It’s not just Pod Racer that’s getting the modern Unreal treatment. Another developer has been working on bringing Dark Forces into the 21st century, and holy shit is it coming along nicely.
The Dark Forces remaster comes courtesy of Jason Lewis, a senior environment artist at Obsidian. We’ve reported on his work before, but in the last few months his remake of the Dark Forces opening level has really come a long way.
You can see a ton of work in progress shots over at Lewis’s ArtStation, but I’ve compiled a selection below to give you the full nostalgia hit.
All images: Jason Lewis (Artstation)
The project was inspired by the work Lewis and other developers did on the Mos Eisley tech demo, which some Obsidian developers used as an opportunity to get more experience with the Unreal Engine. Still shots of the level have floated around the net before, but a full walkthrough of the level has been uploaded by YouTuber Bluedrake 42.
Needless to say, it’s enough to make you want more Dark Forces and Jedi Knight remakes.
Hey Disney, if you’re listening: give Obsidian (and Microsoft these days I guess) a call. I’m sure they’d love to spin this out into something bigger. Or ask Nightdive: I hear they’re interested in some remakes.