Yesterday it was reported that the entertainment giant the Walt Disney Company has acquired LucasFilm, and all its subsidiaries, for the sizable sun of 4.05 billion american dollars. Half of that hefty sum will be payed in cash, and the other half in 40 million shares.

Disney’s latest purchase also includes the fan-favorite and world famous Star Wars franchise, which will be seeing a new entry under the new management. Star Wars Episode VII will be released to theaters in 2015 with George Lucas as a “creative consultant”. No word on who will direct or star in the movie.

“For the past 35 years, one of my greatest pleasures has been to see Star Wars passed from one generation to the next,” said Lucas.

“It’s now time for me to pass Star Wars on to a new generation of filmmakers. I’ve always believed that Star Wars could live beyond me, and I thought it was important to set up the transition during my lifetime. I’m confident that with Lucasfilm under the leadership of Kathleen Kennedy, and having a new home within the Disney organization, Star Wars will certainly live on and flourish for many generations to come. Disney’s reach and experience give Lucasfilm the opportunity to blaze new trails in film, television, interactive media, theme parks, live entertainment, and consumer products.”

In more gaming-related news, we were reassured that despite LucasArts focusing on mobile and social gaming rather on consoles from now on, this will not have any effect on the upcoming Star Wars 1313.

In a statement issued to IGN, a Disney representative said: “For the time being all projects are business as usual. We are excited about all the possibilities that Disney brings.” We, at least, are relieved.

Star Wars 1313 is scheduled for a 2013 release on the PC.

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