The best Star Wars game of all time has finally been recreated in Unreal 4.
No, we’re not talking about Rogue Squadron or Knights of the Old Republic. We’re talking about the fastest action in the galaxy: Star Wars Episode 1: Racer.
For those too young to remember, this was the racing game that came out shortly after Star Wars Episode 1 was released. It featured the best part of the movie, pod racing, and got rid of all the weird Jar Jar Binks and Jedi stuff. It was just all racing all the time, baby.
While the game was released on the Nintendo 64 and Dreamcast in 1999, perhaps the best version was the arcade cabinet that came out in 2000. Called Star Wars: Racer Arcade, it featured a replica of the pod and the same simple controls featured in the movie where turning left or right was all a matter of throttling up or down that side’s engine.
Perhaps best of all, it even featured the voices of the very same actors who played Anakin Skywalker and Sebulba in The Phantom Menace.
And now, one Star Wars fan has recreated the game in glorious full HD using the Unreal 4 engine.
Modder RobJin posted the unofficial trailer to his YouTube channel to announce his personal project. He’s done an incredible job getting the animation and sense of speed from the original racing game and translating it to modern hardware. It’s a quantum leap going from the N64 to a modern gaming PC, and it must have been no small feat to remodel the entire Tatooine race track.
It’s not perfect, mind you. So far, only Anakin’s podracer is featured, and there are some optimization and animation issues that still need to be ironed out. You can see those for yourself on another YouTuber’s review of the playable demo, which you can even download to try out for yourself.
As awesome as this remake is, and even with the lengthy disclaimer at the beginning of the trailer, we can’t see Disney letting this stick around for very long. Disney is extremely protective of their intellectual property, and even though RobJin has no intention of making any cash from his project, Disney’s lawyers are almost certain to shut him down eventually.
Download that demo while you can!