Jedi Knight 2: HD Remake is an overhaul remake of the entire game using textures & models, all recreated from scratch.

I plan to recreate the entire single player campaign as well as the multiplayer part of the game.
This means you will be able to relive the journey of Kyle Katarn as he sacrifices everything in order to save his girlfriend and even becomes a Jedi Knight.

Release versions will support Windows, Linux and Mac natively.

If you want to contribute or in case you got any questions, do not hesitate to visit and I will try to help out as best as I can!

May the force be with you!

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15 comments by JDB_Artist on Apr 20th, 2014

like to take a few minutes to answer some of your questions. In addition I got a few things to say concerning my work and the remake itself.

Recently my work has been featured on Reddit and as a result this mod has got quite some attention from many Jedi Knight enthusiasts from all over the world. Over the past 4 weeks, I got hundreds of emails from the USA, France, Belgium, Italy, Germany and the UK. Many Jedi Knight fans voiced themselves, wished me luck and apparently are looking forward to a fast release. Some of the emails contained criticism, a few were slightly depressive. With so many emails to read, it takes a few days for me to get back to each one of you as I am trying to answer all of your questions.

Today I would like to sum a few things up and make clear what my objective with this remake is.

First off, I would like to thank Will F. for suggesting a proper name for this project. It shall now be called: Jedi Knight 2: Reborn, inspired by the foes Kyle Katarn faces off in the game.

I would also like to thank Jon Highsmith for contributing an awesome new logo for Jedi Knight 2: Outcast Reborn!

Which leads me to my first point. Everyone is invited to help, either via ModDB or

Question 1: Why are you doing this? (JK2 does not need a remake!)
Answer: When Raven released the Source Code last year it triggered something in me, something that said: Give it a try and see how far you can get with it. I am not going for internet fame as some seem to believe. I never understood why the original Jedi Knight games never got an official remake or a sequel in all those years so I am actually trying to gather some attention towards those games. All of the Jedi Knight games have been great games, even now they are still playable and lots of fun. I agree with you, Jedi Knight 2: Outcast does not need a remake, but nonetheless I would love to see the series return with a fresh look & feel (ultimately by Raven itself).

Question 2: Disney got Star Wars, EA got Star Wars games, Raven got Jedi Knight rights, what are you going to do?
Answer (honest): Idk. If I get a cease and desist letter, be it. If I get contacted by any of these parties, I will try to talk with them and see where things go. Until then I will keep going.

Question 3: Are you serious?
Answer: No. If I was, I would be doomed to fail. I am not a one man army, and you can't create a game like JK2 without a dedicated team. I am working on this in my spare time, mostly on sundays. I appreciate all the help and support I get, but I am not working on this 24/7 and I am not rushing things. 

Question 4: Quake Arena Engine? Unreal 4 Engine? Cry Engine?
Answer: Unity Engine

Question 5: Why Unity?!?
Answer: Because I know how to use it and because it streamlines many processes so you can actually tackle a rather mid-sized project like this, without a team of 25 dedicated developers.

Question 6: Would have looked better in Unreal/CryEngine though!
Answer: It's not the game engine, it's the art. I won't dive in this discussion. But for those who think they can do better, I got a sweet deal for you: Given that I ever manage to finish anything of this and given the project does not get shut down, I will release all the source files I created, so you can assemble them in your engine of choice.

Question 7: So what's the plan?
Answer: Finish the first level, then proceed to the next one.

Question 8: When will you release it?
Answer: When it's done. To be honest I would compare this to the Black Mesa project, takes some time but in the end it will be there.

Question 9: Platforms?
Answer: Windows, Linux and Mac.

Question 10: Localization?
Answer: Currently english only.

Question 11: Multiplayer?
Answer: After the sp.

Question 12: Carbon Copy?
Answer: No. As some areas will be tweaked and enhanced, I wouldn't dare call it a carbon copy.

That's it for now I guess, I appreciate your support and I am happy to hear your feedback so leave a comment below, write an email or join the forums!

May the force be with you!

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PromiserOfDeath Jul 13 2014, 2:13pm says:

Is this mod Still alive?

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JDB_Artist Jul 20 2014, 11:30am replied:

Would you like me to post an art update, a release or a comment stating: Yep, things are taking their time but it is still active ;)

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metalmessiah2001 Jun 18 2014, 11:08pm says:

I was kind of second guessing buying this game but damn, man. You sealed the deal. I don't have a problem with the original graphics, but I'm mainly getting it for online with friends and I don't know if they'd be so tolerant. ANYway, it looks amazing so far, and keep up the great work. I really can't wait for it to come out. I know somebody else in the comments already said they would pay money for it, and I completely agree. I would ask if you take donations but unfortunately I'm poor XD. Maybe if I win Publisher's Clearing House...

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larrywilliams1516 Jun 3 2014, 11:31am says:

Hello I am a C++ programmer, is there anything I can do to help out? Personally I loved playing the Jedi Knight games and I believe the remake will be an awesome project to be apart of.

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sdk2k9 May 5 2014, 10:18am says:

So will anyone in this world do a HD remake of Dark Forces. There was one for Jedi Academy but that's been dead for a long time now.

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TheJones May 24 2014, 6:14pm replied:

I've been wanting a Dark Forces HD remake for a dang long time. I don't understand why some of the modders who made Brutal Doom can't do the same thing here. No one's ever made a good remake, (other than the one using the for Jedi Academy... man that mod was good), I hope someone will step up and do so. I think people just discard it and put their main focus on Duke Nukem, Doom, and Shadow Warrior. Don't get me wrong, their great games, but they discard Dark Forces like it's nothing.

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BogdanM May 25 2014, 4:48pm replied:

Can you tell me which JA mod are you talking about? I'm currently looking for a good JA texture mod. Thanks!

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