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Is LucasArts Games Coming Back? Not Really

Posted on March 21, 2019 by Nick Moreno

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For the real ones who remember back in 2013 following the acquisition of the Star Wars license purchased by Disney, shortly after the transaction the entertainment then closed LucasArts Games. Most primarily known from crafting some of the more memorable Star Wars titles such as Star Wars: The Force Unleashed and Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy.

More notably, the latest project the studio was working on prior to the studio’s closure was the highly anticipated Star Wars 1313. Fans discovering the developer shutting down left them disappointed to never getting their hands on the cancelled title. Following the year after with Disney handing over the license to Electronic Arts which produced Star Wars Battlefront.

Pushing forward to more recently, reports surfaced that the shutdown studio might be receiving its redemption as Disney currently has jobs listed to “build the next great set of Star Wars and Lucasfilm heritage products”.

According to PCGamer, it’s implied that the reasons behind the positions is due to the poor launch of the most recent Battlefront title and Disney made the decision to get more involved with their license. Or simply to remaster some of the more beloved titles from generations prior. The outlet sharing that Lucasfilm Games have been looking for designers for a new title since 2017.

Following this news, many other outlets jumped on the report of the previous license holder for publishing Star Wars titles will be making a comeback. Kotaku’s Jason Schreier shared that this is in fact “fake news”, and that Lucasfilm Games is an internal studio that works alongside EA for recent and upcoming Star Wars titles.

In result from the debunking of the recent report, Lucasfilm Games shed some light on the matter with PCGamer that the studio was founded shortly after the closure of LucasArts Games and works primarily with third-party developers using the license, repeating what Schreier stated before in an update on the article.

Which seems to be more reasonable following the clarification as Disney recently shared in their annual financial report to be satisfied with Electronic Arts usage of the Star Wars license.

The next title set to be revealed based on George Lucas’ film franchise is Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order from Apex Legends developer Respawn Entertainment. With not much information on the game since it’s reveal going back to 2016, this might be the break fans have been eager to experience since the latest Battlefront titles have failed to do with the game’s official reveal next month.

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