Classic ’90s Star Wars Game Getting Remastered

By Jessica Goudreault | Updated

Star Wars: Dark Forces

If you love Star Wars and video games, then we’ve got great news for you. The classic first-person shooter video game Star Wars: Dark Forces is getting remastered with new resolution, cutscenes, and content, according to PC Gamer. The sneak peek of the remastered version looks like a modern, sleek new game with all the Dark Troopers, blasters, and intergalactic battles from the original.

One of the greatest games from the sci-fi franchise, Star Wars: Dark Forces is finally getting remastered for modern systems.

Star Wars: Dark Forces was first released as a computer game in 1995 before being released for the PlayStation in 1996. Initially, players enjoyed the computer version better since the PlayStation version had slow frame rates, making it difficult to play. The new, remastered version of the game will be available in the fourth quarter of 2023, so fans won’t have to wait too long to play it.

The video game developer Nightdive Studios is remastering Star Wars: Dark Forces by giving it 4k resolution, bumping up its FPS (frames per second) to 120, improving the lighting and effects, adding new Gamepad functionalities (including a weapon wheel), Steam achievements, and remastering cutscenes and content. Basically, they’re turning an old beat-up Chevy into a shiny new Lamborghini.

Star Wars: Dark Forces Remastered

Fans of the classic video game are looking forward to playing Kyla Katarn as he takes on the Galactic Empire’s secret Dark Trooper Project. Dark Troopers are experimental combat droids that were created by General Rom Mohc, and they were first introduced to the Star Wars universe in Dark Forces. Many years later, the Dark Troopers resurfaced in the hit Star Wars TV show The Mandalorian.

In the original game, players would go on missions throughout the Star Wars universe, leading them to places like Jabba the Hutt’s yacht and the planet Coruscant. Along the way, players would also need to solve puzzles and mazes.

In 1997, the hit video game got a sequel, Star Wars Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II and then evolved into the Star Wars: Jedi Knight video game series.

It was a groundbreaking video game when Star Wars: Dark Forces was first released in the mid-90s. That’s because it was the first time that a first-person shooter video game brought players into a cinematic universe. This helped pave the way for first-person shooter video games based on movies like The Thing, The Chronicles Of Riddick: Escape From Butcher Bay, GoldenEye 007, and even Die Hard: Nakatomi Plaza.

Star Wars: Dark Forces Remastered

In addition to featuring elements from the Star Wars universe, Dark Forces also showcased some new technology for its time. Back in 1995, it was rare to see animated textures, real 3D object models, double-story maps, and haze effects in video games, but that’s what you got when you played the trendsetting title.

Star Wars: Dark Forces introduced the Dark Troopers to the franchise decades before they returned to The Mandalorian.

In 1997, the hit video game got a sequel, Star Wars Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II, and then evolved into the Star Wars: Jedi Knight video game series. The ongoing video game franchise has been well received over the years by fans and game rankers, and it’s considered “highly acclaimed.”

Before the newly remastered version of Star Wars: Dark Forces is released, you can play the original version (in all its pixelated glory) on Steam. Until then, keep your eye out for the new game.

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