LucasArts is to close after its new parent company Disney moves to a licensing model for its videogame output. Game Informer has been sent an official confirmation of the news, which reads:
“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.”
Kotaku has also suggested that Star Wars titles 1313 and First Assault have been canned as part of the move. Rumours have been swirling around LucasArts’ possible closure since it was acquired by Disney last year. In announcing the deal, Disney CEO Bob Iger said that the entertainment giant was “likely to focus more on social and mobile than we are on console.” Disney has previously closed Propaganda Games and Black Rock as part of its move away from console games development.