I honestly thought it was an April Fools joke.
But no, it’s real. Disney has shut down Lucas Arts as a game publisher, and canceled high profile projects like Star Wars: First Assault, and the heavily anticipated Star Wars: 1313.
My initial reaction is to torch them – which I’ll do briefly by saying WHAT THE HELL, 1313 was looking amazing, and if they were going to “right the ship,” I thought that would involve, you know, actually righting the ship, rather than just cancelling projects on what seems like (but almost certainly isn’t) a gut reaction.
But then I thought about it, and I realized…Kinect Star Wars. *shudders*
Seriously though, what has Lucas Arts done lately? Their games have been totally lackluster, whenever they get around to actually release them. Their development woes, internal struggle, and failure to produce work have been well documented as of late. Is it disappointing that gamers probably will never see these titles or catch these unique glimpses into the Star Wars universe? Definitely. More sad is the fact that the developer of some of my most beloved titles is dead. But they’re not what they used to be – which I think is clear to most fans now – and a decision was made based on the present and the future, not the past. It’s sort of hard to fault Disney for that.
This won’t stop fans from lambasting Disney and calling it the new EA (aka one of the most hated companies on the planet), but let’s stop for a second and consider how well Disney has handled its other properties, including Marvel. Before we get out the pitchforks, let’s see how their plan plays out. Recent cancellations of The Clone Wars, and now the dissolving of Lucas Arts, don’t initially bode well, but I’m willing to see what happens down the road. Allegedly, there’s a Clone Wars follow up in the works, including arches not yet explored in the series, and development that director David Filoni is very enthusiastic about.
Time will tell, but let’s hold off on the anger, at least before we know more.
5 thoughts on “Disney shuts down Lucas Arts, Cancels Star Wars: 1313”
Last good LucasArts game…X-wing vs. TIE fighter.
Haha, I wouldn’t go that far – remember the Rogue Squadron series? So good. But yeah, your point is well taken. They’re not who they used to be.
Yeah, I agree it’s usually a good idea to withhold anger until we find out how changes are going to pan out. I am just incredibly devastated that Star Wars 1313 may be gone for good, as I was really looking forward to it. It’s always sad to see promising projects get canceled, whether it’s a game or TV show or anything else. But we’ll see what Disney can accomplish in the future. I’m trying my best to reserve judgment for now…
I totally agree – my rational mind is telling myself to just wait until we see how it develops, but my gut reaction is frustration that such cool projects are getting canceled, especially when they are somewhat in development. It’s not like 1313 was just pitched at a meeting – they actually had a trailer and gameplay. But yeah, I guess we’ll see how it all pans out.