Word has blasted from hyperspace today to reveal that Disney, fresh from buying LucasFilm and LucasArts back in the fall, has closed LucasArts Studios effectively lightsabering any current and future projects. Remember that really cool trailer for the gritty crime shooter Star Wars 1313? Now it’s just a Force vision ghost thing like Obi-Wan and Yoda were at the end of Return of the Jedi. Kotaku reports that some 150 people were sent to the unemployment line over the closing but that Disney may still continue to use the LucasArts name to produce games. I do feel the need to remind readers that the last time a LucasArts produced Star Wars game had any kind of success was back with Force: Unleashed. Games like KOTOR and Battlefront were produced by outside developers. Now that mega-corp disney owns everything Star Wars though, I do admit I doubt seeing any kind of new Battlefront game in the future. I’m thinking it is more likely we will see a new Star Wars IP, perhaps a game involving a cartoony Luke Skywalker carrying a magic paintbrush instead of a lightsaber to battle Darth Pluto.
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