Today marks the end of an era in gaming, as Disney has shut down LucasArts. The venerable studio, which first opened in 1982, is responsible for not only the Star Wars games, but also such classics as Monkey Island, Grim Fandango, and Day of the Tentacle.
LucasArts will no longer be developing games internally, instead switching to a licensing model. The studio’s current projects, however, including Star Wars: First Assault and the promising Star Wars 1313 have been canceled, with “essentially zero” hope of them being licensed out to other developers.
The company was sold to Disney as part of the merger between Disney and Lucasfilm last year. Since then, the developer’s future has been on the ropes, with freezes on hiring and announcements of new products in recent months.
Losing such an iconic game studio is always difficult, but even moreso for the people directly involved, who are no longer employed and must find new work. Our thoughts go out to all of those people affected and we hope they find new studios to put their talents to use.
Source: Game Informer