars: First Assault, the two titles known to have been in production at the firm, however, LucasArts will still be functioning as a publisher, and it is possible that an external studio could be commissioned to see either to completion.

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Posted 10:58am 04/4/13
Pour one out for Zak McKracken

Its the end of an era when the LucasArts brand no longer carries any weight and gets shuttered, but all the cool kids had left long ago.

I'm sure Double Fine and Telltale have their best years ahead of them.
Posted 11:37am 04/4/13
I remember buying an adventure pack back in the day with: Day of the Tentacle, Indiana Jones Fate of Atlantis, Sam and Max, something else, perhaps Monkey Island 2? It was all types of awesome.
Posted 05:08pm 04/4/13
boo hoo

lucasarts is not the same company that made all those great adventure games, the s*** they were churning out could hardly be missed.
Nerf Lord
Posted 06:10pm 04/4/13
Raven has released the source code for Jedi Outcast and Jedi Academy as 'tribute'.
Posted 06:48pm 04/4/13
The SNES StarWars games were pretty sweet, they were the only LucasArts games I can recall playing.
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