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LucasArts
The New official LucasArts logo
Type Privately-held
Founded May 1982
Headquarters San Francisco, CA, USA
Key people Jim Ward, President
Industry Software & Programming
Products Star Wars franchise, adventure games
Revenue N/A
Employees "Over 350" [1]
Slogan A LucasFilm Company
Website http://www.lucasarts.com/

LucasArts is an American video game developer and publisher. The company was famous for its line of graphic adventure games, although today it mainly publishes games based on the Star Wars franchise. Image File history File links La_new_pic. ... A privately-held corporation is one whose ownership shares are not publicly traded. ... 1982 1982 in games 1981 in video gaming 1983 in video gaming Notable events of 1982 in computer and video games. ... This page is a candidate for speedy deletion. ... It has been suggested that Multiplayer game be merged into this article or section. ... Star Wars has spawned over one hundred computer and video games, which comes of no surprise since the theatrical release of the original trilogy nearly coincided with the advent of home consoles. ... This is an article about a game company. ... Revenue is a U.S. business term for the amount of money that a company earns from its activities in a given period, mostly from sales of products and/or services to customers. ... Employment is a contract between two parties, one being the employer and the other being the employee. ... Look up Slogan in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... A website (or Web site) is a collection of web pages, typically common to a particular domain name or subdomain on the World Wide Web on the Internet. ... A video game developer is a software developer (a business or an individual) that creates computer or video games. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... This is an article about the video game genre. ... This article is about the series. ...

Contents

Company history

The company was founded in May 1982 as the video game development group of Lucasfilm Ltd., the film production company of George Lucas. Lucas had wanted his company to branch out into other areas of entertainment, and so he cooperated with Atari to produce video games. 1982 1982 in games 1981 in video gaming 1983 in video gaming Notable events of 1982 in computer and video games. ... Lucasfilm Ltd. ... George Walton Lucas, Jr. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


The first results of this collaboration were unique action games like Ballblazer and Rescue on Fractalus!. Beta versions of both games were leaked to pirate bulletin boards exactly one week after Atari received unprotected copies for a marketing review, and were in wide circulation months before the original release date. In 1984, they were released for the Atari 5200 under the Lucasfilm Games label. Versions for home computers were not released until 1985, by publisher Epyx. Lucasfilm's next two games were Koronis Rift and The Eidolon. Screenshot Ballblazer on the Atari 5200 Ballblazer is a 1985 computer game created by Lucasfilm Games (later LucasArts Entertainment). ... Screenshot Rescue on Fractalus! on the Atari 5200 Rescue On Fractalus! is a 1985 computer game created by Lucasfilm Games (later LucasArts Entertainment). ... The Atari 5200 SuperSystem, or simply Atari 5200, was a video game console introduced in 1982 by Atari as a replacement for the famous Atari 2600. ... Children playing on a Amstrad CPC 464 in the 1980s. ... Epyx, Inc. ... Koronis Rift was one of two games in Lucasfilm Games second wave (December, 1985). ... Screenshot of one of the dragons at the end of each level The Eidolon was one of two games in Lucasfilm Games second wave (December, 1985). ...


In 1990, in a reorganization of the Lucas companies, the Games Division of Lucasfilm became part of the newly created LucasArts Entertainment Company, together with Industrial Light & Magic and Skywalker Sound. Later ILM and Skywalker Sound were consolidated in Lucas Digital Ltd. and LucasArts became the official name of the former Games Division. 1990 1990 in games 1989 in video gaming 1991 in video gaming Notable events of 1990 in video gaming. ... Industrial Light + Magic is a motion picture special visual effects company, founded in July 1975 by George Lucas. ... Skywalker Sound is the renowned sound effects, sound editorial, sound design and music recording division of George Lucass Lucas Digital motion picture group. ...


Logo

The Lucasfilm Games logo
The Lucasfilm Games logo
The "Gold Guy" LucasArts logo (1991 - 2005)
The "Gold Guy" LucasArts logo (1991 - 2005)

Lucasfilm Games used a logo which was a pretty straightforward modification from its parent company's logotype. Lucasflim Games logo This is a copyrighted and/or trademarked logo. ... Lucasflim Games logo This is a copyrighted and/or trademarked logo. ... Image File history File links LucasArts_GoldGuy_logo_purple. ... Image File history File links LucasArts_GoldGuy_logo_purple. ...


