A port of LucasArts’ Star Wars Episode I: Racer was blink-and-you’ll-miss-it announced for Nintendo Switch during the last Nintendo Direct Mini. Port team Aspyr subsequently announced a release date of May 12 for the podracing game. However, they have now U-turned on that, delaying the game indefinitely as a result of remote work slowing things down:
“We are so excited to share Star Wars Episode I: Racer with you soon! Unfortunately, due to the ongoing work from home requirements across the industry, the game will be further delayed on Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4. We’ll be back with an update as soon as possible.”
Performing work remotely doesn’t necessarily guarantee that work will get done slower, but for the multitude of businesses that are learning on the fly how to adjust to this new style of work, there are inevitably hiccups and growing pains. There’s no reason to think Aspyr is having any serious problems, especially after already successfully porting Jedi Outcast and Jedi Academy. Delays are just business as usual in this era of COVID-19.
When it arrives, Star Wars Episode I: Racer will feature 25 racers, race tracks across eight worlds, upgradeable podracers, and split-screen multiplayer. Just close your eyes and use your imagination (or, ya know, grab a Nintendo 64) until Aspyr finally brings the game to Nintendo Switch.