updated 12:40 pm EDT, Thu May 17, 2001
LucasArts Entertainment has announced a new game in the Jedi Knight series, Star Wars Jedi Outcast: Jedi Knight II for the PC. The action game, which will be developed jointly by LucasArts and Raven Software (creators of Star Trek: Voyager - Elite Force), will use id Software's Quake III: Arena engine and is expected to be ported to the Mac, although no official details are available.
The game will feature both single- and multi-player modes, and through a multitude a Star Wars environments—including the Cloud City, the Jedi Knight Academy on Yavin 4, Nar Shaddaa, and the smugglers' moon—players will face a variety of powerful enemies using the power of the Force, the Jedi Knight's signature lightsaber, and an arsenal of additional weapons.
Star Wars Jedi Outcast: Jedi Knight II picks up several years after Katarn successfully avenged his father and defended the Valley of the Jedi from powerful Jerec and his group of Dark Jedi. Katarn has since abandoned his allegiance to the Force for fear that he might fall prey to the temptations of the Dark side. However, as fate would have it Katarn learns of a powerful new Dark Jedi who must be prevented from creating a technology to harness the power of the Force. Katarn's destiny and the future of the Star Wars galaxy once again hang in the balance as he confronts his dark past to face another seemingly insurmountable evil.
Players of Star Wars Jedi Outcast: Jedi Knight II will find an expanded and enhanced use of the Force, including Heal, Jump, Speed, Force Push, Lightning, and Jedi Mind Tricks. Depending on the situation, whether in combat or stealth, players also have a variety of weapons—old and new—at their disposal, including the lightsaber, Bryar blaster pistol, blaster rifle, stun baton, Wookiee bowcaster, and thermal detonators.