Disney has announced that Lucasarts, makers of such games as X-Wing, TIE Fighter, Grim Fandango, Secret of Monkey Island and Sam & Max, has been disbanded and the employees laid off. You might notice something about those game titles – they’re all very old. This is because Lucasarts hasn’t directly produced many hits in the last decade. Most of their recent successes were from outside studios licenses by Lucasarts, but not the studio themselves.
One casualty of this, unfortunately, is Star Wars 1313, which looked to be a pretty damn good game. It’s been scrapped along with all other current Lucasarts projects.
All is not lost, however, as this may mean that Disney will license the properties to other developers. It’s actually MORE likely now to see some of the classic Lucasarts games rebooted. Additionally, it’s highly unlikely there won’t be more Star Wars games, and quite honestly, Lucasarts has sat on some properties, like the X-Wing and TIE Fighter space combat sims, for FAR too long.
It’s never good to see people lose their jobs, but perhaps something good will come of this.