LucasArts closing its doors after over 30 years

In 1982, Star Wars owners LucasFilm, under its leader George Lucas, launched LucasArts as a way to branch out in the then new video game industry. Today, a long and acclaimed history has come to an end with the announcement that LucasArts will close its doors after over 30 years.

Game Informer reports that, according to a statement from LucasFilm's new owners Disney:

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. As a result of this change, we've had layoffs across the organization. We are incredibly appreciative and proud of the talented teams who have been developing our new titles.

The closing of LucasArts is estimated to impact 150 of its employees today. The team was working on a new Star Wars game, Star Wars 1313, that was first shown at E3 2012. However, a statement from a LucasArts rep seemed to suggest that the game could live on and be finished by another developer.

LucasArts both developed its own games, many of them Star Wars titles, and also published games that were developed by third party teams. While it released a ton of Star Wars-themed games over the past three decades, many  PC gamers believe the best LucasArts titles were its original adventure games such as Day of the Tentacle, Full Throttle and Grim Fandango, to name just a few.

Source: Game Informer | Image via Disney

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Another reason that I do not have much to do with Disney anymore . From a company that I have watch and seen for many many years to one that I have just about walked away from completely . It's a shame as I see it.
Maybe someone or some company will pick up the studio and make it a great company again !

awww... I miss the talkies. Indiana Jones & Fate of Atlantis, Escape from Monkey Island etc. But they are past their prime. Everyone has to leave someday

Can someone please explain to me how a great company like this can disappear, and yet meanwhile there are some of the crappiest, unimaginative, expensive games being shoved down our throats these days???

Very sad...I have fond memories of LucasArt's adventure games back in my Amiga days. Their logo was always a symbol of great quality, and built a pleasant sense of anticipation while the game loaded.

In other news... Raven and Activision have released the entire full source code tree for Jedi Outcast and Jedi Academy under GPLv2.

Sad to see yet another classic gaming company close it's doors.
Fond memories from LucasArts... time to rip out my golden-oldie collection again and give tribute!!

man that's a real shame. Lots of fond memories playing Dark forces and Dark forces II and more recent LA products, RIP old friends

Day of the Tentacle needs to be redrawn and re-released in HD like Monkey Island and Ducktales, omg that would be awesome. But I guess not likely to happen now.