Several players grew up playing games made by LucasArts, but before LucasFilm’s gaming arm was known as that, it was known as Lucasfilm Games. In fact, the company became known as Lucasfilm Games from 1982 to 1990, when it changed the brand to LucasArts. Today, Disney and Lucasfilm announced that they will change the brand back to Lucasfilm Games, and with that change, apparently, comes a renewed interest in games.
Details are still very scarce, but in a brief announcement today, Disney and Lucasfilm seem to suggest that Lucasfilm Games will take a more practical approach to games in the future. “Lucasfilm’s legacy in games goes back decades,” says the ad. “And with Lucasfilm and the galaxy far, far away entering a new and unprecedented phase of creativity, the world of Lucasfilm Games too – developed in collaboration with the best studios in the industry.”
“StarWars.com is pleased to reveal that Lucasfilm Games is now the official identity for all Lucasfilm game titles, a name that encompasses the company’s rich video game catalog and look into the future,” the statement continues. New Twitter and Facebook accounts have been created for Lucasfilm Games, and fans are encouraged to also follow them for breaking news about the studio’s projects.
It remains to be seen whether this means that Lucasfilm Games will resume game development. LucasArts was an active developer and publisher until Disney acquired Lucasfilm in 2013. When that happened, Disney significantly reduced LucasArts, making it a licensor for games based on Lucasfilm properties.
Undoubtedly, there are a lot of LucasArts fans out there waiting for that name to change and Disney’s talk of a “new era” for the company means that we are about to see Lucasfilm Games return to a more active role as a developer or editor, , for now, we’ll just have to wait and see what happens. Stay tuned.