Yup, I was not shocked when I heard the news. When the birth of Mickey Mouse acquired the company, I had a feeling a few changes were going to be made. Many of us thought that Disney (who owns Marvel and ABC) buying Lucas Arts was a great idea that could restore the Star Wars franchise. Boy, are we being proven wrong. Clone Wars’ future is in the wind and now we witness the cancellation of Star Wars 1313 and Star Wars First Assault. However, Disney has assured that the aforementioned titles will go to other developers thus keeping the possibility of future Star Wars titles alive. In an official statement, Disney has said,
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.
Basically, Lucas Arts’ games are going the way of THQ’s titles when that company bowed out earlier this year. It’ll be interesting to see how this turns out when we see Star Wars game under a different developer. This is still somewhat good but it still sucks for the 150 people laid off in the process. *Sigh* Guess it’s a matter of time before another company folds like a blind man in a poker tournament.