In a move ostensibly in mourning over the closure of LucasArts, Raven Software have released the source code for both Jedi Outcast and Jedi Academy, two of the most loved Star Wars games – still very much played to this day.
In a statement to Kotaku Australia, Raven had this to say: “Raven is sad to hear about the closing of LucasArts today, we respected them and enjoyed working with them over the years. 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 II: 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.”
It’s thought modders have been craving the source code to the two aforementioned titles for quite some time, unable to acquire it because of LucasArts’ unwillingness to turn it over. It’s not clear what might come of releasing the source code, but it seems likely that various multiplayer mods will likely pay homage to the studio closure over the coming months.