Disney buys LucasArts: Star Wars video games threatened?

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On October 30th, The Walt Disney Company purchased both Lucasfilm, LucasArts, and therefore gained all the rights to such things as Star Wars for $4 billion. Gamer's concern is over the LucasArts studio, and all of the many games it holds sway – Star Wars: The Old Republic being only one of a large lot.

lucasarts Disney buys LucasArts: Star Wars video games threatened?

On October 30th, The Walt Disney Company purchased both Lucasfilm, LucasArts, and therefore gained all the rights to such things as Star Wars for $4 billion. Gamer's concern is over the LucasArts studio, and all of the many games it holds sway – Star Wars: The Old Republic being only one of a large lot.

“Disney bought all Lucasfilm companies, including LucasArts. For the time being, all projects are business as usual. We are excited about all the possibilities that Disney brings,” Lucasfilm publicist Barbara Gamlen said. In the same press release, it was stated that a new episode of Star Wars is already in production.

This could be good. Or this could be very, very bad.

The way that it could be good is that LucasArts has been slowly whittling away – we've seen some strange things from the studio (not to mention Lucas himself). Things that seem to work against fans, not with them. Calls of rebellion have rung out a few times recently, for new management, new staff, and new ideas. Well, if this doesn't put a fresh turn on the material LucasArts has been producing, nothing will. Some point to the success of The Avengers, and give credit to the company for being honest to the series while producing quality entertainment. Disney has been around for a long time, and doesn't seem to be stopping any time soon. Perhaps they will know what's best for the dying company that is LucasArts.

The way that it can be bad, however… well, the following picture can give you some idea.

 

 Disney buys LucasArts: Star Wars video games threatened?

 

Fans are already starting to cry, weep, and generally pull out their hair in anguish over Disney-styled Star Wars objects. We've seen Micky and Minnie as Luke and Leia (respectively), and we won't even begin to mention poor Goofy in the background dressed as a black-helmed Storm Trooper. Some fans aren't sure what's worse – subjecting Star Wars to Disney themes, or Disney characters to Star Wars themes.

Most importantly, the future of the video games produced by Lucas Arts… and indeed, any forthcoming games in the Star Wars world… are in question. The studio has not mentioned any current removal or cutbacks on the teams, including those that currently handle the video game department.

Fans of the Star Wars (both the movie and video game series) are holding their breath, waiting for the studio to release it's newest content. While Disney has announced it's excitement about the purchase… but, other than saying it would release another film, has not spoken too much of their video game based plans.

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Lucasfilm reflects the extraordinary passion, vision, and storytelling of its founder, George Lucas,” said Robert A. Iger, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Walt Disney Company. “This transaction combines a world-class portfolio of content including Star Wars, one of the greatest family entertainment franchises of all time, with Disney’s unique and unparalleled creativity across multiple platforms, businesses, and markets to generate sustained growth and drive significant long-term value.”

All we can do now is wait, hope, pray, and lovingly grasp our copies of Knights of the Old Republic.

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