Nintendo announced an impressive number of surprises during Wednesday’s Nintendo Direct event, but one of the most unexpected was re-releases of Star Wars: Jedi Knight 2 – Jedi Outcast and Star Wars: Jedi Knight – Jedi Academy on Nintendo Switch. The games are also on their way to PlayStation 4, according to an article on the official Star Wars website.
Jedi Outcast will be released on Sept. 24, and there’s not much else to add outside of the fact that this is one of the best Star Wars action games ever created, and it’s certainly not a title you’d expect to randomly get a new life on Switch. Jedi Academy will follow in early 2020, including multiplayer battles courtesy of Aspyr Media. The Switch versions of both titles will support motion-controlled aiming with the Joy-Cons.
Jedi Outcast lets you play with a variety of guns from the Star Wars canon, but the real star of the show is the lightsaber combat and force powers, which give an impressive feeling of power and versatility for a game originally released in 2002. It’s a shame none of the multiplayer modes will be included in this version of the game, but even the single-player campaign is worth revisiting if you haven’t played in a while, or want to experience for the first time.
Update (7:36 p.m.): Following the Nintendo Direct presentation, Lucasfilm announced that both Jedi Outcast and Star Wars: Jedi Knight – Jedi Academy are coming to Switch and PlayStation 4. We’ve edited the article to reflect this.