Rumour: Lucasarts Cancels Force Unleashed 3

New Lucasarts president Paul Meegan certainly isn't wasting any time. Barely two months into the job and we hear he's already swinging the axe and cancelling high profile sequels.

If you were wondering why it was strange that Force Unleashed II creative director Haden Blackman would leave mid-project, this may explain things: according to sources at Lucasarts, Meegan has cancelled a third Force Unleashed game that was already in development, and members of Force Unleashed II's team will be shown the door once that game ships.

Another unnamed project, due to ship next year, has avoided the axe, but has been "put on hold" while developers have been told to "expect management and reporting changes".

These sources say "morale and productivity are at all-time lows" since Meegan took over, with most Lucasarts developers only finding out about Force Unleashed II's cancellation on the PSP by reading it on gaming news sites.

We've also been told that another sweeping change made by Meegan is that the majority of "external" development of Lucasarts properties is coming to an end, with BioWare's Old Republic MMO to be the last game not developed internally at Lucasarts. That would presumably mean, for example, no more LEGO Star Wars or LEGO Indiana Jones titles, as those were handled by Traveller's Tales.

So, yes, if this is all indeed correct, big changes are afoot at the house that Star Wars built. Lots of them bad news for the developers currently there, but looking at the big picture, the silver lining could be that such drastic shake-ups could be exactly what's needed at a publisher and developer that, courtesy of its licenses and history, should be doing a lot better both commercially and critically than it currently is.

We've contacted Lucasarts for comment, and will update if we hear back.


Comments

    Looks like we have another challenger to Koticks title of biggest prick in the video game business.

    Oh, so we're making sure the ship known as Lucasarts sinks faster? sure thing. It was fun while it lasted :)

    Seems bad. Just have to wait and see what happens before we hand out the Bobby Kotick award to her.

    i foresee fewer and more sucky star wars games.

    However, i will love this man forever if battlefront 3 is revealed soon

    You know what the funny thing is...

    Most of the best Star Wars games, since around 2000, were made out side of Lucasarts.

    Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast - Raven
    Knights of the Old Republic - Bioware
    Battlefront II - Pandemic
    Empire at War - Petroglyph

    So yeah, clearly the best thing to do is not give your properties to better developers and go back to churning out shit like Fracture.

    Lucasarts should just keep revitalizing their back catalog and not worry about new IPs.

      That's exactly the point the article is trying to make.

      "...such drastic shake-ups could be exactly what’s needed at a publisher and developer that, courtesy of its licenses and history, should be doing a lot better both commercially and critically than it currently is."

      Clearly this guy wants Lucasarts to be the primary maker of all things Star Wars (and possibly Indiana Jones). They OWN the the rights to the IP so it makes sense. Make better games, hopefully make more sales for yourself than other developers.

      BUT thats a pretty poor decision with Force Unleashed, considering the first has sold something like 8 million copies (or maybe 6) which is quite good compared to a lot of Star Wars games as of late.

      Bioware have made the best games for the franchise really and no loss with the LEGO Games cause really, how many more can they do. Perhaps a few Star Wars based on things like Force Unleashed but with Indy theres nothing more to add. Star Wars however is getting a bit milked and crowded, so perhaps it could be for the best.

      I just think though that eliminating all external developers from making games is kinda a bad idea when you have the crazy talent of Bioware.

      For a guy who is thinking about dishing out great games, he is taking the right approach to some extent.
      For a President of such a company, he isn't considering the sales Force Unleashed has made and with FU: II looking better than the first...

        'BUT thats a pretty poor decision with Force Unleashed, considering the first has sold something like 8 million copies (or maybe 6) which is quite good compared to a lot of Star Wars games as of late.'

        What makes this statement even more true is the following quote from the article:
        'Meegan has cancelled a third Force Unleashed game that was already in development'

        Already. In. Development.

        Whhhhhyyyy????

    Oh boy here we go. The only great Star Wars games I can remember playing in recent history were those made by third party developers. The Rogue Squadron series (Factor 5), Jedi Knight series (Raven) and KOTOR (Bioware) are some of the best games in the franchise. If Kotick is Darth Vader then Paul Meegan must be his apprentice.

    It's very easy to judge this guy based on what he's done but remember, we have no idea of how the company functions internally, he could just be a regular guy with an unenviable job of trying to turn the company profitable again.

    That said, I think he's going the wrong way about it. Sure, Lucasarts has squeezed out many turds for years, but Force Unleashed is definitely not one of them and the series looks to pull in a lot of money for them. It doesn't make good business sense to me.

    Here's hoping the employees pull some of The Office style antics to get rid of this guy.

    Mmmm so if Force Unleashed II has a cliff hanger ending, it's never going to be resolved in a game format?

    Also I wonder if Bioware is looking after post release support/additions of Old Republic...

    Gaaaah. Sigh.

    What is it with LucasArts and cutting successful games? Their best work of recent years has mostly been third-party anyway. KoTOR 1 and 2 were masterpieces - they cut the third planned game and instead ordered an MMO cash cow.

    The greatest star wars game is clearly Jedi Power Battles. Many, many hours were lost in that game, me and my brother have such great(double jumping off the cliff and then back on so that droids went and jumped off) and not so great(my brother blaming me for dying. A lot.). Still. Excellent game.

      Memories, that is. great and not so great memories.

    LucasArts has been essentially dead in my mind for awhile. The games haven't been great since the old adventure games. Force Unleashed was okay, but not amazing; the only really good games were only published by LucasArts. This, though? The final bullet in the companies head. Get out of there programmers! Run! Ruuuun!

    Maybe they'll make a real KOTOR now.

    i would have understood this more if he had popped up and said right game division piss off were going to have everything handled externally

    we'll sell a liscence and say we want 10% of profits and move on

    instead it basically ruins pretty much everything

    i mean we wont be seeing another lot of monkey island either

    We don't know how far along TFU3 was.

    For all we know, they could have been spitballing the idea of having another Starkiller clone... in which case he may have been justified stopping it.

    Maybe now we'll get an X wing / TIE fighter game.

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