The long-lived LucasArts logo, affectionately known as the "Gold Guy", was introduced in 1991 and consisted of a crude gold-colored figure resembling a petroglyph, standing on a purple letter "L" inscribed with the company name. The figure had its hands up in the air, as if a sun was rising from behind him. It was also said to resemble an eye, with the rays of the sun as eyelashes. The logo was revised in late 2005, losing the letter "L" pedestal and introducing a more rounded version of the gold-colored figure. In the games, the figure sometimes does an action like throw a lightsaber or cast Force Lightning. The logo is possibly a reference to the ending of George Lucas' first film, THX 1138, in which the sillouette of the main character stands with his arms raised during sunset. Petroglyphs on Newspaper Rock State Historic Monument, southern Utah, USA Petroglyphs are images incised in rock, usually by prehistoric, especially Neolithic, peoples. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... Force lightning is an offensive technique in the fictional Star Wars universe. ... THX 1138 was George Lucas first full length movie. ...

The disputed Remedy Entertainment logo
The disputed Remedy Entertainment logo

In 1998, LucasArts approached the Finnish game developer Remedy Entertainment, citing that their logo was copied from the top portion of the LucasArts logo and threatening legal action. [2] Remedy was by that time already in the process of redesigning their logo, so they complied by taking the old logo offline from their website and introducing a new logo a little later.
Image File history File links Old_Remedy_logo. ... Image File history File links Old_Remedy_logo. ... Remedy Entertainment is a Finnish computer game developer founded in 1995 based in Espoo, Finland. ...


Adventure games

Zak McKracken and the Alien Mindbenders (1988)
Zak McKracken and the Alien Mindbenders (1988)

The first adventure game developed by Lucasfilm Games was Labyrinth (1986), based on the Lucasfilm movie of the same name. ICOM's Deja Vu inspired the 1987 title Maniac Mansion which introduced SCUMM, the scripting language behind most of the company's later adventure offerings. The adventures released in the following years, such as Zak McKracken and the Alien Mindbenders (1988), Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade: The Graphic Adventure (1989) and especially the critically-acclaimed The Secret of Monkey Island (1990), helped Lucasfilm Games build a reputation as one of the leading developers in the genre. It was often referred to as one of the two big names in the field, competing with Sierra Online as a developer of high quality adventures. The first half of the 1990s was the heyday for the company's adventure fame, with classic titles such as Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge (1991), Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis (1992) and the Maniac Mansion sequel Day of the Tentacle (1993). In the latter half of the decade, the popularity of adventure games faded and the costs associated with game development increased as high-resolution art and CD quality audio became standard fare. The PC market wanted titles that would show off expensive new graphics cards to best effect, a change replicated in the home console market as the 3D capabilities of the Sony PlayStation and its competitors the Sega Saturn and Nintendo's N64 dictated the nature of the majority of games produced for those platforms. The adventure genre -- two dimensional, focused on story, script and puzzle solving -- was no longer popular with the masses of new gamers. Before concentrating almost exclusively on Star Wars titles, LucasArts was known for their point-and-click adventure games, nearly all of which received high scoring reviews at the time of their release. ... A screenshot from Zak McKracken and the Alien Mindbenders. ... A screenshot from Zak McKracken and the Alien Mindbenders. ... Labyrinth: The Computer Game is an early computer adventure game, inspired by the Jim Henson fantasy film, Labyrinth. ... ICOM Simulations was a software company best known for creating the MacVenture series of adventure games including Shadowgate. ... Deja Vu: A Nightmare Comes True is a point-and-click adventure game set in the world of 1940s hard-boiled detective novels and movies. ... Maniac Mansion is a graphical adventure game originally released in 1987 by Lucasfilm Games (now known as LucasArts). ... SCUMM stands for Script Creation Utility for Maniac Mansion and is a scripting language developed at LucasArts (known at the time as Lucasfilm Games) to ease development of the graphical adventure game Maniac Mansion. ... A screenshot of Zak McKracken, Enhanced EGA PC version. ... Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade is a graphical adventure game, originally released in 1989, published by Lucasfilm Games (now LucasArts). ... The Secret of Monkey Island (SMI) is a well known adventure game that spawned a series of famous and classic comedy adventure games, known as the Monkey Island series as well as making a name for LucasArts as a producer of adventure games, thus the largest competitor with Sierra Online... Sierra Entertainment was a computer game developer and publisher active from 1980 to 2004. ... Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis (sometimes also referred to as Indiana Jones 4) is a graphical adventure game, originally released in 1992 and published by LucasArts. ... Maniac Mansion: Day of the Tentacle (DoTT) is a graphical adventure game, originally released in 1993, and published by LucasArts. ... A GeForce 4 4200-based graphics card A graphics card or video card is a component of a computer which is designed to convert a logical representation of an image stored in memory to a signal that can be used as input for a display medium, most often a monitor... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... The Sony PlayStation ) is a video game console of the 32/64-bit era, first produced by Sony Computer Entertainment in the mid-1990s. ... The Sega Saturn ) is a 32-bit video game console, first released on November 22, 1994 in Japan, May 11, 1995 in North America and July 8, 1995 in Europe. ... Nintendo Company, Limited (任天堂 or ニンテンドー Nintendō; NASDAQ: NTDOY, TYO: 7974 usually referred to as simply Nintendo, or Big N ) is a multinational corporation founded on September 23, 1889[1] in Kyoto, Japan by Fusajiro Yamauchi to produce handmade hanafuda cards. ... An N64 (with Super Smash Bros. ...

