Disney has acquired game developer and publisher LucasArts as part of its purchase of Lucasfilm, the film production, special effects, and animation company founded by George Lucas in 1971.

Disney paid US$4.05 billion (AU$3.90 billion) for the company, in a deal that included Industrial Light & Magic and Skywalker Sound.

Lucasfilm co-chairman Kathleen Kennedy will move to Lucasfilm president, and will also act as executive producer on "new Star Wars feature films, with George Lucas serving as creative consultant", said Disney.

Star Wars 7 would be out in 2015, it added.

LucasArts was founded in 1982 and made its name with a string of acclaimed adventure games including Maniac Mansion, The Secret of Monkey Island, Zak McKracken and the Alien Mindbenders, Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis, Day of the Tentacle, Sam & Max Hit the Road, Full Throttle, and Grim Fandango.

Double Fine alum Tim Schafer and Ron Gilbert both worked for the company.

Unsurprisingly, LucasArts also produced Star Wars games, notably 1993 space-combat simulation X-Wing.