We all knew it was going to happen, but that doesn’t make it any less sad. LucasArts, one of the most beloved video games companies of all time has been shut down by Disney. Interestingly, LucasArts was behind the promising looking Star Wars 1313 game, which according to recent reports, appears to have been cancelled. This is Disney’s official statement:
“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. 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.”
Although LucasArts will probably be remembered for all the Star Wars games, whenever I think of the publisher, the very first thing that comes to mind are all those classic adventure games. In fact, this blog wouldn’t exist if it wasn’t for LucasArts. For instance, if you go to the very last page of this site, you’ll see that the first articles I posted were reviews about LucasArts adventure games.
Maniac Mansion, The Secret of Monkey Island, Sam & Max and Day of the Tentacle are all titles that will always be close to my heart. So long LucasArts! I’ll definitely think of you whenever I use a portable toilet. Maybe if I use one of those, I could travel back in time to play all of your fantastic adventures for the first time again.