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Layoffs at LucasArts

Troubled developer confirms staff cuts at San Francisco HQ - rumoured to be 85

LucasArts has confirmed redundancies at its San Francisco headquarters, following widespread speculation of staffing and project cuts.

While the company has yet to confirm the number and nature of the layoffs, a statement acquiesced that "LucasArts is reorganizing its teams to better address the needs of the internal studio. Unfortunately, this means adjusting staffing."

Game blog Kotaku has reported internal sources as alleging 85 staff were lost in total - 60 developers and 25 from QA, as well as the claimed axing of two projects.

However, some of the losses may be attributable to the forthcoming completion of Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II.

There have been multiple hints of trouble at the Californian firm of late - including the loss of senior producer Haden Blackman and a remarkably fast turnover of presidents. The redundancies would appear to be current boss Paul Meegan's first overt action in the role.

However, the company is adamant that the bad news for affected staff does not imply a great collapse. "LucasArts continues to be committed to creating a first-class internal studio and to fostering relationships with trusted external partners in order to deliver quality games that amaze and inspire fans."

Despite the losses, the company has seen a number of high profile hirings of late - including former Ubisoft man Clint Hocking, who will act as creative lead on an unannounced project.

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Latest comments (2)

Terence Gage Freelance writer 6 years ago
Allegedly The Force Unleashed 3 has been shelved, and I don't really understand why they would do this. I mean, the first sold ~7 million copies I believe, and with a strong marketing push the sequel could do almost as well I expect, so stopping the series in its tracks doesn't seem to make a lot of sense.

Likewise, there are other big dormant LucasArts games which could do very well to be brought back I think - the likes of Rogue Squadron (which it was rumoured was sold to Nintendo), Battlefront (which was with Free Radical and development went over to Rebellion), Dark Forces, Indiana Jones, Knights of the Old Republic, Monkey Island (which I know is licenced by Telltale), etc, could probably do good business for LA if they commissioned sequels.

Anyway, good luck to all those affected.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Terence Gage on 2nd September 2010 1:52pm

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Andrew Clayton QA Weapons Tester, Electronic Arts6 years ago
Knights of the Old Republic does have a sequel coming out which LucasArts is publishing. I guess it may be the end of the real development cycle for these games. Good luck to all those affected though.
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