Raven releases Jedi Outcast source code after LucasArts closure

Developer releases source code for 2002 game and 2003 sequel as a thank you to fans.

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Developer Raven Software has released the source code to 2002's Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast and its 2003 sequel Jedi Academy in response to LucasArts' closure.

The two games have been released as a thank you to the game's "persistently loyal fanbase."

"Raven is sad to hear about the closing of LucasArts today, we respected them and enjoyed working with them over the years," said Raven to Kotaku Australia in a statement.

"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."

No documentation or support is being provided alongside the source code.

Disney last night closed LucasArts after acquiring the company in October 2012. "After evaluating our position in the games market, we've decided to shift LucasArts from an internal development to a licensing model, minimizing the company's risk while achieving a broader portfolio of quality Star Wars games," said Disney in a statement.

In-development titles Star Wars: 1313 and Star Wars: First Assault were also reportedly cancelled, although there might be a glimmer of hope for Star Wars: 1313 as Disney is looking at bringing the game to market through an external publisher.

LucasArts' storied history saw the studio help define the adventure genre in the 90s, publishing titles like The Secret of Monkey Island, Full Throttle, Day of the Tentacle, and Grim Fandango.

Discussion

122 comments
June-GS
June-GS

Even as a wee kid, I've always had great respect and admiration for you and your games in general, Raven. But this...... Wow, this is on another level. God Bless you, fellas. And you too, LucasArts.

Icepick_Trotter
Icepick_Trotter

Wow... this leaves me speechless. 

I mean... even Doom is played to this day because of amazing improvements made to its source code by fans.

With a game like Jedi Outcast... possibilities are endless...

worlock77
worlock77

Sad to see such a long-lived developer with so many great, creative titles (usually non-Star Wars ones) under its belt folded. But to be honest Lucasarts hasn't produced much of quality in years.

andchrist
andchrist

I can smell advanced Jedi Knight mods coming. YESS!!!

chronocommander
chronocommander

YES! If the open sourcing of Freespace, Doom and Quake is any indication, there is a great chance of seeing some very nifty fan-made upgrades to these classics in a few years (yes, coding takes time)! I've always wanted to see some visual upgrades to the Jedi Knight series although its 2003-era Quake engine graphics still hold up remarkably well even now. The gameplay itself is as awesome as ever, one of the best Star Wars game series out there.

1stCrusader
1stCrusader

The evils of Disney are prematurely rising......If conglomerate Micky even looked at LucasArts' portfolio, they would see a decade of groundbreaking development and art.

Shame on you! 

sknight175216
sknight175216

Very close second best Star Wars series behind KoTOR. Stupid Activision.

churchfest
churchfest

Jedi Knight II Jedi Outcast is my favorite game of all time 1.3 patch only! That being said the cheats ruined the game and giving people the ability to script moves is retarded for a game that is also PVP, if you can't do your own moves and combos then that is too bad. If they could remake them game without scripting enabled and a good anti-cheat system with 1.3 patch functionality I would gladly pay $500 for the game! DARKMASTER=DS=

urtin3
urtin3

Now I'm going to wait for Star Wars Jedi Knight IV

nightfire99
nightfire99

Sad to see LucasArts...they made so many great games like the Rogue Squadron and Battlefront Series' plus so many more. Great company, great games, the fans will miss you.

X-RS
X-RS

Dinsey buy Star Wars n kill Lucas Arts?

That's just....wiping his legacy imo.

Alex4789123
Alex4789123

Alright Raven, now with Lucasarts out of the way, its time to call up Disney and start making that new Jedi Knight!

LeviHarris
LeviHarris

Still have and play both games. Jedi Outcast and Jedi Academy soaked up a good portion of my pubescent years and I wouldn't have had it any other way. My GeForce 3 was being pushed to its limits, but it was all worth it when I'd flay some fool's limbs off with the realistic lightsabers mod. Such a great series. 

NinjaCoopa
NinjaCoopa

I still have my original factory sealed jedi outcast collectors edition sitting on my shelf. I was really proud of this game and the two that came before it.

Ka3DX
Ka3DX

Reading these comments gives me a bit of hope that there will be a massive comeback to the modding community for these games

tim1935
tim1935

Games that are outsourced are not often quality titles.

winshot
winshot

May the force be with you guys ... You went out with a bang and "Fuck You Disney".

Nightelf123
Nightelf123

and also thanks raven software in my opinion jedi knight 2 was the best star wars game

Nightelf123
Nightelf123

at least someone can make star wars jedi knight 3 perfect with releasing some patch

Nightelf123
Nightelf123

there are still about 10 million of people play jedi knight 3 onlinr

holtrocks
holtrocks

Hopefully Disney will be smart and see all these sequels that they could make a killing off of and send them out to be made, one can hope.

