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LucasArts Insists It Is Still Committed To Original Stories

Mary Bihr, LucasArts' vice president of global publishing, has defended the company's commitment to original creations by telling Gamasutra that it is "not opposed" to looking in new directions.

The LucasArts E3 selection was a little lopsided in the ideas department this year, showcasing Star Wars: The Force Unleashed 2, the BioWare-developed MMO Star Wars: The Old Republic and, of course, the as-yet-unnamed Star Wars game for Kinect that was debuted as a tech demo. A special edition of Monkey Island 2 was also shown, but (although welcome) this is a remake of a game that is almost two decades old.

"We're a company that is always looking for innovations" Bihr claimed, before referring to "the technology we're using in The Force Unleashed 2" as an example. While that technology may be impressive, it is still powering a long-standing, traditional franchise.

Bihr did, however, offer a little hope for those waiting for new creations from LucasArts. "We see ourselves as continuing a longstanding tradition we've had of being storytellers" she said, "Both original stories and original franchises."


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