Electronic Arts Might Have Considered Buying LucasArts
Yesterday, Kotaku reported Electronic Arts may buy LucasArts, but EA quickly dismissed that, saying:
“The entire game industry is in transition as we build more efficient organizations to deliver games on popular new platforms like mobile and consoles. EA is not currently considering any major acquisitions.”
Kotaku may not have been entirely wrong, however, as the possibility that EA once considered buying LucasArts still exists.
Kotaku’s sources told it that EA considered purchasing LucasArts for an unknown amount, but the fiasco launch of SimCity and John Riccitiello’s resignation led to any sort of deal falling apart.
Evidence to this was alleged footage provided to Kotaku, showing a Star Wars game codenamed “Version Two.” The game was apparently supposed to be Star Wars Battlefield III, and was being developed internally at LucasArts.
Disney has since closed LucasArts, and it will continue on as a licensing studio only.