Twenty years ago, we were treated to one of the best Star Wars racing games around with Episode 1 Racer, based on the big scene featured in The Phantom Menace where Anakin Skywalker tests his podracing worth against several other free-wheeling aliens. The game, which was released for Dreamcast and Nintendo 64, was a triumph, and is still a lot of fun to play.
Lately, Episode 1 Racer hasn’t gotten too much love, though there is a PC port available for GOG at the moment, and Star Wars: Racer Revenge is playable on PlayStation 4. But someone’s gone and recreated the original game using a new technology that has us dying to see a new game in action.
A modder by the name of Robjin has put together the impressive video above, in which he’s recreated a demo version of Episode 1 Racer that runs on Unreal Engine 4 technology. And, holy crap, EA should hire this kid because, honestly, this is truly impressive work.
The modder began work on the project ten months ago, and even though they’ve gone through their paces with the optimization and animation in places, the game runs incredibly smooth. And the familiar Anakin podracing vehicle is back in action in the Mos Espa arena on Tattooine.
Not only that, but another gameplay video has also been posted by a YouTuber named Bluedrake42, which you can see below.
We know that Electronic Arts is being somewhat fickle with releasing Star Wars games as of late, especially with the trouble that beleaguered Battlefront II prior to its release. But it’s missing out on a golden opportunity with a re-release of Episode I Racer, and this modder could easily help guide the way. Think of it- networked races running at 60 frames per second with incredible lighting and vehicle movements. Man, now we want this game.
Would you like to see this happen for Xbox One and PlayStation 4? Maybe even for Nintendo Switch? Sound off and tell us why!