Disney Acquires LucasFilm for $4B, Including LucasArts - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 31 October 2012 / 6,231 Views

In what is surely the biggest entertainment news of the year, Disney has announced they have purchased LucasFilm Ltd. from George Lucas for $4.05 billion. The deal includes the video game publisher LucasArts, as well as everything LucasFilm owns. This includes the rights to the Star Wars franchise, Industrial Light & Magic, Skywalker Sound, and the rights to Indiana Jones franchise. Also announced was a new Star Wars trilogy, starting with Episode 7 coming out in 2015.

"For the past 35 years, one of my greatest pleasures has been to see Star Wars passed from one generation to the next," George Lucas said in the announcement. "It's now time for me to pass Star Wars on to a new generation of filmmakers. I've always believed that Star Wars could live beyond me, and I thought it was important to set up the transition during my lifetime."

"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, business, and markets to generate sustained growth and drive significant long-term value," Disney CEO Robert Iger said in a statement.

Disney has for a while now been shrinking its interactive division to mainly just a social gaming company. While LucasArts is currently focusing on Star Wars 1313. The game is a much darker take on the Star Wars universe, in which players take control of a bounty hunter exploring the Coruscant underworld.

Disney CEO did say the following about LucasArts: "We're likely to focus more on social and mobile than we are on console. We'll look opportunistically at console, most likely in licensing rather than publishing, but we think that given the nature of these characters and how well known they are, and the storytelling, that they lend themselves quite nicely, as they've already demonstrated to the other platforms."

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Jicale (on 31 October 2012)

Hopefully Disney will give us battlefront 3.

Ganoncrotch (on 01 November 2012)

This just Made Princess Leia a disney princess.... Has anyone seen what Carrie fisher looks like today? :D she definitely aint a little mermaid although she drinks about as much as her.

fordy (on 31 October 2012)

What if they revived the point-n-click genre that LucasArts was famous for, and on top of LucasArts' frachises (Maniac Mansion, Monkey Island, Full Throttle etc), they could make ones based off of Disney, Pixar or Marvel IP!

Ledreppe (on 31 October 2012)

I'm glad George Lucas will still have some creative input in the new films, even though I didn't like everything he did in episodes 1-3. I'm also glad Lucasarts are staying intact (although this may change later on), hopefully Disney can have some positive influence with new Star Wars games and continuation of older titles.

Slimebeast (on 31 October 2012)

Star Wars 1313 being a "darker take" on the Star Wars universe. Yeah, they said that about Star Wars The Force Unleashed too, and look at how badly that turned out.

kain_kusanagi (on 31 October 2012)

So long as Disney doesn't waste time on multiplayer games like Battlefront and gives us a real sequel to the Dark Forces/Jedi Knights series I'll be happy.

Slimebeast (on 31 October 2012)

Amen. I have waited for Dark Forces/Jedi Knight for so long. Fantastic series.

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thetonestarr (on 01 November 2012)

It looks like somebody really dislikes Dark Forces/Jedi Knight, based on y'all's comments' votes right now. wtf.

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