Classic STAR WARS EPISODE I: RACER Is Coming to PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch This May
Developer Aspyr has confirmed that the long-awaited Switch and PlayStation 4 ports of Star Wars Episode I: Racer — inspired by the podracing sequence featured in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace — will launch on the 12th of May. The Switch version was first announced during a Nintendo Direct presentation in March.
"It’s super exciting. For many gamers, the Nintendo 64 was their first console and Episode I was their first Star Wars, which puts Racer in a very special place," producer James Vicari explained in a recent interview with StarWars.com. "And where before they may have been playing with their friends, now they can play it with their kids, their families. You know, Nintendo and Star Wars are really a generational experience and we’re incredibly grateful for the opportunity to be part of that circle. "
The fast-approaching PS4 and Switch editions of 1999's Star Wars Episode I: Racer will reportedly feature some major upgrades — including modernised controls — that would "impress Anakin himself."
"Racer originally came out in an interesting time for controllers. We were really starting to see interesting things — rumble, multiple analog sticks. Even the shape of the N64 controller," the developer added. "So it’s sort of fitting that when you look at controls today, we’re seeing the same thing. Like the Switch Joy-Cons. You really want to make sure that the game plays well and embraces as much of the variations as possible for them. So we’ve done a lot of work to make sure that the game feels comfortable in all configurations, including playing with each individual Joy-Con. The team here is a big believer that the best control scheme is the one you don’t ever think about and that philosophy really permeates everything we’ve done with the controls," Vicari said.
Episode I: Racer was re-released on GOG back in May 2018 and Steam in November of that year. As a reminder, the team at Apsyr was also responsible for the current-gen port of Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy.