In the wake of yesterday’s news that Disney was shutting down LucasArts, Raven, the studio behind some of the publisher’s most popular games—Jedi Knight II and Jedi Academy—has released those games’ source codes as a tribute to the company’s legacy.
The studio offered this statement to Kotaku Australia about LucasArts’ closure:
“Raven is sad to hear about the closing of LucasArts today, we respected them and enjoyed working with them over the years. We wish the best for all the talented people who were let go and hope they find good work in studios in the industry.
We loved and appreciated the experience of getting to make Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast and Jedi Academy for LucasArts. As a gift to the persistently loyal fanbase for our Jedi games and in memory of LucasArts, we are releasing the source code for both games for people to enjoy and play with.”
If you want to pay tribute to the late, lamented LucasArts, here are the download links for Jedi Outcast and Jedi Academy. I gotta say, it’s a pretty cool move on Raven’s part. Even though LucasArts hasn’t really been what they were for quite a while, the name itself holds a lot of significance for the gaming industry as a whole, and we’re poorer for losing them. Sigh.