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Star Wars: Dark Forces Is Now Being Remade With Unreal Engine 4, and EA Should Pay Attention

Written by Robert Workman

Last week, we reported on the news that someone was remakingStar Wars: Episode I Racer using Unreal Engine 4 technology, creating a surreal game that would easily fit into today’s landscape. But apparently that’s not the only classic game in the series getting such treatment.

A YouTuber by the name of BlueDrake42 has discovered a fan project, in which they’re taking it upon themselves to remake the classic 1995 shooter Dark Forces with Unreal Engine 4’s tech. And even though it’s nowhere near complete yet, it’s definitely a fantastic looker thus far, with about nineteen minutes of gameplay footage to leave you in awe.

Though there’s not any actual competitive action to be found- there are no enemies or action sequences- it does show what this person is able to do with the tech. It moves at a very fluid 60 frames per second throughout, and shows impeccable recreation of classic Star Wars terrain. If you look, you can also spot the Millennium Falcon, right in Docking Bay 94 where it was left in the original movie.

Then we found out who was being the project- Jason Lewis. He works as senior environment artist for Obsidian, the team that’s hard at work on The Outer Worlds, which is set to release later this year. He’s working alongside other devs when it comes to putting the project together.

Sadly, this doesn’t look to be anything official, as EA hasn’t had a word on it, nor Disney. So you may want to check it out while you can, which you can do here.

That said, we’re a little sad that EA isn’t paying attention to projects like this. Re-releases of Episode I Racer and Dark Forces would be a welcome treat right now, especially with everything that’s befallen Battlefront II in the past. At least think it over, guys.

Enjoy the footage above, and may the Force be with you!

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