Lucas Arts: End of an Era

Lucas Arts: End of an Era. One of the most prominent and successful video game developers, LucasArts, was recently sold to Disney by George Lucas for about 4 billion United States dollars.  A lot of people questioned this move by Disney, since LucasArts has not been a big name in the gaming scene as of late, and has not released a decent video game title in quite some time. The last great title they released was Grim Fandango in 1998. Many of the newer games you might associate with LucasArts, such as Knights of the Old Republic, the LEGO Star Wars game, Travelers’ Tales, and Monkey Island are all developed by other companies, and come with their software.  For a lot of people, LucasArts carries a sort of nostalgia, but many will agree that they have long since lost their creative spark for making great games.

After looking over the books, Disney decided that keeping LucasArts the same was not profitable enough for them.   Disney recently stated in a press release that; “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.”  Because of this, Disney has laid off over 150 employees on LucasArts staff, signaling the end of our beloved LucasArts. Do you think Disney is going to leave the developing and production of the game to other private companies to contract and develop the Star Wars franchise?