Grim Fandango (1998)
Grim Fandango (1998)

LucasArts still managed to release commercially moderately successful titles: The Curse of Monkey Island (1997) was the last LucasArts adventure game to retain traditional two-dimensional graphics and point-and-click interface. Grim Fandango (1998) was LucasArts' first attempt to convert 2D adventure to a 3D environment. The game interface suffered most from this conversion, with control of the protagonist becoming unwieldy and less intuitive than with the traditional mouse interface. However, the highly stylised visuals, superb voice acting and sophisticated writing more than made up for this flaw, earning Grim Fandango GameSpot's Game of the Year award. [3] Image File history File links Grim_Fandango_cutscene. ... Image File history File links Grim_Fandango_cutscene. ... The Curse of Monkey Island (CMI) is the third game in the Monkey Island series of computer adventure games by LucasArts, following the successful games The Secret of Monkey Island and Monkey Island 2: LeChucks Revenge. ... Point and click describes the simple action of a computer user moving a cursor to a certain location on a screen (point) and then clicking a mouse button, usually the left one (click), or other pointing device. ... Grim Fandango is a graphical adventure computer game released by LucasArts in 1998, the title derived from a line of a mournful poem read by one of the characters in the game. ...


Escape from Monkey Island (2000), the fourth installment to the Monkey Island series, featured the same control scheme as Grim Fandango and was generally well received. It is to date the last adventure game the company has released. A sequel to Full Throttle and a new Sam & Max game were in development but these projects got cancelled, in 2003 and 2004 respectively, before the games were finished. The Sam and Max franchise was eventually passed on to another studio who developed it in an episodic format. Escape from Monkey Island (EMI) is the fourth, and currently final, game in the Monkey Island series of computer adventure games, released in 2000 by LucasArts, following the successful games The Secret of Monkey Island (SMI), Monkey Island 2: LeChucks Revenge (MI2), and The Curse of Monkey Island (CMI). ... Full Throttle is a graphical adventure game, originally developed in-house and released in May 1995 by LucasArts. ... Sam and Max are a pair of fictional comic book characters who occupy a parody of American popular culture. ... It has been suggested that Culture Shock, Situation: Comedy, The Mole, the Mob, and the Meatball, Abe Lincoln Must Die!, Reality 2. ...


The release of the unofficial SCUMM virtual machine, ScummVM, has led to something of a resurgence for LucasArts adventure games among present-day gamers. Using ScummVM, legacy adventure titles can easily be run on modern computers and even more unusual platforms such as mobile phones and PDAs.
In computer science, a virtual machine is software that creates a virtualized environment between the computer platform and its operating system, so that the end user can operate software on an abstract machine. ... ScummVM is a multi-platform stack-based virtual machine which was originally made to allow one to play LucasArts adventure games that use the SCUMM system on platforms other than those for which they were originally released. ... palmOne Tungsten T5 Personal digital assistants (PDAs) are handheld computers that were originally designed as personal organizers, but became much more versatile over the years. ...


Military simulations

In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Lucasfilm Games developed a series of military simulation games, the first of which were the naval simulations PHM Pegasus and Strike Fleet in 1987. These two titles were published by Electronic Arts for a variety of computer platforms, including PC, Commodore 64 and Apple II. Wooden mechanical horse simulator during WWI. A simulation is an imitation of some real thing, state of affairs, or process. ... Strike Fleet is a 1987 computer game developed by LucasArts and published by Electronic Arts. ... EA redirects here. ...


