This is that time of year where, after revisiting their first quarter reports, many companies decide to “restructure” their makeup, much in the same way a victim of a zombie bite tries to “restructure” by severing the afflicted limb outright.
To that end, Disney has shut down LucasArts, the publishing house responsible for Star Wars game production, as well as seminal classics like Maniac Mansion and Day of the Tentacle. From Game Informer:
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.
Sad news, as always, but there’s a silver lining for gamers. Now that other studios are free to create Star Wars games and have them licensed by Disney, we may see a marked jump in quality in future Star Wars games. A Japanese-developed Star Wars title? It could happen. Heck, we could see Capcom take on Indiana Jones, for all we know.
Endless possibilities in the light of some tragic layoff news. That’s pretty much the game industry in the nuttiest of shells.