The 2002 Raven Software title Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast arrived on Nintendo Switch last September via Aspyr, and we’ve been sitting around waiting for 2003 sequel Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy ever since. Sony has recently revealed that this game will be arriving on PlayStation 4 on March 26, making it quite likely it will release simultaneously on Switch on that day. With strong reports of a pending Nintendo Direct next week, a release date announcement then seems likely. After all, Jedi Outcast was first announced for Switch during the last Nintendo Direct.
Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy offered one of the first great online experiences for a title in the franchise. I vividly remember playing the title in multiplayer on the original Xbox, and it was a giant chaotic mess of people double jumping and pushing people off ledges and hitting each other with lightning. But in truth, I didn’t play Jedi Academy‘s multiplayer much.
I mostly enjoyed the heck out of the single-player experience, which offers a terrific power fantasy of building a Jedi and customizing which powers to develop. It’s incredibly satisfying to casually slaughter wide swaths of stormtroopers with Force Lightning, followed by Force Choking a Sith and flinging him off a chasm. It’s a unique brand of slaughter that gets my seal of approval.
Stay tuned for updates on Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy.