Star Wars Episode I: Racer Heads to PS4 and Switch May 12

Star Wars Episode I: Racer

The Star Wars official website has revealed the release date of Star Wars Episode I: Racer on Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4.

The original Star Wars Episode I: Racer released in 1999. While it was also available on Windows PC, the title is more remembered for its Nintendo 64 version.

The Star Wars official website revealed the game would be coming to Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 in March, in collaboration with Aspyr Media, and Lucasfilm. Now, the release date has been confirmed in an interview with the game’s Producer James Vicari.

During the interview, Vicari revealed the game had modernized controls.

“Racer originally came out in an interesting time for controllers. We were really starting to see interesting things — rumble, multiple analog sticks. Even the shape of the N64 controller. So it’s sort of fitting that when you look at controls today, we’re seeing the same thing. Like the Switch Joy-Cons. You really want to make sure that the game plays well and embraces as much of the variations as possible for them. So we’ve done a lot of work to make sure that the game feels comfortable in all configurations, including playing with each individual Joy-Con. The team here is a big believer that the best control scheme is the one you don’t ever think about and that philosophy really permeates everything we’ve done with the controls.”

Vicari also stated why Aspyr Media were bringing the game to a new generation.

“Honestly, because good games should never be forgotten and great games deserve to be revisited as much as possible. I think Racer, like Jedi Academy and Jedi Outcast before it, has two crucial qualities: it’s a great game and it has emotional resonance. Those are very important to us. We really believe in reuniting fans with something they cherished, or connecting a new audience with something they may have missed.”

Star Wars Episode I: Racer is available on Windows PC (via Steam), and May 12th on Nintendo Switch, and PlayStation 4.

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