The Walt Disney Company is to purchase Lucasfilm in a US $4.05b transaction that includes ownership of the LucasArts game development business.
Director George Lucas formed LucasArts in 1982 and titles such as Maniac Mansion, The Secret of Monkey Island and Grim Fandango (pictured above) saw the studio hailed as a champion of the adventure game genre.
In more recent years, LucasArts has relied primarily on its most iconic film licence. The studio’s current project, for example, is Star Wars: 1313, a third person shooter set in the criminal underworld of the popular sci-fi universe.
Given that Disney already has a games development division of its own, it will be interesting to see if LucasArts is retained as a separate entity. A Disney representative told Game Informer that all of the studio’s existing projects will proceed for “the time being”.
Of course, the most widely publicised component of the Disney announcement is the revelation that a new Star Wars film is in the works for 2015. While series visionary Lucas will serve as a creative consultant on the project, it will be written and directed by a new generation of filmmakers.
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