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    Jedi Outcast comes to consoles

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    By Circa,
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    Yes, we are alive. It's also my birthday, so send me cake and chocolate, please. Or don't. Don't let strangers on the internet tell you what to do. It's no secret that news around the Jedi Knight universe has been extremely sparse over the last few years. This should be no surprise to anyone, due to Jedi Academy turning sixteen this year. I know a lot of people expect us to do something every year for the anniversary of the release, but we haven't and probably won't continue to until the 20th, if we make it that far. I'll give a quick shout out and say Jedi Academy is turning 16 this month, on September 16. Happy birthday to me, and happy early birthday to JKA. :)

    Moving on. Yesterday, Nintendo hosted a Nintendo Direct, which is their main method of announcing news about their hardware and games. Among the slew of games announced that were coming to Nintendo Switch, the beloved game we know and love Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast was a shocking addition to the lineup. 

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     A Star Wars classic so fun, it's back for more! Kyle Katarn, agent of the New Republic, is our only hope to stop a rogue Jedi. Get your lightsaber at the ready, blaster in hand, and prepare to wield the full power of the Force. Courtesy of Aspyr, the full singleplayer experience of Star Wars: Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast is coming to Nintendo Switch September 24th.

    Aspyr is the developer that was originally behind the port of Jedi Outcast and Jedi Academy to Mac, so it's no surprise they are behind this port as well. The surprise though, is that there's a port at all. No doubt this was a move approved by Disney and Lucasfilm, which makes it a random one, other than acknowledging that their older games are desired by many still to this day. Later that day, it was confirmed by IGN that Jedi Academy would also be coming to Nintendo Switch at a later date in early 2020, as well as both games coming to PlayStation 4 as well. The push to get these games to consoles all of a sudden is very unexpected surprise, but a welcome one. Not only will they be on these systems, but Jedi Academy was made available on the Xbox One Marketplace earlier this year as well, via the Backwards Compatibility program. Perhaps we will see Jedi Outcast make it's way there as well. It's clear that these games are still beloved by many fans even to this day, and Lucasfilm and Disney are still acknowledging that they exist to the point of re-leasing them.

    The cynics among us would say it's just to make more money, which of course it is, but they could have released any old game but they chose these. What makes it more interesting is they do this so close to their new game's release, Jedi: Fallen Order. Getting the word "jedi" in as many digital marketplaces as possible may be their ultimate goal here, who knows. They also have the new physical collector's additions being released by Limited Run games soon, which was announced at E3 earlier this year, though those will be for PC only. What are your thoughts on this? Do you have a Switch or PS4 that you'll be trying out these games on?

     

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    April Fool's Contest Results

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    By Circa,

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    This contest was very last minute, so I'm glad we got a handful of submissions. I apologize for that, and also for being a bit late to posting the results. It was still April 1st for North America when I wrote this, so I'm still safe in my mind. :) We had some interesting mods for this one, which is great! I feel the need to use media to help me tell the tale of each of these mods, so y'all can see what we're dealing with. Let's dive in to the submissions.
     
    MagSul's InversePushPull
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    One way to pull a prank is to test familiarity. This mod reverses the sounds and HUD animation of the push and pull Force powers. It doesn't sound like the most elaborate prank, but as I was playing to test out the other submissions, I forgot I had this in my base folder, and it did surprise me for a split second.
     

     
    Ramikad's Chicken-Duck-Woman-Thing


    Another good way of "pulling someone's leg" is to show them a creature that has duck legs. The Chicken-Duck-Woman-Thing, as mentioned by Ben Kenobi in the Bushes of Love video:
     
    49 times we fought that beast
    Your old man and me
    It had a chicken head with duck feet
    With a woman's face too

    According to Ramikad, what they saw was the lovechild of Tavion and Big Bird. And it is something from nightmares. I'm considering making it the new official JKHub mascot. Very well done, sir.
     
