Disney closes LucasArts, cancels current projects

Disney has shut down LucasArts and canceled all current projects, as part of a move toward licensing out the Star Wars brand to other publishers. This would impact Star Wars 1313 and Star Wars: First Assault.

Kotaku reports that approximately 150 people were laid off. Meanwhile, GameInformer has published the statement from LucasArts:

"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 aligns with a recent rumor that Star Wars 1313 had been put on hold after the Disney acquisition. This story is developing, and Shacknews will update with more information as it becomes available.