The classic Star Wars Episode I Racer video game suddenly launched on Microsoft’s family of Xbox One consoles earlier today. This version is also compatible with the upcoming Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S so those who buy it today will be able to play it on their next gen console when it arrives next month.
Star Wars Episode I Racer originally came out on Windows and the Nintendo 64 console way back in 1999 around the same time as the debut of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace in cinemas. It was given a re-release earlier this year on the Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 consoles which led many to believe that an Xbox One version wasn’t coming. It’s sudden appearance on Xbox One is a surprise to be sure but a welcome one.
This re-release of Star Wars Episode I Racer features support for modern controls and Xbox Achievements though unfortunately doesn’t feature that many other improvements such as online multiplayer or leaderboards. Like the original release though, two-player local multiplayer is still supported.
Here’s the game description and launch trailer:
The classic racer is back with modernized controls and achievements!
Take control of a podracer speeding through flaming methane lakes, Tusken Raider assaults, anti-gravity tunnels, and much more in a pulse-pounding, do-or-die fight to the finish line.
- 25 playable racers including: Anakin Skywalker, Sebulba, and Ratts Tyerell
- Race tracks spanning 8 unique worlds including: Tatooine, Baroonda, and Malastare
- Work with pit droids to upgrade your podracer for higher top speeds and acceleration
- Discover short-cuts and secrets to master your lap times.
This is turning out to be a pretty good week for Star Wars fans which has already seen the announcement of a Mandalorian Xbox controller and new content for the Star Wars Squadrons video game to help promote the debut of The Mandalorian Season 2 on Disney+ this Friday.
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