TeeniestChaos
TeeniestChaos

These are already two of the most modded games in history....I can't wait to see how this shapes the Movie Battles project.

eva02langley
eva02langley

That was a hell of a multiplayer. Lighsaber duels were awesome.

Yulaw2000
Yulaw2000

Well at least something good has come out of this.

X-Blackrose
X-Blackrose

Both games were good. I preferred Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic.

Roland3710
Roland3710

The Raven Jedi Knight games were easily the best Star Wars games, especially with saber realism cheats. 

They didn't have the best stories but I can't help but feel like Force Unleashed would have been much better if its production had been licensed it to Raven.

Senor_Kami
Senor_Kami

Awesome news.  With full code available, maybe we'll get some fan sequels to this series that LucasArts totally abandoned in favor of the abysmal Force Unleashed.

crimsonbrute
crimsonbrute moderator

Jedi Academy. Still one of my all time favorite PC games.

richten71
richten71

I will definitely be taking the source code and seeing what ideas I can come up with.

jinseinoseikou
jinseinoseikou

Go figure, in less than a year after the Disney buy-out, layoffs galore.


I mainly feel sorry for the people who are losing their jobs over this. I can only assume that some of the folks who developed games there had their jobs for a long time. I've played Lucasarts games since NES. I remember Super Star Wars games on SNES (I own them on my Wii Virtual Console), and I played the heck out of Shadows of the Empire on N64. I also enjoyed Jedi Knight on the PC, though I could never really get it to run right...

I know that in recent years they've outsourced (such as Bioware and Obsidian entertainment for Knights of the Old Republic I and II, respectively) to take over development and they've done the licensing, but I just hope that Star Wars games will always be around in one way, shape, or form, though I'd prefer QUALITY games that don't require an internet connection. 


  Star Wars 1313 would've been cool, so I hope someone else picks it up at some point or something similar. Not even games go over the underground in the universe.


  Any bets on what "external" publisher might snag up Star Wars 1313?

oflow
oflow

YOU'LL ALWAYS HAVE SWTOR!

BovineDivine
BovineDivine

Remember the MP dueling? How people would bow and pretend like they were bad asses before activating their saber? Man those were some great, innocent times...

Fursnake
Fursnake

This was a great game for Star Wars. I enjoyed Jedi Knight a bit more, but I played the hell out of Jedi Outcast as well. Jedi Academy was great too.

Consider also the other great Star Wars games like Knights of the Old Republic series, Dark Forces, Bounty Hunter, Rogue Squadron, Shadow of the Empire, X-Wing and Tie Fighter series and wonder if we will ever again see their like.

aussiemuscle
aussiemuscle

@chronocommander agreed, some of the mods for JA have been good. if they still mod, they should be able to do more with the source code available.

Lonelynight
Lonelynight

@1stCrusader Lucasarts isn't even that good, they may be good maybe like 10 years ago, but their recent games are pretty meh. 

andchrist
andchrist

@nightfire99 Actually the games you talked about were outsourced by factor 5 and pandemic studios respectively not Lucasarts . :)

Alex4789123
Alex4789123

@X-RS LucasArts killed themselves by not listening to the fans and making crappy games that no one asked for. As far as wiping Lucas's legacy- all he did was start the company. He had no part in the development of games. His legacy can live on through LucasFilm which is still around.

Ka3DX
Ka3DX

@tim1935 Am I seeing this right? You're actually going to assume these are bad games, even though the article stated that the outsourcing was a thank you to a 10 and 11 year old game, for the players and modders who still play this game today? Sure it might not be the most famous star wars game, but to the people who played it many consider it one of it not the best star wars game

Lawdog1521
Lawdog1521

@winshot They were losing money, sitting on quality titles, and hadn't had a hit years, yet you assert Disney is the bad guy here.


The bad guy here is Lucas Arts with gross mismanagement that got 150 people fired.

CarlitosWay
CarlitosWay

@Senor_Kami I wouldnt call it abysmal. The approach was excellent, as well as the technology created specifically for this game. However, their execution was poor. The concept, story, and characters were great, but after that it felt that the money fell short. The sum of its parts was not all that good. And lets not talk about the sequel.

A combination of both series would be amazing.

user_pt
user_pt

@oflow Until someone shuts down the servers in a couple of years

X-RS
X-RS

@Alex4789123 @X-RS  

sounds like u took that very personally >_>

Star Wars was his universe i thought....No clue bout Lucas Film with Disney having Star Wars license but sure...

Alex4789123
Alex4789123

@X-RS Take it personally? I don't know about that, but as a die hard Star Wars fan, I've been very frustrated and disappointed with LA over the past eight years. Also, I don't think you can say that Star Wars is George Lucas's universe just because he made the movies. Its like a parent who gives birth to a child, but then that child grows up and does its own thing. I'm thankful Lucas gave us this universe, but it has moved beyond him.