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9:30 AM on 04.05.2015

Zak McKracken fan film feels alien in all the right ways

In my mind, Zak McKracken is the unsung hero of the classic LucasArt point-and-click line up. If the Monkey Island series is analogous to a crowd-pleaser like Back to the Future, then Zak McKracken and the Alien Mindbenders ...

Jonathan Holmes

7:00 PM on 04.03.2015

New adventure title from former LucasArts dev comes to Steam later this month

Last year, I got the chance to chat with the developers behind The Perils of Man, an episodic time-traveling adventure title from the minds of Bill Tiller and Gene Mocsy. With a pedigree of work ranging from classic adv...

Alessandro Fillari

8:00 PM on 03.19.2015

GOG.com scores Zak McKracken, Indiana Jones and the Emperor's Tomb

Lucasfilm and Disney are trickling out more good old games with digital-distribution premieres of Zak McKracken and the Alien Mindbenders, Indiana Jones and the Emperor's Tomb, and Outlaws on GOG.com. They're only $5.99 a pie...

Jordan Devore

10:00 AM on 03.15.2015

David Fox on forming LucasArts with George, writing with Douglas Adams and more

[Sup Holmes is a weekly talk show for people that make great videogames. It airs live every Sunday at 4pm EST on YouTube, and can be found in Podcast form on Libsyn and iTunes.] Last Sunday's Sup Holmes i...

Jonathan Holmes

8:30 PM on 01.27.2015

Relive the era of good Star Wars games with these new releases from GOG.com

Through Disney's generous licensing agreement, GOG.com is helping bring Star Wars memories and more back with its second wave of LucasArts game releases. These three great games became available today and for the first 7...

Jason Faulkner

2:30 PM on 01.22.2015

Star Wars Rebellion, Rogue Squadron 3D, and four others headed to GOG.com

GOG.com released six Star Wars games on Tuesday, including X-Wing vs. TIE Fighter, and now the PC game distributor is back with its next set of titles. We're in for a real treat. Rogue Squadron 3D, Rebellion, and Empire at Wa...

Jordan Devore

12:30 PM on 01.20.2015

Are you ready for some X-Wing vs. TIE Fighter and X-Wing Alliance?

The re-releases of X-Wing and TIE Fighter were lovely, but they were only the start of GOG.com's plans for Star Wars. Today, the DRM-free game distributor added six new titles: Star Wars: X-Wing vs. TIE Fighter + Balance of ...

Jordan Devore

1:00 PM on 12.17.2014

A game like X-Files and True Detective? Just don't go Normcore

Oh no! It's the end of our three part interview with Ron Gilbert and Gary Winnick, creators of Maniac Mansion and the masterminds behind Thimbleweed Park, a game that has currently raised over $500K on Kickstarter. We di...

Jonathan Holmes

7:00 PM on 10.27.2014

Star Wars: X-Wing, TIE Fighter, and other LucasArts classics are joining GOG.com

Digital distributor GOG.com will expand its library with games from a mysterious publisher tomorrow -- perhaps you've seen the countdown? Users recently dug up familiar-looking fonts suggesting it's none other than LucasArts ...

Jordan Devore

5:30 PM on 10.10.2014

Factor 5's canceled Rogue Squadron compilation sounds incredible

As if we don't have enough canceled Star Wars games to mourn already, here's a couple more. During a recent Nintendo Voice Chat appearance, Factor 5 president Julian Eggebrecht opened up about a Rogue Squadron compilation and...

Jordan Devore

2:30 PM on 07.22.2014

Ron Gilbert releases original design document of Maniac Mansion

I absolutely love the SCUMM period of Lucasfilm Games (later LucasArts) development and this document gives insight into the game that started it all. It's interesting to see that although the Edison family stayed much the sa...

Brittany Vincent

3:00 AM on 05.14.2014

Watch Tim Schafer play through Day of the Tentacle after a 10-year lull

This glorious video before us is a Let's Play of Tim Schafer himself playing Day of the Tentacle. The 40-minute video features Tim narrating a playthrough and sharing little tidbits of information regarding production, voice...

Brittany Vincent

10:00 PM on 04.25.2014

Knights of the Old Republic and other Star Wars media no longer considered canon

That's a nice extended universe you've got there, Star Wars. It'd be a shame if it were invalidated. Actually, that's exactly what's happening. Lucasfilm announced just that today via the official Star Wars blog, where it wa...

Brittany Vincent

5:30 PM on 03.26.2014

The Perils of Man brings an adventure across time to iOS

The adventure genre has seen a bit of an upswing in recent times. With Telltale Games and Double Fine's recent efforts helping to revitalize the genre, a new generation of gamers are experiencing a type of game that was once ...

