Star Wars: Republic Commando marks another in an increasingly long line of classic Star Wars games being ported to modern consoles by Aspyr, with the last one being the grand Star Wars Episode I: Racer.
Originally released in 2005, Republic Commando introduced the team of Clone Troopers known as Delta Squad, who were subsequently included in The Clone Wars series.
Despite being an Xbox and PC game at launch, Republic Commando returns to gaming as a PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5 (via backwards compatibility), and Nintendo Switch release on 6 April 2021.
Play as the ‘Boss’ when Republic Commando returns in April
Of the many Star Wars games to come out when LucasArts was still involved with video game development, Republic Commando is often cited as one of the best creations.
Quite novel in Star Wars games at the time, the first-person shooter allows you to command your whole squad and deploy tactics, with the Delta Squad team members each being a unique character, despite being clones.
As ‘Boss,’ you’ll have both your blaster rifle and your squad as your primary weapons. While the clones can operate as they see fit, your commands as the squad leader greatly influence whether or not you’re successful in each mission.
While Aspyr have included multiplayer features in other recent Star Wars ports, Star Wars: Republic Commando is set to launch as a purely single-player game on the Switch, PS4, and PS5.
In keeping with the other recent Star Wars games published under Aspyr, Republic Commando will arrive with the accessible price tag of £13.49 (€14.99/$14.99).
Another classic Star Wars game revived
Almost emphasising the mostly sorry state of Star Wars games since the takeover of the franchise, Aspyr continues to release ports of titles from the golden era of games set in a galaxy far, far away.
Following on from the likes of Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy and Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast, Star Wars: Republic Commando will be Aspyr’s fourth Star Wars title ported to the PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch in just two years.
The Jedi Knight games, Racer, and now Republic Commando are all worthy of the revival ports, but of course, there are many more on the wish lists of Star Wars fans around in the prime of the franchise’s gaming ventures.
Console games Knights of the Old Republic, the original Battlefront duo, Jedi Power Battles, and even the movie adaptation game of Revenge of the Sith would be on the lists of many fans.
However, with Electronic Arts having acquired Pandemic Studios and BioWare in 2007, at least three of those classics look to be out of the reach of an Aspyr port. Those revived in the last couple of years were developed by Raven Software and LucasArts, who released their game source codes and were closed, respectively.
Star Wars: Republic Commando arrives on modern consoles on 6 April 2021, giving fans another chance to run Delta Squad as the Boss.