Two of the best Star Wars games are coming to Nintendo Switch and PS4

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Kyle Katarn — the Chuck Norris of Star Wars — is back on Nintendo Switch and PS4. 


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We’ve got a major Star Wars video game release on the horizon in November’s Jedi: Fallen Order, but there’s a dose of retro lightsaber-wielding action coming to Nintendo Switch and PS4 even sooner. Wednesday’s Nintendo Direct revealed that Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast is coming to its hybrid console on Sept. 24. It’ll be coming to Sony’s console as well, according to StarWars.com.

The game first came out on PC back in 2002, and offers an amazing Jedi action experience (it’s no longer part of the Star Wars canon, though). You play as Kyle Katarn, who wields a lightsaber and a wide array of fun Force powers as he hunts down dark Jedi Desann. He also gets to team up with Luke Skywalker for a while.


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Jedi Outcast has a fun, lengthy single-player campaign, but its multiplayer experience was a big part of the fun. Unfortunately, only the former will available in the Switch and PS4 versions, developer Aspyr confirmed via email.

Jedi Academy, the next game in the series, will follow in early 2020, and will include online multiplayer. It originally came out in 2003 and happens to be an incredible game as well — it added the ability to wield a pair of lightsabers or a dual-bladed one like our new friend Dark Rey. Both games have gyro aiming support for Switch’s Joy-Cons.

“Delivering classic Star Wars games to modern consoles, with the experience maximized to take advantage of the latest controls and features, is a responsibility we take very seriously,” said Elizabeth Howard, vice president of publishing at Aspyr, in a release.

Xbox One gamers shouldn’t feel left out — Jedi Academy was released on the original Xbox and it’s backward-compatible with Microsoft’s latest console, so you can play it right now.

First published at 5:11 a.m. PT.
Updated at 7:45 a.m. PT: Confirms that the PS4 version of Jedi Outcast won’t have multiplayer, notes that Jedi Academy is on Xbox.

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