Alessandro Fillari

6:00 AM on 01.29.2014

Star Wars: Assault Team is a turn-based mobile game

Disney Interactive and LucasArts have announced Star Wars: Assault Team for iOS, Windows 8, and Android. It's a turn-based combat game involving card-battling elements. You'll collect characters from the Star Wars universe an...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

1:30 PM on 01.20.2014

Disney abandons its Star Wars 1313 trademark

After Disney shut down LucasArts, I thought I had completely given up all hope for Star Wars 1313 ever getting made. I have. But that's not to say the project can't affect me from beyond the grave. There was that story about ...

Jordan Devore

8:00 PM on 11.07.2013

Star Wars: Tiny Death Star is out now for mobile

Seeing familiar Star Wars characters in this cutesy pixelated style from NimbleBit is enough to cut down any cynicism I might've had going into Star Wars: Tiny Death Star. We've enjoyed the studio's sim games for a while now...

Jordan Devore

6:00 PM on 09.28.2013

The Force is strong with this cosplay

Knights of the Old Republic is easily one of the greatest Star Wars games ever conceived. It took all that we loved with the universe and harkened back on the classic feeling that was desperately void in the cinematic prequel...

Wesley Ruscher

10:30 PM on 09.27.2013

LucasArts canceled a bunch of Star Wars projects

Kotaku too a look at how LucasArts fell apart, and among the information they dug up was details on several major projects the now defunct studio was working on. First, they were working on an Origin-like service designed to ...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

9:30 PM on 09.25.2013

New story details and art revealed for Star Wars 1313

Oh Star Wars 1313, you were the hope of so many Star Wars fans. With LucasArts no more, there's little hope of this Boba Fett adventure ever coming. What would it have been about? IGN was shown 15 minutes of a demo that would...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

9:00 PM on 07.31.2013

Obsidian reveals its plan for potential KOTOR III

Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords was a stellar Star Wars RPG that shone despite its bugs and rushed production schedule. It left me wanting to a sequel and, speaking to Eurogamer, Obsidian's Chris Avellone also ...

Alasdair Duncan

8:30 PM on 07.31.2013

Star Wars: Battlefront expected in summer 2015

Electronic Arts CFO Blake Jorgensen stated during a investor call today that they expect to release Star Wars: Battlefront “alongside the new Star Wars films, probably in summer 2015.” Not much, but at least we h...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

6:30 PM on 05.06.2013

Get sad: Over an hour of Star Wars Battlefront 3 footage

Free Radical's Star Wars Battlefront sequel has made many appearances on various streams and video hosting channels since cancellation in 2008, but this weekend saw one of the most generous videos: an hour-long playthrough o...

Allistair Pinsof

1:00 PM on 04.10.2013

Carnival of Monkey Island is a fanmade, hand-drawn sequel

I want a new Monkey Island. So does some guy on the Adventure Game Studio forum, who announced Carnival of Monkey Island, which is a fanmade entry that will take place inbetween the second and third MI games (is that a m...

Allistair Pinsof

8:30 PM on 04.05.2013

Boba Fett, Blood Dragon, and Battleblock Theater

Hey gang! Unfortunately, we didn't do a live Destructoid Show today, but we still did one. And it's probably a little bit weird.  The big sad news is that Disney carried out Order 66 on LucasArts. Sadder still, Star War...

Max Scoville

2:45 PM on 04.04.2013

It hurts: Star Wars 1313 would have been about Boba Fett

The closure of LucasArts was painful to see both in terms of the studio's legacy and the projects it had in the pipeline. One such game was Star Wars 1313, a visually-impressive title that showed up a couple of times and vani...

Jordan Devore



Looking back at Star Wars, Monkey Island, and LucasArts photo
Looking back at Star Wars, Monkey Island, and LucasArts
by Allistair Pinsof

With the Stars Wars license and money behind LucasArts, the studio only needed to follow. Instead, they innovated for 31 years.

Not only did the studio have a hand in adventure, first-person shooter, real-time strategy, and flight sim games, it changed how developers that followed would approach these genres. Innovation aside, the studio and its many teams turned out original worlds with characters, quotable quips, and locations we would love as much as those of Star Wars and Disney.

It may be some time since LucasArts put out a title of great importance (Lucidity and Fracture look onward, angrily), but it seems not so long ago that LucasArts defined our younger years and the media we spent so much time with.

After Disney laid off staff and cancelled all ongoing projects at LucasArts this week, now seems like a good time for the staff at Destructoid to reflect on the studio's history and how it ties into our own.

