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Disney unplugs LucasArts to “minimize risks”

LucasArts is done, and by done we mean Disney has essentially unplugged the workstations and locked up the front door to the studio.

The video games market is certainly not what it was a decade ago, and Disney feels like it is time to steer LucasArts away from the “risks” to “achieve a broader portfolio of quality Star Wars games.”  What this means for the Star Wars game franchise is up for debate, but what we do know is that Mickey and his pals have already given the pink slip to many developers in the Old Republic.

Disney had this to say in its official press release:

“After evaluating our position in the games market, we’ve decided to shift LucasArts from an internal development to a licensing model, minimizing the company’s risk while achieving a broader portfolio of quality Star Wars games. As a result of this change, we’ve had layoffs across the organization. We are incredibly appreciative and proud of the talented teams who have been developing our new titles.”

This is a developing story, and we’ll update as more information rolls in.

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