Star Wars Jedi Academy out now on Switch, Episode I Racer Coming Soon
The Nintendo Switch got one classic Star Wars title right away and has another coming soon.
UPDATE (3:45 p.m. ET) – Following Star Wars Episode I Racer’s surprise reveal Thursday morning, StarWars.com released details on what to expect from the upcoming port, which will be available on both the Switch and PlayStation 4.
Austin, Texas-based studio Aspyr, which handled last year’s re-release of Jedi Knight II and Jedi Academy’s on Thursday, is at the helm for this game too, bringing the classic arcade-racer up to speed with a set of modernized controls. The Switch version will also have the extra perk of LAN multiplayer support, allowing friends to set up races where each player can have their own screen.
Here’s a look at Episode I Racer’s feature set, along with a few screenshots, via StarWars.com.
– 25 playable racers including: Anakin Skywalker, Sebulba, and Ratts Tyerell
– Race tracks spanning 8 unique worlds including: Tatooine, Baroonda, and Malastare
– Work with pit droids to upgrade your podracer for higher top speeds and acceleration
– Discover short-cuts and secrets to master your lap times
– Split-screen multiplayer (Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4) and LAN multiplayer (Nintendo Switch)
ORIGNAL STORY: A Star Wars classic just released on the Nintendo Switch and another is on the way.
Star Wars: Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy is out now on the Nintendo eShop, announced through Thursday morning’s Nintendo Direct Mini, and Star Wars Episode I Racer is coming soon.
No other details were given on Racer other than that it was coming, but the game is available on Steam now, so best guess is that the Switch release will be a port of that version or something similar. Originally released in the summer of 1999 and developed by the now defunct LucasArts, the game let players take control of Episode I’s, at the time, newly introduced podracers, taking Star Wars into the racing game genre for the first time. It was a standout, too, going on to become a memorable piece of the Nintendo 64’s library for many.
Jedi Academy, meanwhile, has a lot more info to digest (obviously because the game’s out). Following up Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast, which received a Switch port last year, players take control of their own customized characters and can even create their own lightsabers as they go to train under Luke Skywalker post-original trilogy. The game’s multiplayer is returning, too, with competitive online modes that can support up to 16 players.
Jedi Academy, developed by Raven Software and initially released back in 2003, cost $19.99 to download on the eShop. The game also went up on the PlayStation Store at the same price.