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Monday, March 27, 2006

LucasArts, LucasFilm Merge Platforms

A slight shakeup over at the Skywalker Ranch should prove interesting for gamers, Industrial Light & Magic combines a platform with LucasArts, the game division. Called "Zeno", it essentially means that the two sides will be sharing each other's work. Explains Steve Sullivan, head of ILM research:

I think George [Lucas] has intended this for quite a long time. It was hard before because we were geographically separate. The technology wasn't far enough that ILM and LucasArts could actually trade all that much.

Computers had to get to a certain speed before it could really be meaningful to use film graphics in games. The consoles had to be powerful enough to support that kind of thing. We really had a sweet spot where the companies have co-located in the same building. And George is really strongly dedicated to this now that Star Wars is done.

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