Fans of classic games got a welcome bit of news today with the announcement of two classic Star Wars games for both the Nintendo Switch and Playstation 4 consoles. The Nintendo 64 podracing game Star Wars Episode I Racer and 2003’s final installment of the Jedi Knight series, Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy are both coming to modern consoles.
Available Now for Switch and Playstation 4
Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy was originally announced last September along with its predecessor, Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast, but wasn’t given a release date. It is now available for both Switch and Playstation 4 today in their respective eShops for $19.99. Out of cash in your eShop accounts? Stock up with Switch or Playstation code cards on Amazon.
The game features both a single-player story and a multiplayer component. Both modes are available in the newest version of the game. The max number of multiplayer competitors varies per system.
Also of note, Jedi Outcast is on sale today in the Switch eShop for $7.99 (normally $9.99).
Coming Soon to Switch and Playstation 4
Episode I Racer was originally re-released on Steam in 2018. It is the latest classic Star Wars game to hit modern consoles, a trend I hope continues to include Shadows of the Empire. Aspyr handled the ports of all three games released thus far. No date was announced for Racer, but I expect it will be available in late Summer or early Fall. A similar pattern with the announcement and release of the Jedi Knight games. The port may happen faster though given the work for Steam release.
UPDATE (4/16/2020): StarWars.com has revealed that Episode I Racer will launch on May 12th!
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