When Disney bought Lucasfilm back in October the deal included the video game arm of the company, Lucasarts. What wasn’t mentioned in great detail, however, was the future of Star Wars video games. LucasArts has been having a bit of a lull for the past few years; they haven’t been producing much, and when they do, it garners a less than stellar critical reception.
Disney, however, has found their niche in mobile and more casual gaming, with their gaming division Disney Interactive hitting a net operating income of 8 billion this year alone. The idea of mobile and social gaming was something they promised to use with Star Wars, although they never outright said “no” to bigger, console games. Afterall, in the 90s and early 2000s, LucasArts was well known for their games.
According to Obsidian Entertainment’s CEO, the game developer may be returning to galaxy, sooner rather than later. Obsidian, the developers of the critically acclaimed Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords, have pitched an idea for a game (an RPG, as per Obsidian’s usual genre choice for their games) set between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope – An era that was once off limits, which is now getting much play.
LucasArts enjoyed the pitch, which had a story outlined and penned by Kotor II scribe/designer Chris Avellone. However, they got it before Disney took over Lucasfilm late last year. Even still, this should excite EU fans because Avellone has not only that game under his belt, but a few Star Wars comics as well. Obsidian plans to talk to Disney about it soon, and hopefully we’ll be hearing more about this in the near future.
LucasArts is currently working on the third-person shooter Star Wars: 1313, which also happens to be set between Episode III and IV. Star Wars 1313 currently has no known release date, and the systems in which it will released for are not known as of yet.