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8:30 AM on 04.04.2013

Raven shares source code for Jedi Knight games

In the wake of LucasArts' death at the hands of Disney, Raven Software and Activision have decided to release the source code for the Jedi Knight games -- Jedi Academy and Jedi Outcast.  "Raven is sad to hear about the c...

Jim Sterling



Disney shuts down LucasArts photo
Disney shuts down LucasArts
by Jim Sterling

Disney has today announced that it's decided to close down LucasArts as a game studio, transitioning it into a "licensing model." This effectively means that LucasArts is dead, likely to exist as little more than a legacy name for externally developed Star Wars titles. A round of layoffs has been had as a result. 

"After evaluating our position in the games market, we've decided to shift LucasArts from an internal development to a licensing model, minimizing the company's risk while achieving a broader portfolio of quality Star Wars games," claims the company. "As a result of this change, we've had layoffs across the organization. We are incredibly appreciative and proud of the talented teams who have been developing our new titles."

R.I.P. LucasArts, and best wishes to those who have lost their jobs.

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5:00 PM on 03.13.2013

Star Wars: First Assault gameplay footage

Following the recent leaks, Kotaku is back with more information on Star Wars: First Assault, a multiplayer shooter that was planned for digital distribution but has since found itself stuck in limbo. The outlet has gameplay ...

Jordan Devore





8:15 PM on 03.12.2013

The DTOID Show: Bros Before Hos, PS4, & Dishonored DLC!

Greetings! If you're watching today's show and wondering why Max happens to look so much like Adam Sessler, it's because he recently got a full-body makeover to look like Adam Sessler. Don't act like you wouldn't either, if ...

Tara Long

4:00 AM on 03.12.2013

Ron Gilbert announces departure from Double Fine

In 1990, Ron Gilbert made the genre-defining Secret of Monkey Island with Tim Schafer. Two decades later, Gilbert joined Schafer's studio, Double Fine Productions. And now, after releasing his latest adventure, The Cave, Gilb...

Allistair Pinsof

1:45 PM on 03.11.2013

Downloadable predecessor to Battlefront III in the works

Kotaku has a bunch of juicy details on the previously leaked title, Star Wars: First Assault. According to the outlet's source, if Star Wars First Assault is released and if it sells well, then Star Wars: Battl...

Patrick Hancock

1:00 PM on 03.01.2013

Star Wars 1313 is still in production

Despite the fact that there's already some gameplay on display, we haven't seen much from Star Wars 1313 since its initial buzz. Kotaku reports that after reaching out to LucasArts to see how development was going, they stat...

Chris Carter

11:00 PM on 02.13.2013

Ron Gilbert to be keynote speaker at first PAX Australia

Aussie adventure game fans are in for a treat this July as it's been confirmed that famed game designer Ron Gilbert will be the opening "story time" keynote speaker at the first PAX Australia. The creator of Monkey Island and...

Alasdair Duncan

7:15 PM on 10.31.2012

The DTOID Show's Halloween Special! Gaming News! OoOoO!

Happy Halloween everyone! On today's SPOOKTACULAR episode of The Destructoid Show, we talk about some festively spooky video game stuff. Because we didn't report on it enough this week, Grand Theft Auto V is coming out t...

Max Scoville

4:30 PM on 10.30.2012

Disney to acquire Lucasfilm for $4.05 billion

As announced today in a press release, The Walt Disney Company has agreed to acquire Lucasfilm for $4.05 billion (approximately half paid in cash, and 40 million shares issued). Perhaps more relevant to our interests as gamer...

Jordan Devore

7:30 PM on 10.01.2012

Box art surfaces for XBLA game Star Wars: First Assault

In a thread on NeoGAF, user milkybar1983 posted a bunch of images of box art for upcoming Xbox Live Arcade titles. One such game is Star Wars: First Assault which, curiously enough, has not yet been announced. The cover art i...

Jordan Devore

7:00 PM on 08.23.2012

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II now on Steam

Finally! As much as I enjoyed the original Knights of the Old Republic, it was its much-maligned sequel that I felt a greater connection to. Considering my Xbox copy is residing overseas, it's handy that KOTOR II - The Sith L...

Alasdair Duncan

10:00 AM on 08.14.2012

Star Wars 1313 gets a shooty new gameplay trailer

Star Wars 1313 turned some heads at E3 this year, and now we have a lot more to go on with a fresh gameplay trailer launched in time for gamescom. It's good because it's all dark and edgy and stuff. Oh, and guns. Bang bang, ...

Jim Sterling