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GOG Adds LucasArts Games to Library

lucasarts-classic-logoThe vintage game updater and store, GOG.com, has added another new publisher to its catalogue and the internet has come mental over it. As of yesterday, GOG added classic LucasArts (AKA LucasFilm Interactive) debuted on the store with six games and the promise of over 20 games to be released on GOG in total.

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Star Wars: Attack Squadron Cancelled by Disney

star-wars-attack-squadrons-beta-closure-noticeJust when you thought that the purchase of LucasFilm and LucasArts by Disney would lead to the return of space sims to the Star Wars game library, Disney pulled the rug out from under you. Star Wars: Attack Squadron was cancelled while in the midst of its closed beta.

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Star Wars: Battlefront III Alpha Footage Leaks

star-wars-battlefront-iii-free-radical-headerFirst: No, this isn’t footage from the upcoming EA DICE-developed Battlefront game that is due out in 2015. However, with EA confirming that they would be showing more of the new Battlefront at E3 in June, this leak couldn’t have come at a better time.

Many years before EA revived the Battlefront franchise, Free Radical Design was working on a new Battlefront game, to be called Battlefront III, for LucasArts. After two years in development, LucasArts pulled the plug on the game and Free Radical quickly shut down.

Now, more alpha footage of that six-year-old, unfinished Battlefront III has been leaked by YouTube’s Gamer Spawn showing both ground and flight combat as well as hero characters, multiple playable races and some story content. It looks like a damn shame that this one was cancelled.

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The Force is Not with Steam’s Star Wars Weekend Sale

steam-star-wars-saleTo mark Star Wars Day (May the 4th, if you still need to ask), Valve had a special Star Wars sale on Steam in which all the Star Wars games in its collection were on sale. Even I rounded out my collection with some games that I have floating around on CD somewhere but would need a fair bit of work to get running again on modern hardware and software.

I ended up getting lucky with my purchases. While the Force can allow you to sense the future, Valve underestimated the popularity of the promotion and ended up short on keys for it.

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LucasArts Cancelled a Darth Maul Game in 2011 After Eight Months in Development

darth-maul-headerOne of the many characters that got a bit overlooked in the films and rose to life as a fan favourite game and with some new adventures in the Expanded Universe was Darth Maul. He was so popular that he was retconned out of death and into the Clone Wars animated series by the end of its run.

However, that wasn’t always the plan. A report in Game Informer says that LucasArts originally planned to make a game starring Darth Maul before it was cancelled by LucasArts while it was in the middle of development.

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New Star Wars: Battlefront Coming Summer 2015

star-wars-battlefront-2015-headerCan’t wait to get your hands of the upcoming EA Star Wars games? Well, I would advise you not to hold your breath because we’re still a ways out from seeing them.

During their 1st quarter earnings call, EA CFO Blake Jorgensen revealed that the first of EA’s Star Wars games under the current licensing agreement will be the new Battlefront. Unfortunately, we shouldn’t expect it until summer of 2015 which means another two years of waiting for a new Star Wars game.

In his announcement, Jorgensen noted that they were timing the release of Battlefront around the planned release of Episode VII. While the teaser trailer was decidedly original trilogy inspired, it’s entirely possible that this could mean that the new Battlefront could tie into the new trilogy. Even if it’s DICE making the game, the prospect of a movie tie-in game worries me. I don’t think I need to tell you why.

EA Gets the Star Wars Games Licence, Fans Worry

ea-star-wars-logo“I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced. I fear something terrible has happened.” – Obi-Wan Kenobi

When they closed LucasArts, Disney said that they would license out Star Wars to other developers to make games. Well, they’ve gone ahead with that plan just one month after closing down LucasFilm’s in-house game developer and publisher.

Yesterday, Disney announced that EA was awarded a “multi-year exclusive licensing agreement” to develop and publish Star Wars games.

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The History of LucasArts

LucasArts is and was one of my all-time favourite publishers. They facilitated some great games from when I was growing up like the Dark Horse / Jedi Knight series, Tie Fighter, Rebel Assault (Shut up! I liked it.) and Knights of the Old Republic. That’s not counting the other massively popular LucasArts games like Monkey Island, Maniac Mansion and Grim Fandango.

Victor Lucas of the popular Canadian gaming news show Electric Playground looks back at the history of LucasArts. For a quasi-Easter Egg, watch for a young Geoff Keighley at the 3:34 mark as he worked in his early days in the gaming press.

The Mouse Claims Another Victim: Disney Closes LucasArts

lucasarts-closing-logoFirst, Disney killed Lucasfilm Animation and any of Lucasfilm’s television aspirations by effectively internally cancelling The Clone Wars and Detours. Now, the Disney bosses have killed of Lucasfilm’s legendary video game development and publishing division LucasArts.

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