Disney Shuts Down LucasArts, Everyone Rages

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I’ve been relatively quiet about the entire Disney/LucasFilm debacle as it’s gone down between time commitments and personal issues. However, this latest news is something that is so bizarrely awful, it hurts. LucasArts, the studio that brought us both fantastic and not-so-fantastic games, has been shut down according to a reliable Kotaku source. The future of the currently in-development game Star Wars: 1313 and the rumored Star Wars: First Contact is unknown.

Polygon:

Polygon reached out to LucasArts for comment and was told that the shift to a licensing model means LucasArts will no longer be developing games internally. Instead, the studio will be handing game development to third party developers. The studio confirmed that LucasArts will no longer be handling the development of Star Wars 1313, and it is exploring other avenues to release the game, although the future of 1313 and other Star Wars titles is currently uncertain.

It should be noted that the extremely popular KOTOR series was not solely developed in-house as BioWare, developer of Mass Effect and Dragon Age, was involved. However, the fact that 1313 isn’t for sure going to be developed is concerning for fans who wanted to see an M-rated game to come out of the Star Wars franchise for once. It’s also concerned because if it were to change houses, nobody truly knows if the game will stay the same since the people developing the game will most likely not be the same.

This hurts. This hurts a lot.

Source: Kotaku

“The Lawless” Delivers a Perfect End for “Mauldalore” – Our Review

Mortality separates heroes from villains.

In Memory of Ian Abercrombie

For watchers of The Clone Wars and anybody who follows the news streams, we know that Ian Abercrombie, the voice of Palpatine throughout the series, had passed away in early 2012. This brought doubts to what his final performance would be or even if he had a complete performance done. News from Dave Filoni confirmed that Abercrombie’s last performance would be spectacular.

I think those of us who watched it can safely say that, yes, this performance was spectacular and definitely worthy of the title of Ian Abercrombie’s last performance (if there is nothing else that he had done before his passing). Let’s see how we get to his performance with the review of “The Lawless.”

As always, spoilers after the break.

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The Time Has Come: Review of “Shades of Reason”

Alliances can stall true intentions.

Never before has a quote been so appropriate for an episode. Well, perhaps a few. But this time, you can definitely see what the writers were aiming for when they chose to use that in their title sequences. Last week with “Eminence“, we saw the forging of an alliance between Maul and Savage on one side and Pre Vizsla and Death Watch on the other. The seams of their alliances were beginning to tear at the end but this week with “Shades of Reason,” the seams are ripped apart.

As always, spoilers are after the break.

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Maul and Savage Return: Review of “Eminence”

One vision can have many interpretations.

With the arrival of “Eminence,” think it’s safe to say that The Clone Wars is definitely back in action with a fast-paced episode, continuing the arc that a number of people have been wanting: “Mauldalore.” We’ve seen it in previews for the seasons, we’ve seen screen captures and we’ve read numerous articles on it. Hell, we’ve even seen the first episode of the arc since it was the first episode of the season.

Now the time has come to continue the arc. And boy, we’re in for a treat.

As with most reviews, spoilers are after the cut.

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“Point of No Return” Ends with a Bang

You must trust in others or success is impossible.

Who says children’s cartoons have to be all sunshine and happiness? Why not add some explosions and drama? Well, it looks like Filoni and team had that thought in their mind while they worked on “Point of No Return,” the last episode of the D-Squad Arc where we have come to know and love (or hate) Colonel Gascon, WAC, and the other astromechs that were on this wild mission.

So, shall we see if “Point of No Return” holds up? As always, spoilers are below.

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“Missing in Action” Provides the Action We Were Looking For

A soldier’s most powerful weapon is courage.

The Clone Wars has made it back to the small screen after the mid-season break that seemed to go on for longer than the four weeks it spanned and, thankfully, the episode was absolutely worth the wait. In fact, it may make most everybody who was wanting action, and more importantly, clones, happy. While it’s not without it’s flaws, it’s definitely a great way to bring the season back to life.

As with most reviews, spoilers are after the cut.

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Montage of the previous TCW episodes hinting at Ahsoka’s fall?

Because we need more teasing before the season starts again this Saturday. The folks on the Star Wars YouTube channel has released a five-and-a-half minute long clip, highlighting the best parts of The Clone Wars series in celebration of the 100th episode to air. I definitely agree with the majority of the clips but could have done without seeing the Mortis arc again. That said, if you’re a TCW fan or even remotely interested in what the series has to offer, it’s worth a watch.

There’s also something to be noticed, hinting at future plot lines.

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“Missing in Action” Guide is Online!

We’re all excited for the return of The Clone Wars. We’re also especially excited for the appearance of a clone commando in action like those of Delta Squad and Omega Squad that were featured in the Republic Commando series of books and game. The folks over at Lucasfilm have decided to tease us just a little more by releasing the guide for the upcoming episode, “Missing in Action.” [Read more...]

Deal! LEGO Star Wars Fury-class Interceptor – $69.99

If you’re a fan of awesome LEGO sets, then Amazon and K-Mart have your next project. While regularly listed at $89.99, both stores have the LEGO Star Wars Sith Fury-class Interceptor (the one that Darth Malgus appears in in the SW:TOR opening sequence, “Return“) for $69.99. It’s not the biggest deal but since it’s just after the holidays, we’re sure that you have a K-Mart or (more likely) Amazon gift card laying around, just begging to be used for something awesome like this. Not sure how long this deal lasts so if you want it, you better act quickly!

EDIT: Seems the deal is already over. Sorry!

Links: Amazon, K-Mart