Is Disney Reviving the Lucasfilm Games Division?
UPDATE: A Lucasfilm rep followed up with us today. They said that Lucasfilm’s licensed games business and their relationship with EA remains strong, and the team will focus on Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order for the time being, which launches this fall for consoles and PC.
ORIGINAL STORY: Although Disney’s acquisition of the Star Wars franchise from George Lucas was huge back in 2013, it wasn’t without setbacks. A big one for some was the closure of LucasArts, a label known for producing top-tier Star Wars games, along with inspired original titles. However, it looks like Disney is primed to bring that era back in style.
A report from PCGamesN suggests that the company will revisit some old-school gaming goodness with a new division, Lucasfilm Games. This comes from job listings located on the Disney Careers site. The company is looking to fill a number of positions, from producers to artists and other creative roles. Based on the job listing, Lucasfilm Games will focus on a number of “interactive products.” These include games in the Star Wars brand, along with other Lucasfilm IP. Though no consoles are mentioned by names, the games will be available for “all digital platforms.” This is likely to include consoles and PC, and perhaps even mobile.
One of these listings points out that the team seeks “experience and knowledge of best practices in the game industry.” It sounds like Disney is ready to re-enter the game market with this new venture. It’ll be the first time it’s done so directly since the failure of the Disney Infinity toy line-up, which closed up shop back in 2016. The company has not officially announced any Lucasfilm Games details at the moment. However, it could do so at Star Wars Celebration, E3, or even Disney’s own D23 Expo.
Lucasfilm Games offers up a lot of potential classic games that could come back. It’s a good opportunity to see favorites like Monkey Island and Maniac Mansion get updated versions, remakes, or sequels. Additionally, obscure titles like Zac McCracken and Loom may also be possible. Double Fine previously re-released LucasArts’ beloved Grim Fandango, Day of the Tentacle, and Full Throttle, which received rave reviews from fans.
As far as Star Wars goes, Electronic Arts still has control of its game license. However, Disney could easily bring back older titles like X-Wing or TIE Fighter with EA on board. For that matter, Indiana Jones games are long overdue for new titles. We’ll have to wait for an official announcement to see just what Disney has in store.
What classics do you want to see return as part of Lucasfilm Games? Let us know in the comments below!