Lucasarts President Resigns [Update]

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Kotaku has learned today that Darrell Rodriguez, president of Lucasarts, has resigned from his position, and joining him at the exit are several members of his executive team.


The moves, announced earlier today at a Lucasarts staff meeting, do not impact the company's development teams, or other aspects of its publishing business outside of the top brass.

Rodriguez - former COO of EA Los Angeles - was named president of Lucasarts back in April of 2008, two months after his predecessor, Jim Ward, abruptly resigned from his position. His tenure has been a mixed bag, the company continuing to find success with Star Wars and Indiana Jones titles (LEGO, Force Unleashed) while failing to gain traction with internally-developed intellectual property (Fracture).

A replacement for Rodriguez has yet to be named.

With the exact manner of, and reasons for his departure still uncertain, we'll update as we hear more.

UPDATE - We can now confirm that Rodriguez resigned from his position, and that Lucasfilm's Jerry Bowerman will be holding the reigns while the company searches for a full-time replacement.


Luke Plunkett

I don't think this had anything to do with the (relative) success of LA's adventure renaissance. Those games don't make much money compared to big-sellers like LEGO Star Wars.

I think it may have had more to do with LA's continued failure to release AAA internal software. Example: when you have a big team with big money involved and you're George Lucas' internal studio, you need to make better games than Force Unleashed.