Star Wars Dark Forces - Unreal Edition




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Published on May 30, 2017

Test work on re-creating classic Star Wars shooter Dark Forces in Unreal Engine.

Check out the Steam Group if interested!

Demo will be released soon. All Steam owners of Dark Forces will be eligible for the Unreal Edition.

This is a new project I have begun to remake Dark Forces in Unreal Engine. The eventual goal is to re-create all of the gameplay of the first mission, 'Secret Base' (that was also the original Dark Forces demo!)

Join the Steam Group or subscribe here to follow our progress!: http://steamcommunity.com/groups/SWDa...

A bit of background:
Several years back, I created a series of custom missions for Dark Forces called 'The Dark Tide'. Along with the help of talented people, we released 8 missions as Episodes I-IV. The final release was supposed to be Episode V, but by that time I had begun working in the AAA game industry and I put my plans on hold.

Rather than try to create a mod for an old game, I thought it would be more fun for fans (and new ones to come!), to play a re-creation of the game in Unreal Engine as a tribute to the original, yet adapted to modern gaming.

How can this Unreal Engine edition improve on the original, JEDI engine-based Dark Forces?

Graphical improvements:
- Full static and dynamic lighting, post-processing, ambient occlusion, etc. vs. JEDI engine sector based texture palette tricks to simulate light. This can be seen in the example video.

- Gameplay improvements, modifications:
This benefit holds the most possiblities, and is the real benefit over DarkXL. Since there was never a source code release of the JEDI engine, there was never a way to fundamentally add to or alter the game. Re-creating the game this way makes nearly anything possible- to things as simple as full controller support, and hotkeyed weapons to as complicated as better AI behavior, or RPG-like elements.
An example of this kind of change is seen here as interactive pickups (hit Return to pick-up instead of walk over):

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    • Star Wars: Dark Forces
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