Disney has announced that LucasArts will cease to develop games as of today. Shifting the studio to a licensing-only model, it will likely mean the end of the road for the exceptionally promising Star Wars 1313 and Star Wars: First Assault.

A statement issued to Game Informer also confirmed that many LucasArts' employees would, unfortunately, lose their jobs.

"After evaluating our position in the games market, we've decided to shift LucasArts from an internal development to a licensing model, minimizing the company's risk while achieving a broader portfolio of quality Star Wars games," read the announcement.

While the news does mean Star Wars titles can be developed by other companies, it's a heartbreaking end for a studio that has provided a number of memorable games over the years from the likes of Monkey Island and Grim Fandango to the more recently released Star Wars: The Force Unleashed.

It also asks the question what will happen to the rich IP it has been associated with over the years and if games within such franchises will ever get the chance to see new entries in the future, Star Wars 1313 included.

Disney is still on course to release Disney Infinity later on this year.