Star Wars company hires experienced industry exec, reports claim, following turbulent yearFrederic Markus, the director of game design at Disney Interactive Studios, is said to have left the company in favour of a top job at LucasArts.
Markus, according to news site IndustryGamers, has been appointed as LucasArts’ new studio creative director.
He leaves Disney Interactive in a state of flux. The firm recently underwent a division-wide layoff operation that is said had affected some 200 staff.
The Mickey Mouse media conglomerate recently closed Tron developer Propaganda Games – a studio with enough staff to work on two projects simultaneously. There have also been reports of layoffs at Epic Mickey developer Junction Point.
Those drastic measures followed Disney Interactive reporting a $234 million loss between July and September last year. This was despite revenues climbing to $762 million – an indication of the magnitude of investment Disney put into games.
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