In 1988, Battlehawks 1942 launched a trilogy of World War II air combat simulations, giving the player a chance to fly as an American or Japanese pilot in the Pacific Theater. Battlehawks 1942 was followed by Their Finest Hour: The Battle of Britain (1989), recreating the battle between the Luftwaffe and RAF for Britain's air supremacy. The trilogy ended with Secret Weapons of the Luftwaffe in 1991, in which the player could choose to fly on either the American or German side. The trilogy was lauded for its historical accuracy and detailed supplementary material - Secret Weapons of the Luftwaffe, for instance, was accompanied by a 224-page historical manual. Battlehawks 1942 is a World War II flight simulation video game released in 1988 by LucasFilm Games. ... Combatants Allied Powers Axis Powers Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000,000 Total dead: 50,000,000 Military dead: 8,000,000 Civilian dead: 4,000,000 Total dead 12,000,000 World War II (abbreviated WWII), or the Second World War, was a worldwide conflict... A map of the Pacific Theatre. ... This does not cite its references or sources. ... RAF redirects here. ...


The WWII trilogy was created by a team led by Lawrence Holland, a game designer who later founded Totally Games. Totally Games would continue to develop games almost exclusively to LucasArts, the most noted outcome of the symbiosis being the X-Wing series. They were also responsible for LucasArts' 2003 return to the aerial battles of World War II with Secret Weapons Over Normandy, a title released on PlayStation 2, Xbox and PC. The 2000 Windsor municipal election was held in the City of Windsor, Ontario to elect a mayor, councillors and school trustees. ... A PC/video game company from the brain of Lawrence Holland. ... This article may not meet Wikipedias content policies because it lacks an encyclopedic perspective. ...


First Star Wars games

Even though LucasArts had created games based on other Lucasfilm properties before (Labyrinth, Indiana Jones), they didn't use the most promising Lucasfilm license until the early 1990s: Star Wars action games began appearing on the Nintendo consoles, but were developed by other companies for LucasArts. The first in-house development was the space combat simulator X-Wing, developed by Larry Holland's team, which went on to spawn a successful series. Labyrinth Animated Title Labyrinth is a 1986 fantasy film directed by Jim Henson. ... Dr. Henry Indiana Jones, Jr. ... Nintendo Company, Limited (任天堂 or ニンテンドー Nintendō; NASDAQ: NTDOY, TYO: 7974 usually referred to as simply Nintendo, or Big N ) is a multinational corporation founded on September 23, 1889[1] in Kyoto, Japan by Fusajiro Yamauchi to produce handmade hanafuda cards. ... The X-Wing computer game series is a series of space simulation computer games set in the Star Wars universe that attempts to, faithfully to the movies, simulate the fictional experience of starfighter combat. ...


The CD-ROM-only Star Wars game Rebel Assault became one of the biggest successes of the company and was considered a killer app for CD-ROM drives in the early 1990s. Star Wars: Rebel Assault was the first CD ROM-only game published by Lucasarts, set in the Star Wars universe. ... A killer application (commonly shortened to killer app) is a computer program that is so useful that people will buy a particular computer hardware, gaming console, and/or an operating system simply to run that program. ...


First-person shooters

After the unprecedented success of id Software's Doom the PC gaming market shifted towards production of three dimensional first person shooters. LucasArts contributed to this trend with the 1995 release of Star Wars: Dark Forces, a first person shooter that successfully transplanted the Doom formula to a Star Wars setting. The Dark Forces Strategy guide claims that development was well underway before Doom was released and that the game was pushed back once Doom hit shelves so that it could be polished. The game was well received and spawned a new franchise: the Jedi Knight games. This began with the sequel to Dark Forces, Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II released in 1997; this game reflected the changing face of PC gaming, being one of the first games to appreciably benefit when used in conjunction with a dedicated 3D graphics card like 3dfx's Voodoo range. The game received an expansion pack, Mysteries of the Sith, in 1998 and a full sequel in 2002 with Star Wars: Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast. 2003's Star Wars: Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy can be seen as a spin-off from the series, but was less well received by reviewers, who complained that the franchise was becoming formulaic. id Software (IPA: officially, though originally ) is an American computer game developer based in Mesquite, Texas, a suburb of Dallas. ... Doom (or DOOM)[1] is a 1993 computer game by id Software that is among the landmark titles in the first-person shooter genre. ... A first-person shooter (FPS) is a computer or video game where the players on-screen view of the game world simulates that of the character, and there is some element of shooting involved. ... Star Wars: Dark Forces is a video game produced by the LucasArts Entertainment Company. ... Star Wars: Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II (aka JK) is a first person shooter computer game released September 30, 1997, by LucasArts. ... A graphics/video/display card/board/adapter is a computer component designed to convert the logical representation of visual information into a signal that can be used as input for a display medium. ... 3dfx Interactive was a company which specialized in the manufacturing of cutting-edge 3D graphics processing units and, later, graphics cards. ... An expansion pack is an addition to an existing game. ... Jedi Knight: Mysteries of the Sith (aka MoTS) is the expansion pack for the first person shooter Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II. It was released January 31, 1998. ...


