Disney Acquires Lucasfilm and LucasArts for $4 Billion
The Mouse House has agreed to purchase Lucasfilm, Ltd. and with it comes LucasArts, the gaming developer and publisher of Lucas' company. What will this mean for mobile games under both Disney and LucasArts' banners?
The news of the acquisition came as a surprise to many fans of both companies today. Whether or not they were elated or felt a disturbance in the Force is a matter of personal opinion, but how will this affect the world of video games? A lot of LucasArts' games are console-based offerings, so it will be interesting to see how they deal with mobile properties.
Disney CEO Robert Iger said,
"We're likely to focus more on social and mobile than we are on console. We'll look opportunistically at console, most likely in licensing rather than publishing, but we think that given the nature of these characters and how well known they are, and the storytelling, that they lend themselves quite nicely, as they've already demonstrated to the other platforms."
Disney has already enjoyed success in the mobile market thanks to games like Where's My Water?, so we here at Arcade Sushi look forward to seeing what they'll do with the properties under the LucasArts name. We're already getting an Angry Birds/Star Wars crossover, but maybe we'll see a Where's My Water: Star Wars Edition, set on Tattooine. Or maybe they'll release more Monkey Island titles for iOS?
Whatever plans they have, we can all agree that they've taken their first steps into a larger world.