LucasArts was best known to fans as what confused people thought was the true name of the company Lucasfilm, but in reality it was the entertainment software branch of George Lucas' media empire. For much of its early life it was known as Lucasfilm Games, which spawned numerous memorable computer games like The Curse of Monkey Island, TIE Fighter, Maniac Mansion, and more recently Grim Fandango. Today, we learned that Disney will be shuttering the developer, instead licensing out its characters to other developers. The fate for Star Wars 1313 is not completely known although some reports have indicated it was far enough along to finish while others say it will be axed.
The Sony blog has some nifty details of the new Star Wars Zen Pinball 2 game launching this week! Exciting. Multiple tables are available, and for some reason it seems Obi-Wan Kenobi has a green lightsaber. Check out a video after the jump.
This week in Galactic Hunter Video Theater we're going to look at the biggest source of new footage in the 1990s with Star Wars Rebel Assault II: The Hidden Empire! This was a PC game which was ported to numerous platforms, including the original Playstation (which is where I played it). You played the disgustingly generically named "Rookie One" through a story which, I must confess, I had completely forgotten before perusing this video again. Like most Star Wars games in the 1990s, you get a ton of musical cues from the films and a story which basically remixed action scenes and space battles from the films with a few new bits and pieces, essentially letting you control a remixed version of the Star Wars trilogy. (As back then, there were only three movies.) Check out over 40 minutes of questionable acting and even worse special effects after the break!
While pretty much nothing is known about this release, word is spreading that the Xbox will have a downloadable game called Star Wars: First Assault and if that picture is any indication, there may well be Stormtroopers in it.
The next issue of the Star Wars Insider (#135) celebrates 30 years of Star Wars video games and features Darth Vader set against the iconic Atari Star Wars vector graphics arcade game.
Expanded Universe continues to be popular amongst collectors, particularly when it comes to gaming. The 2009 Fan's Choice winner shares the same game (Knights of the Old Republic) and scarcity, and for now, high premium as the 2006 winner, Darth Revan. While traditionalists would rather stick with film based characters, there is a cross market out there that are buying the game based figures up. Besides, Bastila Shan is great looking.
Over on EW.com is a preview for the new Kinect Star Wars game coming to E3 this week. Remember the buzz of a Clone Wars game? Apparently they decided to tackle more than just the show. Click through for a video sizzle and brief article.
While the game took a critical beating, those who want to come back for more Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II will be able to download a special Endor Bonus Mission for a surprisingly good price-- only a buck on the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3. It's up right now. Not only can you zap Ewoks, but two other classic characters (spoilers) are in your sights!
If you have an Xbox 360 or Playstation 3 connected to the internet, you can download a playable demo of an early stage of Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II right now. It's about 700 megs, so while big it should provide a nice sampling of what's to come very soon. Assuming you buy the game, of course.
If you like to try before you buy, you'll get to try out the clone (or is he?) of Starkiller next week. PSN and Xbox Live's marketplace will both host the demo on October 12, 2010. Obviously, check your dashboards for exact availability. The game itself has a number of iterations including Amazon-exclusive DLC. As such, be sure to shop around before you buy!
Hayden Blackman, best known as the creative force behind The Force Unleashed franchise, is leaving Lucasarts so says MTV's gaming blog. Apparently the sequel is well on its way to being done in time for September, and nobody seems to be worried about everything hitting its mark. You may wish to read more.