One of the best-received Star Wars games, Republic Commando, is finding a new lease of life on April 6 as the original Xbox title will be arriving on both the PS4 and Nintendo Switch. Meanwhile, the LucasArts’ classic is currently available on PC and the Xbox family of consoles.
The initial reveal came via the PlayStation blog, by Mallie Rust of Aspyr Media. Unsurprisingly, the same company who ported both Jedi Knight games to Sony and Nintendo’s systems is also behind this one. It’s also worth noting that the game will be playable on the PS5, via backward compatibility.
The main takeaway from the blog post is the modernisation of controls. Whilst it doesn’t go into any depth regarding the exact improvements, it is usually essential that games of this era get tweaked to become more accommodating to a modern audience.
We’ve done our best to faithfully recreate the original Star Wars Republic Commando feel with a few modern twists. What worked in 2005 doesn’t translate perfectly to modern hardware. That’s why we updated the controls to feel just right on the DualShock 4 and DualSense controllers.
Also on the PlayStation front, is the confirmation of a trophy list, which includes a crowning platinum. The post stated that players will earn them for a variety of things, such as “completing campaigns to fending off droids”.
For those unfamiliar, Republic Commando is a tactical-based, first-person shooter. Set during the Clone Wars, the player takes control of the tight-knit Delta Squad, who travel to various locations in the Star Wars universe to fight for the Republic. The game itself focuses on issuing squad commands to complete objectives, albeit in a single-player experience. Despite the original having a multiplayer mode, this version will only contain the single-player content.
This port will hopefully ease the wait for a new entry in the sci-fi series, with Ubisoft working on an open-world title and Respawn hopefully following up on 2019’s smash-hit – Jedi: Fallen Order.
Star Wars: Republic Commando is coming to PS4 (not currently listed on the PlayStation store) and Nintendo Switch on April 6, 2021. The old version is currently available on both Xbox and PC via Steam.