For a long time a certain subset of fans have been asking Raven to release the source code for the single player component of Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast and Jedi Academy, two Star Wars games Raven Software developed for Lucasarts. But Raven never sent the code into the wild. Until now.
Partly to satiate modders, and partly as a tribute to the shuttering of Lucasarts, Raven has now decided to release the source code for two of the Star Wars games it developed.
“Raven is sad to hear about the closing of LucasArts today, we respected them and enjoyed working with them over the years,” said the studio, in a statement sent to Kotaku Australia. “We wish the best for all the talented people who were let go and hope they find good work in studios in the industry.
“We loved and appreciated the experience of getting to make Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast and Jedi Academy for LucasArts. As a gift to the persistently loyal fanbase for our Jedi games and in memory of LucasArts, we are releasing the source code for both games for people to enjoy and play with.
There is no official support for the source code and, according to Raven, it’ll most likely take some work to get it running with retail assets, but that’s for the modders to figure out!