Disney to shut down Star Wars games founder LucasArts

Star Wars 1313
Production of the LucasArts video game, 1313 Star Wars, is being halted

The Walt Disney Company is to shut down LucasArts, the games developer responsible for the Star Wars series of games.

The company plans to license the Star Wars games brand to other developers.

However, Star Wars 1313, which has already been developed for demonstration at industry events is expected to be halted.

Disney inherited LucasArts in October last year, when it bought LucasFilm for $4.05 billion (£2.9 billion).

The closure will involve an unknown number of redundancies.

Lucasfilm Ltd. spokesman Miles Perkins said it would now focus on licensing its Star Wars brand externally.

A "small team" will remain to handle licensing partnerships.

"Both current Star Wars games projects have been halted," Mr Perkins confirmed.

Monkey Island
Secret of Monkey Island game creator was several months into cost-cutting review.

The company was founded in May 1982 as the video game development group of Lucasfilm Limited, the film production company by Star Wars creator George Lucas.

The film producer, screenwriter and director wanted his company to branch out into other areas of entertainment, so he cooperated with Atari to produce video games.

Action games Ballblazer and Rescue on Fractalus! were the first results of the collaboration.

Lucasfilm and its interactive games division, is several months into an internal cost-cutting review.

The decision to close LucasArts comes as the developer and publisher, once known for adventure games like Secret of Monkey Island has struggled to produce a hit in an industry currently dominated by action games.

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