Post by KostaAndreadis @ 01:06pm 12/01/21 | 2 Comments
Before it was LucasArts and release a string of classic adventure games (from Monkey Island to Sam & Max) and Star Wars titles (Dark Forces, TIE Fighter, and so on) the studio was known as Lucasfilm Games. Today comes word that the studio is back, where it will be "the official identity for all gaming titles from Lucasfilm".
For those wondering how this affects the EA deal, well the announcement notes that is will collaborate "with the finest studios across the industry" for all future Star Wars (and maybe Indiana Jones?) games.
As per the sizzle reel below, this seems to be more of a rebranding that return of a LucasArts-style internal development studio -- with the trailer focusing on the recent EA-led history of Star Wars games.
Still, this is very cool news as Lucasfilm Games was originally founded in 1983 where it would go on to become one of the most recognised names in game development for the fact that it couldn't actually work on Star Wars games... that licensing deal was already in place with Atari. Because, you know, the 1980s man. Good news was that this led to the creation of games like Maniac Mansion and fostered a culture of original titles all the way up to Grim Fandango and others.
It'll be interesting to see if the EA and Disney deal is extended beyond 2023 (it's 10-year lifespan began in 2013) and Lucasfilm Games opens up the vault to pitches from other studios. Maybe this could lead to Monkey Island 3 from Ron Gilbert.