Apart from Star Wars-themed 3D shooters, LucasArts also created the western-themed game Outlaws in 1997 and Armed and Dangerous – in collaboration with Planet Moon Studios – in 2003. Outlaws is a first-person shooter Doom clone released by Lucasarts in 1997 using an enhanced version of the Star Wars: Dark Forces graphics engine. ... Armed & Dangerous is a video game created by Planet Moon Studios in collaboration with LucasArts. ... Planet Moon Studios is a game development studio based in San Francisco, California founded by ex-Shiny Entertainment developers Nick Bruty (President) and Bob Stevenson (CEO) in 1997. ...


In the new millennium

As the quantity of Star Wars games increased, many critics felt the quality began to drop; this was especially noted with the titles released since the cinematic release of The Phantom Menace.[citation needed] Film poster for Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace is a 1999 film by George Lucas starring Liam Neeson, Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman, and Jake Lloyd. ...


In 2002, LucasArts recognized that the over-reliance on Star Wars was reducing the quality of its output, and announced that future releases would be at least 50% non-Star Wars-related. However, many of the original titles were either unsuccessful or even cancelled before release and currently LucasArts has again mainly Star Wars titles in production.


2003 saw the fruitful collaboration of LucasArts and BioWare on the exceptionally well reviewed role-playing game, Knights of the Old Republic. Combining a three dimensional environment with the type of storytelling and writing that made LucasArts' early adventure games so memorable, this game was seen as breathing new life into the Star Wars franchise. Its 2005 sequel Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords continued in the same vein, attempting to adopt a similar template as the original, uniting top notch voice acting with an unfolding story which picked up where the last game left off. However, LucasArts was criticized for forcing the developer Obsidian Entertainment to release the sequel too early, resulting in a significant amount of unfinished content being cut from the game and what many consider to be a disappointing and convoluted storyline with an incomplete ending. BioWare Corp. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (KotOR) is an RPG video game originally for the Microsoft Xbox and later for PCs running Microsoft Windows. ... Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords (KOTOR II) is an RPG video game for the PC and the Microsoft Xbox. ... Obsidian Entertainment, founded and located in Santa Ana, California since 2003 after the disestablishment of Interplay Productions Black Isle Studios, is an entertainment software developer for PC and console systems. ...


In 2003 LucasArts and the Star Wars franchise also branched out in a new direction - the world of the MMORPG, with the creation of Star Wars Galaxies. After a successful launch, the first expansion, Jump to Lightspeed, was released in 2004. The new expansion featured the addition of real-time space combat. This was continued in Rage of the Wookies, an additional expansion which added an additional planet for users to explore. Also, a new expansion, The Trials of Obi-Wan was released November 1, 2005 consisting of several new missions focusing on the Episode 3 planet, Mustafar. While Star Wars Galaxies still retains a rabid following, it has also alienated many players. Although it is currently the most popular class in the game, Star Wars Galaxies has chosen to ignore the timeline established in the original films, during which the game is set, and has allowed players to play as Jedi characters. The game has also undergone several major redesigns, which have been received with decidedly mixed reactions by players. Perhaps in one of the most telling examples of problems with the game, smugglers are actually still unable to smuggle, over three years after the game launched. Improvements into the game are still undergoing with the publish plan giving all the combat and non combat professions diversity in skill tree boxes similar to the well known MMO World of Warcraft. Game Developers expect the game to be more of a complete product around summer 2007 An image from World of Warcraft, one of the largest commercial MMORPGs as of 2007, based on active subscriptions. ... Star Wars Galaxies (often abbreviated SWG or Galaxies by fans) is a Star Wars themed MMORPG platform for Microsoft Windows PCs, developed by Sony Online Entertainment and published by LucasArts. ... Star Wars Galaxies (often abbreviated SWG or Galaxies by fans) is a Star Wars themed MMORPG platform for Microsoft Windows PCs, developed by Sony Online Entertainment and published by LucasArts. ... Star Wars Galaxies (often abbreviated SWG or Galaxies by fans) is a Star Wars themed MMORPG platform for Microsoft Windows PCs, developed by Sony Online Entertainment and published by LucasArts. ...


