While the movie news world, and our colleagues over at Screen Rant, are going crazy over the news that Disney has acquired LucasFilm for $4 billion, there’s still an equal amount of excitement that can be shared by video gamers as well. See, with the purchase of LucasFilm, Disney also acquired LucasArts – the developer who has had a hand in nearly every Star Wars video game dating back over a decade.
Though the details are slim at the moment, what we do know is that LucasArts will continue – for the time being – with business as usual. LucasArts currently has two games, Star Wars 1313 and Star Wars: First Assault, in development, but all future properties are now put into a state of flux.
According to Bob Iger, Chairman of Disney, the plan is to use the Star Wars property to create mobile and social experiences, rather than full retail releases. Games like Angry Birds: Star Wars are more likely in LucasArts’ future than a sequel to Republic Commando or Rebel Assault.
”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.”
Iger does say, however, that Disney will be looking to license the IP for console experiences, it just seems unlikely that LucasArts will be developing them wholesale. This suggests that Disney will be more receptive to outside developers’ suggestions of how to approach the Star Wars license, and could lead to some new and exciting properties.
While the licensing of Star Wars isn’t something all that new – look at Star Wars: The Old Republic – it does open up some new opportunities for developers. Perhaps it will be in the licensing of Star Wars that gamers find sequels to some of their favorite games like those previously mentioned.
Obviously, there is more to this LucasArts acquisition than Disney is willing to detail at the moment, especially considering the internet is going to abuzz with talk of Star Wars 7, but nonetheless gamers have some things to look forward to as well.