The Walt Disney Company this week confirmed that it has shut down game development studio LucasArts in an effort to lower risk and license development of Star Wars brand titles.

In a statement released to consumer publication Game Informer, it said the company decided to shift LucasArts from an internal development studio to a licensing model and has had layoffs across the organization.

LucasArts, which pioneered original point and click PC titles including The Dig, Full Throttle, and The Secret of Monkey Island, later held success in three-dimensional titles like X-Wing and Star Wars: Dark Forces.

More recent hits included the MMORPG Knights of the Old Republic and the Star Wars: Battlefront franchise.

In Oct., The Walt Disney Company acquired Lucasfilm, which included the LucasArts development studio.

The studio is said to have had several titles in production, including Star Wars 1313 and First Assault.

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