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Report: LucasArts President, Execs Resign
Report: LucasArts President, Execs Resign
May 7, 2010 | By Leigh Alexander

LucasArts president Darrell Rodriguez has resigned after just over two years in the role -- one he himself assumed following his predecessor's resignation.

The company confirmed the departure to consumer weblog Kotaku, which reported that several other execs exited alongside Rodriguez. The reasons for his departure are unknown.

Rodriguez, former COO of Electronic Arts Los Angeles, was appointed in April 2008, just after prior president Jim Ward stepped down, citing personal reasons, after four years' tenure.

Jerry Bowerman will take an interim leadership role while the company searches for Rodriguez's replacement. Bowerman sits on the Board of Directors for Star Wars house Lucasfilm, of which Star Wars: The Force Unleashed developer LucasArts is a subsidiary.

Rodriguez oversaw the company during a time of ups and downs; while Force Unleashed was an enormous success and the company forged a strong partnership with BioWare for The Old Republic, for example, the company's efforts to nurture new properties have been mixed.

But at the beginning of this year, Rodriguez told Gamasutra that the company was continuing to focus on internal development and expansion efforts.

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John Trauger
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They could do far worse than handing Jerry the job for reals. Assuming he'd want it.

Mark Morrison
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Until they leverage their Star Wars universe into social/casual games/apps I don't see the end of this tunnel. Wishing the best for some of the greatest entertainment IP out there, to continue the Lucas legacy...

Geese Howard
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Is it too early to say that The Force Unleashed is a cursed property, in the same vein as the Madden covers, but instead of athletes, the curse hits company presidents?


...too early?

Megan Swaine
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They bailed on the adventure games and now Telltale has stolen their thunder...the Monkey Island re-release made me hopeful though.

They need to re-invent themselves again. Be innovative.

John Woznack
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"Day of the Tentacle" was the last game I purchased from Lucas Arts. A great, fun game. In fact, I bought it the night before a gaming convention, and that night lots of people stayed up all night hovering over the PC playing the game and laughing until the end. I think that was their pinnacle. Perhaps whomever becomes the new president will bring back the fun and creativity that seems to have been left behind many years ago.