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Darrell Rodriguez leaves LucasArts [UPDATE 1]

07 May, 2010, 11:05 | Posted by: Tingler | Source: Kotaku
Now this is a shock. Darrell Rodriguez, former President of the company, has left LucasArts today along with several members of his executive team. Kotaku reported the news, along with this note:

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.


I'll believe that when I see it. Traditionally a LucasArts president leaving coincides with a massive shift in their business plan, and a lot of cancellations and "staff reorganization".

Should we be afraid for Monkey Island 2: Special Edition? I wouldn't have thought so as that's pretty much in the can, doesn't cost anything in shipping materials and the first did really well. Other Special Editions though or re-releases we'll have to wait and see.

While the reasons for his departure are not known, like whether it was his choice or not, we can speculate. Since The Force Unleashed in 2008 LucasArts have not had a really killer game despite several in production, and have instead focused on "smaller" titles. Were the top brass at LucasArts annoyed at this? I bet they were. This is a real shame though, as those "smaller" titles included such things as an excellent new Monkey Island, long-wanted re-releases of old games, a new original game, and Special Editions of two games that have been crying out for SEs for years.

More as we get it. Despite messing up with Indiana Jones at the start, we'll miss you Darrell.

UPDATE 1: Apparently Darrell resigned, although there's not yet a reason why. Lucasfilm board member Jerry Bowerman (who has been high up at both EA and Sierra) will sit in the Emperor's chair until Grand Admiral Thrawn arrives to take over.

What does everyone else think about this?

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    Comment by: gameboy | Posted 05 Nov, 2010, 14:58 | Quote
    he accepted a job at IGT, a slot machine manufacture. WOW
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    Comment by: daltysmilth | Posted 08 May, 2010, 05:11 | Quote
    This is bad news indeed. On the other hand, nice Expanded Universe reference.
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    Comment by: clone2727 | Posted 07 May, 2010, 18:08 | Quote

    Laserschwert

    Who knows, maybe his next stop will be Sierra, until they re-release their adventure games...

    That's already been done at Good Old Games and Steam.
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    Comment by: Kroms | Posted 07 May, 2010, 16:09 | Quote
    As my granny says when she forgets to pour whiskey into her coffee, "This is pretty shitty." But I could be wrong. Hopefully, I am.
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    Comment by: Twilo | Posted 07 May, 2010, 15:03 | Quote
    "Were the top brass at LucasArts annoyed at this? I bet they were. This is a real shame though, as those "smaller" titles[...]"

    Leave the speculation out, it's not constructive
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    Comment by: Remi | Posted 07 May, 2010, 14:25 | Quote
    Not really much need to start wailing about this until we know the direction the new prez wants to take this.

    Rodriguez did a lot of good things, as far as the Mojosphere was concerned anyway. Seeing a chunk of the management team is going with him, two likely reasons for him leaving would be: A) He got a better job and is taking his team to build the management portion of the organization from scratch, or B) The powers that be pushed him out.

    If it was the latter, I suppose an episodic DOTT from TTG is out of the question. :~
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    Comment by: Laserschwert | Posted 07 May, 2010, 12:39 | Quote
    Who knows, maybe his next stop will be Sierra, until they re-release their adventure games...
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    Comment by: Udvarnoky | Posted 07 May, 2010, 12:37 | Quote
    Rodriguez seemed to be laying a solid foundation for a LucasArts that respected its back catalogue and was prepared to devote resources specifically to smaller, more experimental game ideas. I hope that new president does not deviate far from the promising path he paved.
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    Comment by: elTee | Posted 07 May, 2010, 12:20 | Quote
    This is hilarious! Goddamn. You wait a long time for a LucasArts president who's prepared to acknowledge the Monkey Island games at all, then when he arrives and business is on the up, he quits.

    I'm excited to see what happens next :D
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    Comment by: Ascovel | Posted 07 May, 2010, 12:12 | Quote
    From we hear the Monkey Islands were really successful - modest investment and relatively great sales - so I doubt they put the old IPs into the archive at this point.

    Jim Ward was the one truly harmful LEC president in terms of profits I believe.
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    Comment by: Diduz | Posted 07 May, 2010, 12:12 | Quote
    Baaaad news. :-(
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    Comment by: SurplusGamer | Posted 07 May, 2010, 10:41 | Quote
    Troubling news indeed. I can only hope this doesn't mean the end of the new, better LucasArts.
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    Comment by: QueZTone | Posted 07 May, 2010, 10:06 | Quote
    uh oh!
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    Comment by: Thrik | Posted 07 May, 2010, 09:55 | Quote
    Ouch, pretty sucky. From what I could tell he had a solid plan: less emphasis on massive budget-sucking games that were a bit shit, more emphasis on smaller innovative games which can be runaway hits, and limiting the Star Wars license to a small number of high-quality games rather than passing it around like a spliff.

    If I had to guess any reason for him being pressured into resigning it'd be that he hasn't let the company spew out crappy Star Wars games (which I'd imagine continue to be like cash cow faeces). But then he wasn't necessarily pressured — maybe he's doing a Will Wright and wants to start a new company with some of his key players.

    Granted it's not like he was the most risky president in history, with refurbishing absolute classics being fairly high up the 'guaranteed success' ladder nowadays. But he recognised that compelling internal development and more original IP is the way to go if LucasArts is to survive the long haul, and I hope his replacement doesn't lose sight of that.
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    Comment by: Threepwood4life | Posted 07 May, 2010, 09:24 | Quote
    Thanks for everything Darrell.You brought a little hope and happiness back to LucasArts for the short time you were there. Now what does the future hold???? (probably more bloody Star Wars games now)
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    Comment by: black_sheep | Posted 07 May, 2010, 08:58 | Quote
    Who's Jerry Bowerman? Good guy? Bad guy?
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    Comment by: BillieJoe86 | Posted 07 May, 2010, 05:37 | Quote
    I wonder why he quit... this came completely out of the blue.
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    Comment by: Icebox | Posted 07 May, 2010, 04:47 | Quote
    Re-Elect Governor Ward.
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    Comment by: clone2727 | Posted 07 May, 2010, 04:30 | Quote
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    Comment by: Capn_Nacho | Posted 07 May, 2010, 04:18 | Quote
    Ohhh man, this sucks big time. I hope this doesn't signal a return to the LucasArts of a few years ago...
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    Comment by: valkian | Posted 07 May, 2010, 03:41 | Quote
    This is really unexpected. He was doing quite well in my opinion and will indeed be missed. One can only hope that the next president is even cooler.

    And no, worry about MI2 at this point would be silly, but the future of SEs is unclear.

    EDIT: Cool, Mr.Schafer retweets Mojo
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    Comment by: black_sheep | Posted 07 May, 2010, 02:49 | Quote
    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!


    But seriously, No.

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