Jedi Academy is Also Coming to Switch and PS4, with Multiplayer

Jedi Academy is Also Coming to Switch and PS4, with Multiplayer

You'll need to wait until 2020 for those online lightsaber duels.

Seeing Kyle Katarn's beautiful, bearded, low-poly face was one of many "really?!" moments in the most recent Nintendo Direct, but apparently we'll get reacquainted with his Jedi apprentice Jaden Korr soon enough. Nintendo announced that Asypr is porting Raven Software's Star Wars: Jedi Knight 2: Jedi Outcast to the Switch, but that's not all: that port is also coming to the PlayStation 4, and both consoles will receive a port of the game's sequel, Jedi Academy, with included online multiplayer in "early 2020."

The details given on the official announcement are scant otherwise, but it's good to know that Jedi Outcast will only include the game's single-player campaign missions when it's released for both the Switch and the PS4 on September 24.

Jedi Outcast and Jedi Academy are the last two installments in the four-game series that began with LucasArts' Star Wars: Dark Forces in 1995. Originally developed by Raven Software and published by LucasArts in 2002 and 2003, the two games are both built on id Software's Quake 3 engine and share very similar first and third-person combat. Players can utilize conventional Star Wars weaponry, an array of Force powers and lightsabers in both. Jedi Academy let players customize the appearance of its new player character Jaden Korr, with series mainstay Kyle Katarn having risen to the rank of Jedi Master. The 2003 sequel also introduced more lightsaber combat styles, giving players the option to wield two independent sabers or a single Darth Maul-esque double-bladed saber.

There's no word on how online multiplayer will be integrated into the Switch and PS4 ports of Jedi Academy, but the burden of keeping these games alive doesn't rest solely on the new ports. Back in 2013, Raven Software released the source code for both titles after Disney shut down LucasArts, and dedicated fans have taken it upon themselves to improve and modify the games since. Jedi Academy for the Xbox is also playable on the Xbox One in 4K.

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Mathew Olson


Mathew Olson is a writer formerly of Digg, where he blogged and reported about all things under the umbrella of internet culture (including games, of course). He lives in New York, grew up under rain clouds and the influence of numerous games studios in the Pacific Northwest, and will talk your ear off about Half-Life mods, Talking Heads or Twin Peaks if you let him.

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