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LucasArts scales down internal dev staff - Report

09/02/2010 LucasArts scales down internal dev staff - Report

Star Wars studio said to have trimmed some 85 positions in advance of The Force Unleashed II's October 26 release.


In the last couple of months, Rockstar Games , Sony Online Entertainment, Firaxis , Realtime Worlds, and Ubisoftall employees sent packing, for reasons ranging from studios to bankruptcy all the popular "reallocation of resources." Now, it seems as if another studio can be added to this list, as Kotaku reports today that some 60 developers and 25 external manufacturing and quality staff were shown the door at Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II developer and publisher LucasArts.

It isn't a Force choke, but it still smarts.

The layoffs reportedly follow on from the completion of The Force Unleashed II, which is due to arrive for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PSP, Wii, and DS on October 26. In a statement provided to the news site, LucasArts confirmed the layoffs, saying that the reductions do not signal an end for the company's internal development efforts.

"LucasArts is reorganizing its teams to better address the needs of the internal studio. Unfortunately, this means adjusting staffing," LucasArts reportedly said in a statement. "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."

It is noteworthy that LucasArts has done the same wave of layoffs following the completion of the initial Force Unleashed Who sold more than 7 million units following its September 2008 launch. The Star Wars house has also taken measures to strengthen its internal development operations, announcing last month that it had signed on former Ubisoft Montreal creative director Clint Hockingto development on a new, unannounced project.

LucasArts did not respond to a request GameSpot 'for comments from the press of time. For more information about Force Unleashed II, check GameSpot 's previous coverage .

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"LucasArts scales down internal dev staff - Report" was posted by Tom Magrino on Wed, 01 Sep 2010 17:02:25 -0700


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