In 2004, LucasArts released Star Wars: Battlefront, based on the same formula as the popular Battlefield series of games. It has ended up being the best-selling Star Wars game of all time. Its sequel, Star Wars: Battlefront II, was released November 1st, 2005 and features new locales such as Episode III planets Mustafar, Mygeeto, etc., in addition to space combat and playable Jedi. Electronic Arts Battlefield franchise is a series of computer and console games that started with the PC game Battlefield 1942. ...


In May 2005, LucasArts released Revenge of the Sith, a third person action game based on the film.


Also in 2005, LucasArts released Star Wars: Republic Commando, and one of their few non-Star Wars games, Mercenaries, developed by Pandemic Studios. Pandemic Studios is a video game developer notable for creating destructable environments that is based in Los Angeles, California and Brisbane, Australia. ...


On February 16, 2006, LucasArts released Star Wars: Empire at War, a real-time strategy game developed by Petroglyph. Real-time strategy, often abbreviated RTS, is a genre of computer games characterized by being wargames which take place in real-time, where resource gathering, base building, technology development and direct control over individual units are key components. ... Petroglyph is a game studio based in Las Vegas, Nevada. ...


September 12 saw the release of Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy, the sequel to the popular Lego Star Wars: The Video Game. Lego Star Wars II follows the same basic format as the first game, but, as the name indicates, covers the original Star Wars trilogy.


The future

A new game based on the Indiana Jones franchise will be released on next-gen consoles (it is currently listed as an Xbox 360, Nintendo DS, and PS3 game). An expansion for Star Wars: Empire at War was released on October 26, 2006. Dr. Henry Indiana Jones, Jr. ... The Xbox 360 is the successor to Microsofts Xbox video game console, developed in cooperation with IBM, ATI, Samsung and SiS. Information on the console first came through viral marketing campaigns and it was officially unveiled on MTV on May 12, 2005, with detailed launch and game information divulged... The Nintendo DS, sometimes abbreviated NDS or DS, is a handheld game console developed and manufactured by Nintendo, and first released in 2004. ... PS3 redirects here. ...


Despite speculation, LucasArts has not announced a Jedi Knight 4 or a Knights of the Old Republic 3, though the latter has been hinted. This article or section should include material from Jedi Sentinel —The Jedi Code — Obi-Wan Kenobi The Jedi Knights are a fictional brotherhood and organization from the Star Wars series of films by George Lucas. ... Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (KotOR) is an RPG video game originally for the Microsoft Xbox and later for PCs running Microsoft Windows. ...


Although there are no titles or announcements, it is hinted that LucasArts might develop games for Nintendo's Wii console in the future. [4] Nintendo Company, Limited (任天堂 or ニンテンドー Nintendō; NASDAQ: NTDOY, TYO: 7974 usually referred to as simply Nintendo, or Big N ) is a multinational corporation founded on September 23, 1889[1] in Kyoto, Japan by Fusajiro Yamauchi to produce handmade hanafuda cards. ... The Wii (pronounced as the pronoun we, IPA: ) is the fifth video game console released by Nintendo. ...


E3 2006 yielded a sample of the next Star Wars Game, titled Star Wars 2007/Star Wars Force Unleashed. It will use two pieces of technology LucasArts has developed in conjunction with third parties, called Euphoria and "digital molecular matter." The former is an environmental awareness system that will let artificial intelligence characters interact in ways like dynamically grabbing onto a ledge when falling. The latter simulates a wide range of materials realistically. Since E3 2006, the game has been confirmed and titled as Star Wars: The Force Unleashed. It is slated for a 2007 release.


Also, English development studio Free Radical Design, of Timesplitters fame, has revealed that they are working on a project for Lucasarts; however there is no further information other than it is a work in progress. The companys original logo (1998-2006) Free Radical Design is a video game developer, based in Nottingham, England. ... For the race of creatures from the series see: TimeSplitters (race). ...


