Just months after buying LucasFilm, Disney announced Wednesday it was shutting down LucasArts and possibly laying off an estimated 150 people, according to reports.
In an official statement, LucasFilm executives said it was shifting from building video games to licensing out the Star Wars names to other developers.
“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,” the statement read. “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.”
The announcement ended months in limbo for the LucasArts staff. In September, the company put a freeze on all hiring and all future product announcements.
The decision included shutting down Star Wars: First Assault and the much-anticipated development of Star Wars 1313.
Disney bought LucasFilm from Star Wars creator George Lucas for $4 billion on 2012.
LucasArts was founded by Lucas in 1982, according to its website. Notable games the company created include Maniac Mansion, the Secret of Monkey Island, Grim Fandango and X-Wing.
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