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GOG.com Releases Two More LucasArts Classics
The popular online store GOG.com is known for selling classic PC games of the past– System Shock, Deus Ex, King’s Quest. Now, the site just added two more beloved games to the roster: LucasArts’ Star Wars X-Wing and Star Wars TIE Fighter.
LucasArts halted all development in April of 2013, and many gamers feared that classics like X-Wing and TIE Fighter would be barred from any future re-release. LucasArts has an expansive catalogue of games, some of which have received the digital treatment. The seminal Secret of Monkey Island was remade in 2009. Tim Schafer’s Double Fine is handling the remaster of Grim Fandango.
Star Wars X-Wing was released in 1993 and was one of the first games to use 3D polygon graphics. Other technical feats included voice acting (which was rare at the time) as well as a dynamic musical score powered by the iMUSE system. TIE Fighter was released a year later in 1994.
Both of these games were critically acclaimed and received multiple expansions each, as well as a “sequel” of sorts in Star Wars X-Wing Alliance. This series not only established technical benchmarks for the era, but also fostered popularity for the many flight combat games to come. Let’s hope this is just the first of many old LucasArts titles to find some love in the digital age.