Disney shuts down LucasArts games division.
Only four months after acquiring the company for $4 billion, Disney has ceased development at the LucasArts game division. A company spokesman says they will still license content but won't make any more games itself at all. The production of all Star Wars: First Assault and the long awaited 1313 has been canceled.
Last month, Disney also cancelled 'The Clone Wars' cartoon network on the Cartoon Network. Employees at LucasArts were notified this morning that the Disney-owned company is discontinuing production and that its games strategy will shift to a licensing model. The decision means that more than 150 employees will be laid off, which follows pink slips in the animation division after the announcement that the TV series Star Wars: Clone Wars would be coming to an end as the company heads in a new TV direction.
While the TV series, cartoons and games have been sidelined, the next Star Wars movie, set for a 2015 release, seems to be on track. J.J.Abrams is directing Episode Seven for theatrical release, and this seems to be more important to those at the Disney camp, than a video game.