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    Noodle's Laugh Animation
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    Last Updated 21 minutes ago


    What better way to celebrate the holiday of pranks than with laughter? This mod replaces the Fast/Blue style and gun gloat animation with a laughing animation. Animation mods are pretty rare nowadays, so I'm always glad to see those pop up in our contests. The animation is pretty well done, although the animations.cfg was missing the WALK1 animation, so during my entire playthrough of the first two levels, I was entertained by watching Kyle, Jaden, Rosh, and Luke float around instead of walk. That was an added prank, that I can't decide if it was intentional or not! Well played, Noodle.
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    Darth Futuza's Rosh is He-Man


    We all know Rosh is the worst character in Jedi Academy. There are tons of mods out there that attempt at either fixing him, or embracing the fact that he's a meme. This may be a little of both. If you grew up in the late 90's, you probably remember He-Man from the Masters of the Universe, a cartoon about a shirtless, swole dude with bangs. This mod turns Rosh into He-Man. Or, well... More like if Rosh tried to cosplay as He-Man and used a sound board for voice lines from the show. It's kind of fantastic. I had to make a video so you could experience it with me. There are some other small hidden features in the mod than what I show here, but this should give you a good idea of what shenanigans Rosh is up to.
     

     
    The winner is...
     

    DARTH FUTUZA

     
    Nice job on your wacky He-Man mod. The skin wasn't great, but the mod as a whole was a hilarious experience. I'd be interested to see what you could do with more time and effort! Congrats and thanks to those that participated! I was glad to see a good variety of mod types in this contest!

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    April Fool's Mod Contest

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    By Circa,

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    A new foolish contest
    A new contest has arrived! This one we haven't done before, so I'm hoping it is a success. April Fool's Day is a Western holiday, focused on bamboozles, tricks, and downright ridiculous tomfoolery. What does that mean for the contest? Technically, anything goes. In 2019 terms, this is where the meme mods will shine. Some examples would be a fun house map full of tricks and illusions, a model of something ridiculous like a panda wearing a bunny suit that wields a banana gun, or something simple like replacing every texture in the game with a pizza texture. Get crazy and creative. Keep it fairly clean, but if you're worried about your idea, PM a staff member before spending time on it. :P
     
    The Fool's Gold Standard™ 
    For this contest, the voting process will be a bit different. Since we're starting it later than we should have, we won't have time to open the voting to the public. Typically we like to give a week for everyone to login and vote, since most people don't visit the site daily. Instead, the JKHub staff members will be the judges. All submissions will be reviewed by us and we will vote for which ones we think should win. I'm dubbing this The Fool's Gold Standard™ - as cheesy as it sounds. All mods and results will be posted in an article on April 1st.
     
    Rules:
    • All submissions must be foolish in some way. This is hugely subjective and pretty lenient. If someone submits their super high poly model of a Star Wars character, that probably won't make it - could be amazing, but doesn't really fit.
    • You can only enter your own creations.
    • You may enter more than one file.
    • Already existing files cannot be submitted. The goal is to encourage new creations!
    • Any form of mod content is welcome, including skins, models, maps, weapons, menu mods, etc. Just make sure it abides by the file submission rules.
    • Files can be for Jedi Academy and/or Jedi Outcast. We will assume files are for JKA unless specified otherwise.
    • Keep it tasteful and not over-the-top dirty or inappropriate. Staff decides as a group if things are in question.
    • The deadline for submitting content is March 31, 2019.
    How do I submit my mod?
    Our goal is to make it as simple as possible for everyone involved. The way you submit your file for this contest is to upload them as normal files in our file section, but using the category called Contest Entries.
     
    Click the button below, and submit your mod as you normally would. The category should be set to April Fool's 2019 already. If you don't enter it there, your file won't be entered until you do. If you realize that you didn't do that, PM a staff member and we can change it for you. Good luck and get crazy!
     


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