Back in 2012, the House of Mouse purchased LucasFilm from George Lucas and the world ended… Okay it wasn’t/isn’t that bad, but there have been some ill effects from the purchase. The most devastating casualty was the deletion of the Expanded Universe. This is followed closely with the near shuttering of LucasArts, which made great video game series like Monkey Island, Sam and Max, and of course Star Wars. From the original Super Star Wars on the SNES to the PC classics of X-Wing, TIE Fighter, and X-Wing vs TIE Fighter and the much beloved Knights of the Old Republic series LucasArts gave the gaming world a lot to love. They weren’t all gems though, and the company was reduced to being a licensing office. This didn’t stop Star Wars games from being made… Nope, EA got to take the reigns and give us two games: Star Wars: Battlefront and Star Wars: Battlefront II while canceling games that had been in development like Star Wars: 1313
EA has been a disappointment. Other than a mobile game or two they have only made the two Battlefront games and have been slow to develop new titles. EA also brought a lot of hate from the fans upon themselves for ridiculous microtransactions and loot boxes in their games. A side note about KotR, Disney shut down a group that was modding an update to the beloved game even though you would need the original to play it. So what are Star Wars fans to do? Perk up, that’s what!
PCGamesN is reporting that Disney is searching for people to fill positions at LucasFilm Games. These positions include producers, coders, and artists and marketing coordinators. There’s been no official word that LucasArts Games will start turning out titles or that LucasArts will be spun up again, but it’s not like they’re hiring these people for nothing. Maybe Disney heard the collective cry from gamers, maybe they got mad at EA for being so damned slow, or maybe Bob Iger was visited by the ghost of Walt Disney who told him “get your head out of your @#$ and make better games!” No matter the why, it looks like there may be a silver lining in the EA cloud.
Here’s a part of the Producer listing:
The Producer will be a highly motivated individual responsible for managing the review and approval of interactive products that incorporate Lucasfilm IP, such as Star Wars film and television properties, across all digital platforms, including but not limited to: Mobile (iOS, Android, Windows), Console (Sony Playstation, Microsoft Xbox, Nintendo Switch), PC/Mac, and AR/VR platforms. The person in this role will be responsible for partnering with the Managing Producer/Senior Producer, as well as internal and external cross functional groups, to deliver innovative, high quality/brand-enhancing products.
That pretty much screams “we’re making Star Wars games” to me. Personally, I would love to see a sequel to the KotR games and an HD remaster of the first two. I have also said before that it’s time to bring back the flight sim and give us a new X-Wing game. Can you imagine a modern version of Star Wars: Rebellion? There’s literally a universe’s worth of potential to make great games. let’s hope they do.
What do you think of this exciting news? Are you going to apply for a position (remember who told you about them)? Let us know in the comments below!