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Disney deal may be bad for Lucasarts


LucasArts, the video game developing subsidiary of Lucasfilm, was also part of the acquisition alongside Industrial Light & Magic and Skywalker Sound. However, there does not appear to be any present plans to reshuffle the employees at this time:
“Disney will also acquire the substantial portfolio of cutting-edge entertainment technologies that have kept audiences enthralled for many years. Lucasfilm, headquartered in San Francisco, operates under the names Lucasfilm Ltd., LucasArts, Industrial Light & Magic, and Skywalker Sound, and the present intent is for Lucasfilm employees to remain in their current locations.”
Likewise, a LucasArts representative told Polygon that “for the time being all projects are business as usual. We are excited about all the possibilities that Disney brings,” but Disney CEO Robert Iger also noted that console development by LucasArts may halt in the future, saying the following:
“We’re likely to focus more on social and mobile than we are on console. We’ll look opportunistically at console, most likely in licensing rather than publishing, but we think that given the nature of these characters and how well known they are, and the storytelling, that they lend themselves quite nicely, as they’ve already demonstrated to the other platforms.”
It should be noted that Disney has closed two studios in the past 2 years, including that of Propaganda Games (Turokand Tron: Evolution) and Black Rock Studios (Pure and Split Second). However, Disney is also working behind the scenes on a gaming initiative codenamed “Toy Box”



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