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'Jedi Knight 2' source code released following LucasArts closure

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The source code for Jedi Knight 2: Jedi Outcast and Jedi Academy has been released online.

Developer Raven Software called the release a gift to "the persistently loyal fanbase" after the closure of LucasArts yesterday (April 3).

Jedi Knight 2: Jedi Outcast

© LucasArts / Activision



"Raven is sad to hear about the closing of LucasArts today, we respected them and enjoyed working with them over the years," read a statement sent to Kotaku.

"We wish the best for all the talented people who were let go and hope they find good work in studios in the industry."

It continued: "We loved and appreciated the experience of getting to make Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast and Jedi Academy for LucasArts.

"As a gift to the persistently loyal fanbase for our Jedi games and in memory of LucasArts, we are releasing the source code for both games for people to enjoy and play with."

Watch a video of Jedi Knight 2: Jedi Outcast:



Yesterday (April 3), Disney announced large-scale cutbacks to internal LucasArts projects, saying it will now license games to external studios.

Disney's change to the Star Wars gaming model has led to work being stopped on the highly-anticipated Star Wars 1313 for the time being, as originally rumoured in February.

Development on Star Wars: First Assault has also been halted in response to the large-scale layoffs.

The announcement comes mere months after Disney purchased Lucasfilm in a massive $4.05 billion (£2.5bn) deal.

LucasArts was formed in 1982 and has since released highly lucrative games based on Star Wars, Indiana Jones and Labyrinth.

Photo gallery - 'Star Wars 1313' screenshots:

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