Picking away at the last scraps of the old era, Disney shuttered LucasArts this morning, laying off around 150 people from the studio, effectively killing the highly anticipated Star Wars games titled 1313 and First Assault.
The LucasArts name will continue to be used to license games by Disney, but the house that made classics like Dark Forces, X-Wing, Sam & Max, Grim Fandango, Full Throttle, and The Secret of Monkey Island, is no longer in the business of making games. Sure, they haven’t had a solid hit in a number of years (the last, Star Wars Kinect for the Xbox 360, was critically panned), but it’s always sad when one devoted member of an iconic team loses their job, much less 150 of them.
However, we can be sure that there will be a future for Star Wars games in one form or another, especially with the new films on the horizon. We were just really looking forward to Star Wars 1313 after the sneak peek we got last year at E3. There is a chance it could be brought back from the dead through a licensing deal between Disney and another developer, but for the moment, hopes are not high.