Disney and Lucasfilm have announced that LucasArts, the legendary developer that gave us unforgettable games such as Grim Fandango, Maniac Mansion, and Star Wars: Dark Forces, is getting reverted back to its original name: Lucasfilm Games.
Sadly, the division will continue to function strictly as a licensor and have no involvement with actual game development, which shouldn’t surprise anyone who’s familiar with what happened after Disney bought Lucasfilm in 2012 for $4 billion. (The mouse decided to gut over 90 percent of the staff, leaving the fate of future Star Wars titles to third-party developers such as EA.)
“[…] Lucasfilm Games is now the official identity for all gaming titles from Lucasfilm, a name that encompasses the company’s rich catalog of video games and its eye toward the future,” a post on the official Star Wars site reads.
“To mark this new era, Lucasfilm Games has launched social channels on Twitter (@LucasfilmGames) and Facebook (@LucasfilmGames), which will deliver breaking news and more directly to fans. You can watch a special sizzle reel celebrating the history of games from Lucasfilm below; the Lucasfilm Games logo, featured above, will appear in all future Lucasfilm Games titles.”
Lucasfilm has shared a sizzle reel to celebrate the announcement, which you can check out below. Unfortunately, it’s only a rehash of footage from pre-existing titles (e.g., Star Wars: The Old Republic and Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order) and doesn’t include anything that gamers haven’t already seen before.