Star Wars Episode 1: Racer Remaster Delayed On PS4
Although the original date still stands for Nintendo Switch, reliving the best part of the Phantom Menace will have to wait a bit on PS4.
Star Wars Episode I: Racer, the arcade-like racing series based off of arguably the best part of The Phantom Menace, is getting a second chance on PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch. The remaster was set to launch on May 12, but has now been delayed on PS4 until May 26. The Nintendo Switch release date has not been affected.
The delay was communicated by publisher Aspyr Media, which tweeted out the update. It gives no indication as to why the game has been delayed or why it only applies to one platform.
We have an update on the launch of Star Wars Episode l: Racer. Unfortunately, we’ve just learned that we will have to delay the game on PlayStation 4 until May 26. The game will still launch on May 12 for Nintendo Switch.— Aspyr (@AspyrMedia) April 28, 2020
Racer originally launched on the same day as Star Wars: The Phantom Menace in 1999, releasing on PC and Nintendo's N64. A Sega Dreamcast port arrived a full year later in April 2000. This racer, which includes characters like Anakin Skywalker and Sebulba, shouldn't be confused with its sequel, Racer Revenge, which launched on PS2. That version featured a more grown-up Anakin akin to the one in The Clone Wars, and included updated visuals and different tracks.
The original Episode I: Racer was great at the time though, borrowing high-octane racing from series like Wipeout and F-Zero at the time. In our original Star Wars Episode 1: Racer review, critic Elliot Chin scored the game 8.2/10, saying, "Its sense of speed is great, especially when you are whipping past corridors and canyons at 600mph. The graphics for the most part look good; the tracks are plentiful, varied, and interesting; and the racing experience is plain fun."
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