Jedi Knight II Developer Releases Source Code as Tribute to LucasArts

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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.

[GameInformer via Kotaku Australia]

  1. Ah Jedi: Academy…

    Never has it been so much fun to force-choke a Storm Trooper and drop him from a great height, it lop off limbs during a sabre fight to hear the sweet sound of agonising death. :)

    • Funny, I seem to remember the conceptual main ideas behind The Force Unleashed sounding exactly like that when the devs were describing it.

      Looks like the TFU concept had already been done by Raven Software before TFU was even so much as a spark of electricity between synapses in its developers’ minds.

  2. Better late than never..

    I’ve been modding for jk2 between 2006-2009, and such an announcement would have made my day a couple of years back.

    The glitchy MP fighting system of v1.02 (the version of the source code) is the best that was ever created imo.
    Hopefully some hero will port that code to work with a more recent engine.

    Raven ftw!!!

  3. R.I.P. Star Wars IP….

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