Aspyr Media, the development studio best known for its video game ports and work on the upcoming Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic remake, wants to bring starfighter shooter Rogue Squadron to modern hardware.
The studio expressed interest on Twitter, responding to a fan who asked if Apsyr would ever consider porting the Star Wars: Rogue Squadron series.
“We here at Aspyr are huge Star Wars fans and love bringing Star Wars games to new audiences,” he said in the Tweeter. “For us, these are the games that we think players are most passionate about and that we would like to see offered on new platforms. If the demand is there, we are on board.
At Aspyr, we’re big Star Wars fans and love bringing Star Wars games to new audiences. For us, these are the games that we think players are most passionate about and that we would like to see offered on new platforms. If the demand is there, we are on boardApril 18, 2022
First released for Nintendo 64 and PC in 1998, Rogue Squadron is an arcade shooter that puts you in the cockpit of iconic starfighters from the original Star Wars trilogy. You are tasked with destroying Imperial targets and shooting Empire ships from the sky – or the vacuum of space – through a series of missions, while collecting bonuses to improve your ship’s performance in levels.
It then spawned two sequels for the GameCube: 2001’s Star Wars Rogue Squadron II: Rogue Leader and 2003’s Star Wars Rogue Squadron III: Rebel Strike for the GameCube. This third title introduced ground battles and allowed you to leave your vehicle to explore on foot.
The series received something of a spiritual successor in 2020 with Star Wars: Squadrons. Developed by EA’s Motive Studios, it’s more of a space flight sim than an arcade shooter, featuring a first-person perspective, complex flight and power mechanics, and a class-based approach to naval combat.
Is a Rogue Squadron remake likely?
The Rogue Squadron series may have gained a cult following since its release, but there are plenty of other reasons to think a modern remaster might appear at some point.
Many old Star Wars titles have been re-released in recent years, many of them by Aspyr. The studio released a Nintendo Switch and PS4 remake of Jedi Knight – Jedi Academy in 2020, followed by a Republic Commando port the following year. It also ported Episode 1 – Racer to Xbox One, Switch, and PS4 in 2020, and more recently The Force Unleashed with an exceptional Collector’s Edition.
The success of Star Wars: Squadrons could further bolster Aspyr’s, and Lucasfilm Games’, interest in returning to a starfighter shooter like Rogue Squadron. As his Tweet suggests, a port will be developed if the studio thinks there’s a big enough market waiting to find out.
Aspyr is no shortage of work, however. His remake of BioWare’s acclaimed RPG Knights of the Old Republic is still ongoing, and he’s serving as an editor on Beamdog’s recently announced roguelike MythForce. This game is inspired by children’s cartoons from the 80s, like He-Man and the Dungeons and Dragons animation.