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The Games We Lost Along With LucasArts

by William Schwartz

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Its been six moths since LucasArts was shut down and in a new feature on Kotaku we learn of what else was lost on that fateful day of April.

The most obvious loss of course is Star Wars: 1313, the game that was showed off at E3 last year and featured Boba Fett as the protagonist in what was claimed to be the most mature Star Wars game ever. The gameplay was promising too and despite being viewed as an Uncharted clone, it wasn’t necessarily a bad thing as which game hasn’t tried to incorporate features of another?

Next up is First Assault, a game that was meant to reintroduce Battlefront to the world. A multiplayer shooter meant to compete with giants like Call Of Duty and Battlefront, the game would have been announced sometime this month had things gone as planned.

Another game which will never see the light of the day is Wingman, a Wii U title modelled after classics like X-Wing and TIE Fighter. Concepts from this game were planned to be used in the sequel to First Assault too.

An untitled Indiana Jones was axed after being in development for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 for two 2 years. Also cancelled was Caveland, a 2D platformer which was planned for a digital release.

While I haven’t played any of LucasArts’ classics like Monkey Island or Day Of The Tentacle (don’t shoot me!), there is some news that will definitely sadden those who have played and loved the latter. A HD version (in the vein of the special editions of Monkey Island that were released several years ago) of Day Of The Tentacle was nearly 80% completed by LucasArts Singapore.

The other titles were Smuggler, a cross platform multiplayer that would have you playing as a customizable character within the Star Wars universe, smuggling and trading between Facebook, tablets, and consoles. Outpost, a Star Wars version of Zynga’s FarmVille that let players build empires instead of farms and Death Star, an iOS title in which you’d get to control your very own Death Star. Death Star and Outpost were supposedly on the verge of being shipped.

They had some big dreams and a vision for several great products and its tragic how things ultimately worked out but this is one company nobody can ever really forget…

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