A couple of days ago, April 3rd, 2013, was a shocking day here at LDAC campus. We’ve seen how LucasArts, the oldest video game company in the industry, and the one that brings many nostalgic memories to people of my generation, was being shut down causing around 150 people to be laid off. Very talented people who I’m sure will be very demanded anywhere else, but who have put a lot of time and effort into the company and its projects. Many of them were fulfilling their dreams of being part of a universe that they were big fans of since they were kids. They all have worked uncountable hours and put all their passion in something they believed in.
Today, it was very sad to see the people who at some point I had the pleasure to work with, saying goodbye. It was very strange looking at the events, like an outsider, but not feeling like one. I honestly didn’t know how to react to that. It will sound cheesy, I know, but fuck it; LucasArts has a very special place in my heart. I’ll always remember the time I spent there and the people who made it so amazing. From the first person who gave me the chance, to the person who strongly believed in me and made the dream of being a part of that to become true. And through all the talented people who helped me, who I learned from, who I laughed with, who bared with me… to all of you, a huge thank you. I really hope we cross paths again.
I can’t help to think how close LucasArts was of being back in the place it was once, and for that, how unfair for developers and fans this feels. There were some amazing projects currently going on at LEC, and I had the privilege of having worked in one of them for quite some time: Star Wars 1313, which even though many of you had the chance to get a taste of it, believe me, it was just the tip of the iceberg.
It’s really sad to think that such amount of brilliant work that these teams put together will never see the light.
So while thinking how much all this sucks, I felt like letting the people who I’ve shared some of the best moments in my career with know how I feel about it. To all of you, who dedicated part of your life to those projects, may the force be with you.