LucasArts Confirms Layoffs, Former Staffers Speak Out

Star Wars game developer LucasArts has confirmed to Kotaku that it's making cutbacks at its internal studios today. Word from those affected by LucasArts layoffs indicating deep cuts.

One former LucasArts developer, let go from the Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II team, called today's round of layoffs a "massacre", with an estimated 60 people let go from development and 25 from external production and QA getting the employment vibro-axe. The Force Unleashed II was said to have "gone gold" last Friday in time for its mid-September release date.

LucasArts wouldn't specify current headcount at the studio or how many developers were let go today, but did offer confirmation on the reduction.

"LucasArts is reorganising its teams to better address the needs of the internal studio. Unfortunately, this means adjusting staffing," reads a statement from the company. "LucasArts continues to be committed to creating a first-class internal studio – and to fostering relationships with trusted external partners – in order to deliver quality games that amaze and inspire fans."

Today's layoffs at LucasArts aren't much of a surprise. Word from the studio indicated weeks ago that new LucasArts president Paul Meegan was making serious cuts to projects and people. One of the projects rumoured to have been cut was Star Wars: The Force Unleashed III.

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    Dam, I feel for those guys. I lost my job yesterday and man it sucks. Hope those guys go onto other studios and get some success and stability.

    I had no idea Lucasarts was in such dire straights. Sure they haven't made any Monkey Island classics in years but I thought their steady stream of mediocre licensed games as well as the occasional awesome one (Force Unleashed) was keeping them in the green.

    You'd think the games they make and the revenue they bring in far outweighs the costs. Like, the first one sold HOW many MILLION copies?

      Yeah, no kidding.

      I wonder how many cuts were made to executive salaries and bonuses...

    FuzzyScotsman / Got this on the PC bases on this review, sadly the PC veirosn port is awful, next to no graphic customisation to take advanatage of PC video cards, a menu system that us alien to most PC users and game lag to make it almost unplayable in some parts .im sure its fun on a console but sadly im a pc only kinda guy.

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