Walt Disney to Shutter LucasArts3 Apr, 2013 By: Erik Gruenwedel
The Walt Disney Co. plans to close LucasArts, the 30-year-old video game publishing unit of Lucasfilm and creator of the Star Wars 1313 game.
Disney assumed control of LucasArts last year with the $4 billion acquisition of LucasFilms from George Lucas.
"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," Disney said in a statement.
Founded in 1982, LucasArts has development facilities in San Francisco and Singapore. It was not immediately known how many employees would be affected, in addition to the status of CEO Paul Meegan.
LucasArts’ Star Wars-themed games included Rebel Assault, Super Star Wars and Rogue Squadron, in addition to adventure games Maniac Mansion, The Secret of Monkey Island and Grim Fandango.
Disney will also reportedly transfer marketing of the “Stars Wars” franchise externally, according to Reuters, which cited a source familiar with the situation.