Disney Stops Making Star Wars Games

by Nate Wooley | April 4, 2013 8:55 am

StarWars 185 Disney Stops Making Star Wars Games[1]Disney (NYSE:DIS[2]) has shut down video game studio LucasArts and laid off 200 people.

The video game developer — which Disney acquired along with the rest of George Lucas’ empire — was informed of the decision on Wednesday, the Wall Street Journal reports[3].

As a part of the move, Disney will no longer be developing any Star Wars-themed video games. Instead, it will pursue a business model that licenses out the properties for development by other studios. The two Star Wars games in development — Star Wars: 1313 and Star Wars: First Assault — were both shelved and will not be released unless another studio steps up to purchase the development rights.

Closing the development studio is part of a long-term plan for Disney to deal with flagging video game sales. Disney has closed several of its game producers recently and concentrated its efforts in developing Disney Infinity, a project that will combine many Disney characters into one game.

Founded in 1982, LucasArts was considered a top studio for a time. It was responsible for making the hit games Monkey Island and Maniac Mansion.

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Endnotes:
  1. [Image]: http://investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/StarWars_185.jpg
  2. DIS: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=DIS
  3. the Wall Street Journal reports: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323916304578400962825215302.html
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