I’ve been relatively quiet about the entire Disney/LucasFilm debacle as it’s gone down between time commitments and personal issues. However, this latest news is something that is so bizarrely awful, it hurts. LucasArts, the studio that brought us both fantastic and not-so-fantastic games, has been shut down according to a reliable Kotaku source. The future of the currently in-development game Star Wars: 1313 and the rumored Star Wars: First Contact is unknown.
Polygon reached out to LucasArts for comment and was told that the shift to a licensing model means LucasArts will no longer be developing games internally. Instead, the studio will be handing game development to third party developers. The studio confirmed that LucasArts will no longer be handling the development of Star Wars 1313, and it is exploring other avenues to release the game, although the future of 1313 and other Star Wars titles is currently uncertain.
It should be noted that the extremely popular KOTOR series was not solely developed in-house as BioWare, developer of Mass Effect and Dragon Age, was involved. However, the fact that 1313 isn’t for sure going to be developed is concerning for fans who wanted to see an M-rated game to come out of the Star Wars franchise for once. It’s also concerned because if it were to change houses, nobody truly knows if the game will stay the same since the people developing the game will most likely not be the same.
This hurts. This hurts a lot.