The official LucasArts website (www.lucasarts.com) was redesigned as of February 2007.


Other releases

In 2002, LucasArts released a compilation CD filled with music from their past games. The album is entitled 'The Best of LucasArts Original Soundtracks', featuring music from The Monkey Island Series, Grim Fandango, Outlaws, and The Dig. Grim Fandango is a graphical adventure computer game released by LucasArts in 1998, the title derived from a line of a mournful poem read by one of the characters in the game. ... Outlaws is a first-person shooter Doom clone released by LucasArts in 1997 using an enhanced version of the Jedi game engine, first seen in Star Wars: Dark Forces. ... The Dig is a graphical adventure game developed by LucasArts and released in 1995, and a novel based on the game written by Alan Dean Foster. ...


In 1996, LucasArts released Afterlife, a sim game in which the player builds its own Heaven and Hell, with several jokes and puns (such as a prison in Hell called San Quentin Tarantino) 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... Afterlife is a game released by LucasArts in 1996 that pit you as a semi-omnipotent being. ... A simulation game, or sim game, (also known as a game of status or mixed game) is a game that contains a mixture of skill, a chance and strategy to simulate an aspect of reality, such as a stock exchange. ... Heaven is a concept found in many religions or spiritual philosophies, typically described as the Holiest place, accessible according to standards of divinity (goodness, etc. ... Medieval illustration of Hell in the Hortus deliciarum manuscript of Herrad of Landsberg (about 1180) A hell, according to many religious beliefs, is an afterlife of suffering where the wicked or unrighteous dead are punished. ... The sprawling San Quentin prison complex San Quentin up close San Quentin State Prison is located on 432 acres (1. ... Quentin Jerome Tarantino (born March 27, 1963) is an American film director, actor, and Oscar-winning screenwriter. ...


A video game entitled Traxion was announced. Traxion was a rhythm game which was under development for the PlayStation Portable by British developer Kuju Entertainment, scheduled to be released in Q4 2006 by LucasArts, but cancelled in January 2007. The game was to feature a number of minigames, and would support imported songs from the player's own library as well as the game's bundled collection.


See also

Lucasarts has been making games for years. ... This is a list of LucasArts Star Wars games. ... Before concentrating almost exclusively on Star Wars titles, LucasArts was known for their point-and-click adventure games, nearly all of which received high scoring reviews at the time of their release. ... SCUMM stands for Script Creation Utility for Maniac Mansion and is a scripting language developed at LucasArts (known at the time as Lucasfilm Games) to ease development of the graphical adventure game Maniac Mansion. ... iMUSE (stands for Interactive MUsic Streaming Engine) is a game engine specifically designed to synchronize music with visual action in a videogame. ... This does not cite its references or sources. ... INSANE is a proprietary INteractive Streaming ANimation Engine developed by LucasArts. ... ScummVM is a multi-platform stack-based virtual machine which was originally made to allow one to play LucasArts adventure games that use the SCUMM system on platforms other than those for which they were originally released. ...

References

  • "LucasArts Fights Remedy Logo" by Next-Generation Online, July 16, 1998. Retrieved May 12, 2006
  • Miller, Scott (July 17, 1998). "News Bulletin: Developers Beware!". Retrieved May 12, 2006.

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LucasArts: Information from Answers.com (2233 words)
The long-lived LucasArts logo, affectionately known as the "Gold Guy", was introduced in 1991 and consisted of a crude gold-colored figure resembling a petroglyph, standing on a purple letter "L" inscribed with the company name.
In 1998, LucasArts approached the Finnish game developer Remedy Entertainment, citing that their logo was copied from the top portion of the LucasArts logo and threatening legal action.
However, LucasArts was criticized for forcing the developer Obsidian Entertainment to release the sequel too early, resulting in a significant amount of unfinished content being cut from the game and what many consider to be a disappointing and convoluted storyline with an incomplete ending.
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LucasArts is a leading publisher and developer of interactive entertainment software for video game console systems and personal computers.
LucasArts games continually receive critical acclaim and attain commercial success, with the company’s products often earning Game of the Year honors, including multiple awards from the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences.
LucasArts is also committed to exploring exciting and new original titles such as the explosive game Mercenaries, a revolutionary third-person combat-action game that gives players the opportunity to take on the role of a soldier for hire in an open-ended world.
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