Star Wars: Dark Forces Remaster Release Date Revives A Classic In February

It's almost time to revisit a retro shooter classic, as the Star Wars: Dark Forces Remaster release date has been revealed.

Published: October 24, 2023 10:41 AM /


Stormtroopers lining up in a corridor to shoot at the player in Star Wars: Dark Forces Remaster

Nightdive Studios has announced the Star Wars: Dark Forces Remaster release date.

The game, which is a remastered version of the 1995 classic Star Wars: Dark Forces, arrives on PC and consoles on February 28th.

Two characters talking to one another in a Star Wars: Dark Forces Remaster cutscene
Star Wars: Dark Forces Remaster will feature reworked visuals and more.

Per a press release, Nightdive has fully remastered Dark Forces "through its proprietary KEX engine", which means the game can now run in 4K resolution at up to 120fps.

The remaster will also feature gameplay and presentation tweaks, as well as hi-res textures, better lighting, and gamepad support on consoles.

You can also look forward to support for motion and gyro controls, as well as a new weapon wheel system on consoles that lets you browse your arsenal more efficiently.

Kyle Katarn shooting at ceiling-mounted cameras with a machine gun in Star Wars: Dark Forces Remaster
Nightdive's Star Wars: Dark Forces Remaster looks sharper than the 1995 original.

Star Wars: Dark Forces is the first FPS game created in the Star Wars universe.

It stars Kyle Katarn, an Imperial defector who's now working as a mercenary. He finds himself working alongside the Rebel Alliance in order to infiltrate the Empire and put a stop to a terrifying new secret military project.

If you've played the original Doom, as well as games like Marathon, the gameplay will likely feel familiar; it's very much a mid-90s pre-Quake shooter, full of simple arcade-style action.

Prior to Nightdive's remaster, the only real way to experience Dark Forces on modern systems was to use the Force Engine mod, which adds in a mod loader, high-resolution support, and key binding.

Naturally, that mod is still available, so if you want to check out Dark Forces before the remaster is released, I'd highly recommend giving it a download.

Supposedly, this isn't the only Star Wars first-person shooter on the way in the future, either.

Back in early 2022, Respawn announced that it had three Star Wars titles currently in the works: a sequel to Jedi: Fallen Order (which was released earlier this year), a strategy game, and an FPS.

We've yet to hear more details about that project, though. Stay tuned for more.

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