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Old 03-04-2013, 20:48
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http://www.comingsoon.net/news/gamenews.php?id=102392

"After evaluating our position in the games market, we've decided to shift LucasArts from an internal development to a licensing model, minimizing the company's risk while achieving a broader portfolio of quality Star Wars games. As a result of this change, we've had layoffs across the organization. We are incredibly appreciative and proud of the talented teams who have been developing our new titles."
All 150 staff have been fired and all projects (Including 1313) have been cancelled.

Such a shame to see one of the companies that kickstarted my love for gaming at an early age close down.

They made some real classics over the years, but it has been quite a while since something great came out of the studio. Star Wars 1313 was looking promising but unless the game gets outsourced to completion then we will never know.
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Old 03-04-2013, 22:35
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A sad day
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Old 03-04-2013, 22:53
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It was dead long before, they didn't put out anything worth playing in the last 10 years. 1313 looked interesting but was likely never going to come out, they stopped working on it before the disney deal even happened.
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Old 04-04-2013, 00:06
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That's a shame. 1313 looks pretty decent from the stuff they showed from it.
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Old 04-04-2013, 00:12
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It's a big shame. There have been so many fantastic games made by LucasArts.
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Old 04-04-2013, 00:16
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not surprising, i cannot remember the last time they released a good and original game, just a very long list of medicore star wars games mostly, considering the amount of star wars games they have released you would think at least a handful of them would be good games but nope, not a fan of the whole lego star wars gimmick either, i just couldn't take that seriously as an adult gamer, i did enjoy Indiana Jones and the Emperor's Tomb on the xbox tho, that was a good game, shame about 1313, i had hopes for that game...
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Old 04-04-2013, 00:26
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I have no real feelings on this, their best days were long LONG ago. Hopefully it will mean better games under the licenses, we just don't know at this point.
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Old 04-04-2013, 01:39
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Thank god for that. The last good ga they made was grim fandango
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Old 04-04-2013, 03:09
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Ah, much of my childhood was spent playing their old Point 'n' Click adventure games. Sam and Max Hit The Road, Day of The Tentacle, Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis, the Monkey Island series...

I guess that finally puts an end to the 13+ year long hopes of a "proper" Monkey Island 5!
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Old 04-04-2013, 08:52
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When you wish upon a star, doesn't matter who you are...

Thats some Disney magic right there isnt it?

What a bunch of tossers they are
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Old 04-04-2013, 08:58
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Such a shame. Hopefully this might lead to a new better generation of Star Wars games. I'm hoping for a Battlefront 3
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Old 04-04-2013, 12:48
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I was a huge fan of their graphic adventures, can't say I was much of a fan of their newer stuff.
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Old 04-04-2013, 15:27
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*salute* to those who created Monkey Island, Indiana Jones, Grim Fandango etc.

Would have loved to see an XBLA/PSN Xwing vs Tie Fighter game. That would have scored them a lot of profit.
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Old 04-04-2013, 22:50
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OK, most important question this one prompts.

Due to this, are we more or less likely to see a "Special Edition" of Day of the Tentacle released for modern computers/devices?
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Old 04-04-2013, 22:52
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It's not Star Wars, which Disney have only expressed interest in licencing out, so, now even less likely than the already dead rotting wasting corpse it once was!
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Old 04-04-2013, 23:51
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It's not Star Wars, which Disney have only expressed interest in licencing out, so, now even less likely than the already dead rotting wasting corpse it once was!
Disney is a business and will happily hear licence offers for anything - especially as they are not as protective of old lucas brands as they are with mickey mouse etc.

The chances of a DOTT remake were almost zero before the shuttering - given the monkey island remake didn't sell all that well - if someone like telltale offered to buy the licence then who knows.
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Old 05-04-2013, 01:25
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given the monkey island remake didn't sell all that well
They actually sold amazingly well, they just wern't Star Wars numbers, which is why the CEO was FORCED out of a job by the higher ups so they could shift back to Star Wars.

A damn shame to, as Bill Tiller even spoke out about how he'd be up for working on a Curse of Monkey Island Special Edition as he still has all the art files and would be happy to alter them for a widescreen ratio.

Even Tales of Monkey Island from Telltale Games (YES, The Walking Dead guys) sold pretty damn good and was their highest selling game at that point in time.

Disney have expressed multiple times over that this is just about Star Wars, anything else (well perhaps Indie to) is just for the cutting room floor, never to be seen again. I DO hope they will at least sell off the rights, DoubleFine should grabbing Grim Fandango and Full Throttle if that were to happen and Steve Purcell should get full ownership rights to Hit the Road and Freelance Police.

Monkey Island is a difficult one, I would have said let it go to DoubleFine, but Ron has left that company (he's obsessed with doing that) so it's just Tim there right now, and DoubleFine want to focus on smaller downloadable titles these days. So again, just by choice, it should fall onto Telltale Games as Dave Grossman have now worked on three games (Secret, Revenge and Tales) but sadly, even Telltale are turning their backs on old franchises with the success of The Walking Dead becoming their top priority. As annoying as it sounds, there's just no one studio fit for Monkey Island right now!
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Old 12-04-2013, 07:53
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To be honest. I think it's a good decision. If you looked into the whole Free Radical- Battlefront 3 saga. The modern LucasArts seemed like right money grabbing swines and basically nearly killed a great game developer.
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Old 12-04-2013, 13:24
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Companies don't make games, people make games. And the people who made all those old good LucasArts games have left LucasArts years ago. All the company had was its name, and names mean nothing...
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Old 12-04-2013, 15:00
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Is there any way of legally playing the Monkey Island games on a Win 8 laptop? I managed to miss them completely as a kid and would love the opportunity to see what the fuss is all about.
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Old 12-04-2013, 15:22
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Is there any way of legally playing the Monkey Island games on a Win 8 laptop? I managed to miss them completely as a kid and would love the opportunity to see what the fuss is all about.
You can get the remakes of the first 2 on steam.
The third one (Curse), and the original versions of the first two, can be played in any OS using ScummVM. So you could just find a copy on amazon, ebay etc.
The fourth (Escape) works in Win7 using an updated installer that someone made. The game itself is fine, after it's installed. I don't know if anything has changed with windows 8.
Finally, the 5th (Tales) can be bought from TellTale Games' website and is very recent so it shouldn't have any problems.
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