Today, GameInformer.com posted the article "Disney Closes Game Publisher LucasArts." Matt Helgeson reported that the official statement from Disney reads as follows:
"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." Source: GameInformer.com.We first reported, on Facebook and Twitter, that this was the rumor going around back on March 21.
There are rumors that the future of LucasArts is also in danger along with LucasFilm Animation. #SaveTheCloneWars fb.me/2xLTTeU5rUpdated at 9:27 pm - With the shutdown of LucasArts, Variety is reporting that this has also lead to layoff at ILM.
— Save The Clone Wars (@SaveCloneWars) March 21, 2013
"...the layoffs that followed has had a ripple effect within Lucasfilm: Layoffs at Industrial Light & Magic. Lucasfilm has long had a strategy of sharing technical resources and staff among visual effects, animation and games. But with production finished on the “Clone Wars” animated series and the next Star Wars animated series not yet in production, and the closing of LucasArts, a portion of its staff was left working only for ILM’s vfx business." Source: Variety