In the wake of Disney's announcement that it is closing game design studio LucasArts, Raven Software has released the single player source code for the two Star Wars titles it developed for LucasArts, Jedi Knight 2: Jedi Outcast and Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy, according to Kotaku.
"Raven is sad to hear about the closing of LucasArts today, we respected them and enjoyed working with them over the years," Raven Software said in a statement 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 2: 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."
LucasArts said in a statement provided to Polygon earlier today that it is shifting "LucasArts from an internal development to a licensing model, minimizing the company's risk while achieving a broader portfolio of quality Star Wars games." LucasArts told Polygon that game development will be handled by third party developers due to the shift to a licensing model, which shuts LucasArts from developing games internally. LucasArts was bought by Disney when it acquired LucasFilm, Ltd for $4.05 billion in October 2012.
Jedi Knight 2: Jedi Outcast is a third-person action game centered around character Kyle Katarn as he reacquaints himself with The Force. It was initially released in 2002 forPC, , GameCube and .
Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy was Jedidirect sequel and was released in 2003 for Windows PC, Xbox and Mac. The story centers on a Jedi Academy student called Jaden Korr. Users could select Korr's gender and species, and they could choose either a third-person or first-person perspective in the game, except for when wielding a lightsaber, which required a third-person perspective.