So, as announced yesterday, Lucasfilm is now owned by Disney. The details on the deal are (via io9):
I had one friend on Facebook say, “I thought George Lucas had artistic integrity, but I guess he’s willing to sell out for 4 billion dollars.”
You bet your ass he’s selling out for 4 billion dollars. That’s a four, followed by nine zeroes. Anyone would be willing to sell their property for that much. Second of all? Lucas lost his artistic integrity when he put Ewoks in Return of the Jedi because he knew he’d make more money on toys, rather than put the Wookiees as the forest-dwelling creatures as he had originally planned. He lost his artistic integrity with the Special Editions and Episode I.
I’d rather have the films in the hands of people who make good films like Toy Story or The Avengers, than the guy who made Attack of the Clones.
But I digress.
So, what does this mean for you, a gamer?
Fantasy Flight Games still owns the rights to make Star Wars games like X-Wing, Edge of the Empire and the Star Wars LCG. Once that license expires, there shouldn’t be a problem getting it back. Disney is known for leaving their properties alone. They know that Marvel knows Marvel best, so they’ve generally kept out of Marvel’s stuff. Should be the same thing with Lucasfilm. Disney’s not interested in messing with Lucasfilm’s properties; they just want to make the money off of it.
Don’t worry about the new mix-up at Lucasfilm. It’ll all work out, and be just fine. I look forward to welcoming our new mouse-eared masters.