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LucasArts Declares Dedication to Innovation

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Ripping pretty much wholesale from the IGN Article of the same name

'LucasArts had seen a lot of success establishing new IPs in the 90s, but as of late the company has sort of "lost it." In particular, he wants his company to be known for more than just Star Wars and Indiana Jones. These are very profitable franchises, though, so moving forward, its priorities will be Star Wars, Indiana Jones, and new IPs.'

Can anyone else say opportunistic business move?

Is is me, or since the release & success of the Will has 'innovative' become to the video game industry the kind of buzzword that 'Green' & 'environmentally friendly' are to, well, pretty much every other consumer facing business at the moment?

:D

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  • @Shauntron said: Yeah, but he pretty became what he was trying to protect himself from: a bottom-line control freak who won't listen to anyone.

    So true

  • @Erwin said: Isn't 'being in control' what indie movies are about?

    --Erwin

    Yeah, but he believes that the movies should be owned and controlled by the filmmakers rather than the corperate Bigwigs.

    To put it simply, he hates bigwig companies and ironically, he became one.


    If I recall, I remember an old magazine interview about ep 1 where George Lucas said that he doesn't check the net about fan's reactions to his movies because he has a life and that he talked about star wars as if it was a corperate product than something he personally enjoys making.

  • So how many times has LucasArts announced they were returning to innovation now? I think this is at least the fourth.

  • @Chuck said: So how many times has LucasArts announced they were returning to innovation now? I think this is at least the fourth.

    Simon Jeffrey was the only one who meant it.. unfortunately his game's wern't successful enough for him to oversee Freelance Police's successful release :(

  • [quote=doom saber;29335]Yeah, but he believes that the movies should be owned and controlled by the filmmakers rather than the corperate Bigwigs.

    To put it simply, he hates bigwig companies and ironically, he became one.[/quote]
    Has LucasFilm ever made a film where Lucas wasn't a very significant if not the most significant filmmaker?

    Ultimately due to the success of his films he's become a corporate bigwig, whilst still a filmmaker, the only way to prevent a conflict between his filmmakers/bigwigs control mantra is to just give up (perhaps he should have done so before Phantom Menace and Jar Jar :D).

    The Freelance Police/graphic adventure issue is different - ultimately they didn't comprise, but obviously decided that Sam and Max and graphic adventures in general weren't viable. They could have been wrong, but they'd had, and still will have more information than we do. They don't just axe projects late on out of spite.

    The only real comitment a large company will make is to money, they'll inovate only if they think it will help this.

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    jmm

    I think what ultimately led them to chop S&M: FP at that dev stage was that the game would not be 'on-time'. the license for S&M would have expired probably before the game was released and LA was unwilling to continue with Adventure games and thus unwilling to spend money trying to extend the license for S&M from David Purcell.

  • I always thought that they gave up on the Adventure game scene was because of the constant amount of delays that Full Throttle and S&M had.

  • [quote=jmm;29412]I think what ultimately led them to chop S&M: FP at that dev stage was that the game would not be 'on-time'. the license for S&M would have expired probably before the game was released and LA was unwilling to continue with Adventure games and thus unwilling to spend money trying to extend the license for S&M from David Purcell.[/quote]That's still a case of them not thinking it would be viable (in this case with the added cost of extending the licence thrown in).

  • @David Giles said: Has LucasFilm ever made a film where Lucas wasn't a very significant if not the most significant filmmaker?

    Yeah, it is called Howard The Duck :p

  • Also: Radioland Murders, Tucker: A Man and His Dream

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