Disney closes LucasArts division, Star Wars 1313 now halted
With Disney now owning everything Star Wars when aquiring LucasArts and LucasFilm for Billions of dollars, the third person shooter Star Wars 1313 has his development halted when Disney announced the closing of LucasArts. An end of an era, and a missed opportunity with 1313. Kotaku was informed from a source this afternoon that the chances of Lucas licensing out 1313 are very slim. The odds are "effectively zero," the source 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," LucasArts parent company LucasFilm said in a statement. "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.”
With the studio no more, Star Wars 1313 is pretty much officially cancelled. The third-person shooter that mad its debut in last year's E3 wowed many including myself seeing the Star Wars license in a different light. I loved the idea of having a third-person shooter in the Star Wars universe, but I guess that concept will be forever buried.
Want to see what could have been? Check out the sweet demo shown last E3 below.