Surfer Girl claims that LucasArts is going to pull the plug on the venerable Galaxies to make room for the new multiplayer:
The Artistic Lucases think that they have the only IP that can pose a serious challenge World of Warcraft and find that the setting of KOTOR is too niche to be a threat. They apparently expect the new Star War MMO to have at least three million subscribers by the end of the first year.
If KOTOR is too niche how come half of fandom won’t shut up about it?
Really, if true, the death of Galaxies may be just as well. They are clearly a very disturbed bunch of folks!
Even Vanity Fair is getting in on the The Force Unleashed action. I didn’t think video games existed in VF’s world. Alas, there’s no Annie Leibovitz delving into the halls of LucasArts here, but they do have exclusive images and a video.
Kotaku is reporting that LucasArts president Jim Ward has resigned “for personal reasons.” IGN reports that Howard Roffman will be filling in.
Kotaku also has word from Ward himself.
Unleashing the Tech: The Power Behind The Force explores three of the systems that power The Force Unleashed.
LucasArts at the Consumer Electronics Show. They’re showing off two games: The Force Unleashed and Fracture, as well as the new tech that powers them both.
In other news from the show, a Microsoft comedy video featured CEO Steve Ballmer dressed as Luke Skywalker (with Bill Gates as Harry Potter and Austin Powers.)
The official site gets in on the card love with their own roundup of the past 30 years of holiday cards – including (naturally) many that Slashfilm didn’t have!
In fact, there were so many great cards I had trouble picking just one for this entry… But due to my weakness for pastiche, I had to go with this 2005 JAK Films number by Erik Tiemens and Ryan Church.
A new video is up over at the LucasArts site, ‘A Force Wrecking Ball’, that discusses the game’s characters. There’s also an interesting look at how LucasArts and ILM are digitally capturing the actors, which has a corresponding story on StarWars.com.
Also, will the TFU acronym ever stop being funny? Please tell me it will.
BusinessWeek looks a the future of Star Wars gaming. It’s a nice roundup of upcoming games and what may be lurking in the wings – although no platform, not the Xbox 360, has been announced for the ‘Star Wars 2007’/Force Powers’ – The one with the demo where you throw Stormtroopers – yet.
In another corner of the ‘net, IGN has a theory… Could the 2007 game contain hints for the live-action TV series?
And you can finish off the required gaming reads of the day with a short history of LucasArts.