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The facts are that for the last decade LucasArts had a poor performance, but under Lucas, LucasArts was part of a privately held company and as such Lucas didn't have to answer to anyone. Disney is a publicly traded company and has a responsibility to its stockholders. Retaining a division that could be detrimental to a publicly traded company is irresponsible management because it decreases the worth of the company.

You may not like the system, but that's the way it works. As someone who's retirement was hit very hard in 2008, I appreciate responsible management.


If LA had a poor performance, then why did Disney purchase the company? Are bad investments responsible management and good for the share holders?
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I wouldn't say it was a bad investment. While Lucas Arts was under performing, other aspects of the purchase was enough to counter it. Not to mention the money that can be made by licensing out the trademarks. But keeping Lucas Arts open, would have been a bad investment.

Though I am surprised they didn't at least try to turn it around themselves.


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And Disney got ILM too, meaning they are connected to just about every movie in Hollywood that needs special effects - it was a very good investment.
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Dog-Poop_Walker wrote:
If LA had a poor performance, then why did Disney purchase the company? Are bad investments responsible management and good for the share holders?


Yes


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So you say. But why did they cancel The Clone Wars? That wasn't performing poorly. They could have continued to license it out the same way they say they are going to do with SW games. They axed it because Cartoon Network is a competitor to the Disney networks. And you know what they are going to do when the contracts for Dark Horse and Del Rey are up. With Disney owning Marvel and other publishing houses it makes no sense for them to keep those going and it's doubtful they will try to acquire the rights since they didn't already.

When Disney bought Star Wars people were saying it would be a great fan service and show of faith if they negotiated with Fox to get a new release of the OT. That will never happen.

You see this as Just Business, but one way to do good business is to make the best product available that consumers want. Another is to use Monopolistic bullying to knock out your competition. If Disney had it their way they would get rid of the OT the same way they are trying to get rid of the EU so that in the future all there will be is "Disney's Star Wars".
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I don't know why Disney axed TCW but it wasn't due to competition with Cartoon Network. That contract was up at the end of the current season so TCW could have been easily switched to a Disney channel. Maybe they axed it because they want to put all the focus, assets and energy towards the ST. There's also the argument that the PT era is a bit over-saturated. I just don't know.

As far as the Del Rey license: Hyperion isn't the size of Random House by a long shot. Plus Hyperion publishes general fiction and non-fiction for adults and has no scifi/fantasy division. It could actually cost them to bring the adult books over to their own publisher.

Also several different companies publish Star Wars books, depending on the type of book. For example, Scholastic publishes the young adult fiction, not Del Rey. DK is another publisher -- the TOR encyclopedia is one of their books. So it's not just a matter of moving everything from Del Rey over to Hyperion.

I don't think it's just a simple matter of say when the license is up with Del Rey, Disney will move it to Hyperion.

As far as the license moving to Marvel, I know a lot of people are assuming that will happen, but Marvel owned the license at one point and gave it up before the end of the contract. Dark Horse has performed very well with that license. Disney might still decide they want it back at Marvel, but I don't think that's an assumption everyone should automatically make.

However, even if Disney did kill TCW and will move licenses in the future, that doesn't invalidate that LucasArts was performing poorly and that Disney's decision there wasn't a sound one.
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http://kotaku.com/ea-snags-exclusive-deal-to-make-star-wars-games-493178983

So Star Wars has been licensed out to publisher EA, whom publishes the Battlefield games so it bodes well for Battlefront 3. They also own Bioware so it bodes well for SWTOR and perhaps KOTOR 3.


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Doubt we'll get KOTOR 3, but there's potential for Battlefront 3 on the Battlefield engine for next-gen consoles Very Happy
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Perhaps not with KOTOR 3, if Bioware/EA thinks it will compete with SWTOR.

I just realized a negative though. Future Star Wars games are unlikely to be on Steam, but instead be exclusive to Origin. I have both... but I definitely prefer Steam. But since EA is licensing Star Wars, they might put it on Steam anyway. Maybe.


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And that's why I will be buying all future games on console unless it's PC only
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There's been some development in this: http://www.eucantina.net/archives/16158

And here's another article with a bit more information: http://www.oxm.co.uk/53502/dice-to-create-star-wars-games-using-battlefield-engine-tech-boss-talks-turbolasers/
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Awesome, First Disney, now EA "Worst Company In America" Games.

I can't wait for always online, on disc DLC, DLC endings, and pay for play multiplayer. There's nothing better than buying a game and then finding out that you have to pay extra if you actually want to play it.
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Dog-Poop_Walker wrote:
Awesome, First Disney, now EA "Worst Company In America" Games.

I can't wait for always online, on disc DLC, DLC endings, and pay for play multiplayer. There's nothing better than buying a game and then finding out that you have to pay extra if you actually want to play it.


Bioshock Infinite understood. Every once in awhile we still get games that release in the 'old ways', where DLC is an afterthought and doesn't turn out to be required for the game.
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Not too excited about this. EA tends to put profit before quality in their games. Disney at least treats their properties well, EA not so much...
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