Lucasfilm Games, later renamed LucasArts, is making a comeback thanks to its new parent company, The Walt Disney Company. LucasArts ceased operations on April 3rd, 2016, after Disney stopped internal production and laid off staff in years prior. Many fans of Lucasfilm Games are jumping for joy after several job listings were posted for the studio. What does this mean for the future of the studio? Is EA no longer going to hold the candle that is Star Wars video games?
Of the job postings for Lucasfilm Games, most were for producers and marketers to handle the different Lucasfilm properties. This would include games like Indiana Jones, The Secret of Monkey Island, as well as the popular Star Wars games. A complete list of games from Lucasfilm Games can be found here. The descriptions on the job listings don’t discuss any upcoming projects, but simply state that their roles would focus on these properties. As for EA, they still hold the rights to produce Star Wars games until 2023.
Disney later reached out to media and explained that Lucasfilm Games will continue to work as it has in the past, licensing out properties to third-party development teams. According to the correction given to the press, the team will mainly be focusing on “the Parks, Experiences and Products” instead of actual video game production. As of right now, the studio has no interest in releasing any titles, nor building a team to do so. Their main focus appears to be handling the upcoming Star Wars themed park location, Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge.
However, with EA having held the rights to Star Wars video games for the past six years, only to release two Battlefront games and cancel several other titles, fans are hoping dearly that this could mean the end to EA’s hold on Star Wars games. Whether that means Lucasfilm Games producing content, or another third party developers, no one wants another Star Wars: Battlefront II trainwreck.