Two Classic Star Wars Jedi Knight Games are Coming to Switch and PS4
The latest Nintendo Direct revealed that classic PC title Star Wars: Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast will be receiving a Nintendo Switch port on the 24th of September this year. What wasn’t mentioned during the Direct though is that there are in fact two classic Star Wars games being re-released – and not just for the Switch.
A post on the official Star Wars website revealed that the sequel to Jedi Outcast, Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy will be released early next year, complete with the multiplayer battles and modes that made the original so popular.
It was also announced that both classic Star Wars titles will be coming to the PS4 alongside the Switch, meaning that PlayStation fans can get all the Jedi action they need from Jedi Knight II until the release of Respawn’s Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order.
Taking place after the events of Return of the Jedi, Jedi Outcast sees players take control of Jedi Knight Kyle Katarn as he battles against the Empire and Sith forces to save the galaxy from the dark side. The game even features classic characters, like Luke Skywalker and Lando Calrissian, with Billy Dee Williams reprising his role for the game.
It’s a sequel, Jedi Academy, that allows players to create their own Jedi padawan, customizing race, gender, appearance, and even their lightsaber before taking on assignments from Luke Skywalker and Kyle Katarn. Jedi Academy also had an incredibly popular multiplayer community, with around 250 active players still playing the original release on PC as of May this year – a feature we will see included with the rerelease.
Brought to consoles by both Lucasarts and developer Aspyr, the two legendary games were confirmed to be receiving Gyro aiming support for the Nintendo Switch’s Joy-Cons, as well as other modernized control features.
No word has been given yet on cross-platform multiplayer support, but the announcement of these two titles alone has given Star Wars fans a chance to enjoy blasting, lightsaber dueling and wielding classic force powers all over again on modern platforms.