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Disney closes game publisher LucasArts with layoffs

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After being under the reign of the owners of the happiest place on Earth, things aren’t looking so happy for game publisher LucasArts. Barely 6 months after acquiring the company, Disney announced the closure of LucasArts today with “layoffs across the organization”, according to an official statement released by Disney to GameInformer. LucasArts was obtained as part of the purchase of Lucasfilm Ltd back in October 2012 for a sum of $4 billion.

Disney mentioned that a shift “from an internal development to a licensing model” to minimize risk was the reason behind the axing of the company. LucasArts, best known as the game company behind various Star Wars video games, opened its doors in 1982. However, the company has lost steam in recent years with several flopped titles and shuffling in management as various staff members were laid off or simply left.

Recently at E3 2012, LucasArts announced a new game called Star Wars 1313. The third person action and adventure title was supposedly due this year, but naturally, there is now a state of uncertainty about the fate of Star Wars 1313 after today’s announcement by parent company Disney.

Games Per Second will bring you more news on this developing story as it breaks.

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