An empire strikes. (Lucasfilm Games to enter the computer games industry in 1992)
by Erin Richter
"The Force" may soon be with Lucasfilm Games and its use of CD-ROM technology as the company moves with new marketing and development strategies into the interactive entertainment industry. The newly consolidated organization plans to use its connections with the film industry to ensure the success of its games.
According to creative director Howard Phillips, the CD-ROM's ability to store massive amounts of data is like having a massive movie budget. Keeping that in mind, Lucasfilm Games plans to create cinematic games with strong stories, stunning visuals, and enthralling audio by utilizing the resources of other LucasArts divisions such as Skywalker Sound and Industrial Light & Magic.
Lucasfilm Games will introduce Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, The Secret of Monkey Island, and a talking version of Loom for CDTV in 1992 along with several CD-ROM-based games over the next two years.
Three Lucasfilm Games--Loom, Zak McKracken and the Alien Mindbenders, and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade--are now available for Fujitsu's FM Towns. The company is also introducing its first videogames this fall.