Remember the game that combined the captivating allure of Star Wars with the heart-pounding action of Doom? Star Wars Dark Forces, often overshadowed by its more famous peers, is finally getting the attention it richly deserves with a glorious remaster.
This is a game that not only holds a special place in the hearts of ‘90s gamers but also stands tall as the foundation for the cherished Jedi Knight series.
Now, after nearly 30 years, Nightdive Studios – the masterminds behind recent gaming revivals like Quake 2 Remastered and System Shock Enhanced Editions – is breathing new life into this classic, revitalizing it in stunning 4K resolution at an exhilarating 120 frames per second.
For those unfamiliar with the original game, you might recognize its sequels better. The LucasArts saga took us from Star Wars Dark Forces to the intricate web of titles known as Star Wars Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II and eventually to the continued adventures under the Jedi Knight banner, including Jedi Outcast and Jedi Academy.
Stepping into the shoes of Kyle Katarn, a fearless Rebel Alliance mercenary, you embark on a journey that uncovers the hidden machinations of the oppressive Galactic Empire.
Initially tasked with the recovery of the Death Star plans (before the Rogue One era), Katarn’s mission soon leads him to the discovery of The Dark Trooper project – a sinister initiative aiming to create an army of super-soldier stormtroopers and formidable battle droids.
Aged to Perfection, Yet Ready for Renewal
Despite its enduring acclaim, Dark Forces does wear its age with a certain charm. I had the pleasure of revisiting this gem a couple of years back, and while its charm was undeniable, the years had taken their toll.
But now, the prospect of witnessing this masterpiece revitalized in brilliant 4K resolution at a buttery-smooth 120 frames per second, complete with remastered cutscenes and modern controller compatibility, is nothing short of exhilarating.
According to Nightdive Studios, the highly anticipated Star Wars Dark Forces Remaster is primed for release “soon” on PC via Steam, and it’s set to grace the realms of PlayStation, Xbox, and Nintendo Switch consoles as well. As for the eagerly awaited release date, the studio tantalizingly promises that this announcement will grace our ears later this year.
In a world where the past meets the present, Star Wars Dark Forces Remaster is undoubtedly shaping up to be a dream come true for fans old and new. Prepare to immerse yourself in a timeless adventure, revamped with modern wonders, and experience the magic anew as you step into Kyle Katarn’s boots once more.