The classic Star Wars game, Star Wars Episode I: Racer, is making its debut for the first time ever on the PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch. Arriving on May 12th, fans will finally be able to get back to podracing once again!
Whether you’re locked up inside or not, this timeless classic is a Star Wars fan’s go-to racing game in any situation. After years of development, gameplay will be drastically improved to make your racing experience feel faster and more immersive than ever!
“We wanted to capture the feeling of the original, but just delivering a one-for-one port of this classic wasn’t enough for Aspyr. Our teams wanted to bring the definitive experience to life, combining the best elements of all versions of the game into an experience that was worth the 20-year wait.”Playstation Blog
Based on the events from Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, racers will be able to choose from a collection of 25 different characters like Anakin Skywalker and Sebulba. Racing conditions will vary depending on what world they choose from. Eight worlds will be available and include planets like Tatooine, Malastare and others.
In an interview on StarWars.com with game producer James Vicari, Vicari explained that Racer may seem like a simple game at first glance, but it’s that “very specific feeling of joy” that’s left such an “emotional resonance” on its fans and what makes its legacy live on.
“Legacy is an interesting thing to try and talk about. There’s like the pure metrics aspect, right? It’s one of the bestselling racing games of all time. At some level that means something, but it’s not the thing that makes people talk about a game 20 years later. That’s an intangible. And with Racer, I think its legacy is a very specific feeling of joy. When we announced it within the company, it was crazy how many faces lit up. Once we had it up and running, people from every department kept dropping in to check it out. If you’ve played it, you know. There’s just something about being in one of the coolest scenes from a Star Wars movie.”James Vicari
Help the legacy continue by picking up your copy on May 12th for the Nintendo Switch and or PlayStation 4.
Update: Aspyr has announced that Star Wars Episode I: Racer will be delayed on both Switch and PlayStation 4. The new release date is now May 26th.