Once upon a time we actually had some decent Star Wars games, and it was all thanks to Lucasfilm Games and its successor, LucasArts, which closed its doors in 2013 (RIP).
If the names aren’t too familiar to you, you *might* have played a little game called Knights of the Old Republic as a kid. Ringing any bells? Yeah, that gem came courtesy of LucasArts, and we’ve not had another Star Wars game like it since.
In some very surprising news, it seems as though Disney – who now owns the Star Wars IP – is looking to revive to Lucasfilm Games. PCGamesN discovered job listings on the Disney Careers site, and it looks like The House of Mouse is cooking up something verrrry interesting.
The website is advertising no less than “86 ‘LUCASFILM GAMES’ JOBS,” including producers, animation engineers, creative assistants and legal help.
The mystery deepens over on Linkedin, where Disney is also looking for Lucasfilm Games designers.
Lucasfilm Games is a thing again? pic.twitter.com/CBjzwIPLpJ
— Ashley Day (@jellyscare) October 18, 2017
It’s a difficult time for Star Wars games right now. EA currently has the rights to them, but people aren’t exactly thrilled with EA’s handling of the beloved IP.
From the disasters that were Battlefront 1 and 2 to the recent cancellation of the highly-anticipated narrative-driven Star Wars project, people really aren’t pleased with EA.
People have been calling for EA to be stripped of its rights to the franchise. Could the revival of Lucasfilm Games be related to the players’ outcry?
Disney tomorrow: we are satisfied with our partnership with electronic arts. They will continue to make innovative star wars experiences.
Disney at the end of the year: We are pulling the star wars license from EA and shifting development to #lucasfilmgames
— Waste of Neurons (@STR_TN) March 20, 2019
Also, this isn’t that surprising given EA has severely mishandled the Star Wars license. They may still have that license for now, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see Disney bring it back in-house.
— S.M. Pollard (@SM_Pollard) March 20, 2019
Featured Image Credit: LucasArts