Well that didn’t take long, did it? Less than six months after purchasing the Lucasfilm entertainment empire, Disney has taken the axe to the games development wing of the business. An anonymous LucasArts source has informed Kotaku that the studio’s Star Wars: 1313 and Star Wars: First Assault titles are “effectively dead”. According to the same source, about 150 staff members have lost their jobs.
As reported by Develop, Disney has released a statement confirming “layoffs across the organisation”. It also indicated that it will “shift LucasArts from “internal development” to “a licensing model”, in the process “minimising the company’s risk while achieving a broader portfolio of quality Star Wars games”. According to a Disney statement to Game Informer, the studio’s incomplete projects could be placed with another developer, though according to Kotaku’s source, this avenue has already been explored without success.
After 30 years of in-house development, it appears that the company responsible for everything from The Secret of Monkey Island to Star Wars: The Force Unleashed will soon exist in name only.