Rumor: New LucasArts president cancels Force Unleashed III, morale and productivity at “all time lows”

Wednesday, 18 August 2010 04:49 GMT By Nathan Grayson


“I have a bad feeling about this.”

It doesn’t take a highly attuned Force user to see that something’s amiss at LucasArts. After all, executive producers don’t just up and leave their sequels to the most successful Star Wars game of all time every day. So, how bad is it? According to a report from Kotaku, Darth Vader “NOOOOOOO” bad.

First up, new LucasArts president Paul Meegan apparently hit the kill switch on the already in-development Star Wars: The Force Unleashed III, which likely explains why Haden Blackman flew the coop. In addition, the Force Unleashed II team will probably not reach the end of its development cycle fully intact.

Another “top secret” project is said to be on hold, with its developers told to “expect management and reporting changes” – mostly as a result of Blackman’s departure.

Apparently, Meegan’s tearing up his company’s old highway to pave way for a new, more internally focused one. Did Lego Star Wars and Lego Indiana Jones resurrect your long thought dead inner child? Too bad. Those franchises are done, according to unnamed sources. In fact, Star Wars: The Old Republic will be LucasArts’ last externally developed game.

As a result of, you know, the sky falling, LucasArts’ morale and productivity are said to be at “all time lows.”

We’ll get in touch with LucasArts and see if things are actually as bad as they sound.