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Star Wars: Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast
Publication information
Developer(s)

Raven Software

Publisher(s)

LucasArts

Game engine

Quake III Arena engine

Release date

March 26, 2002

Genre

First-person shooter

Modes

Single player, Multiplayer

Rating(s)

ESRB: Teen (T)

Platform(s)
Chronological information
Era(s)

New Republic era

Timeline

12 ABY

Star Wars: Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast (aka JK2, JKO, or JO) is a Star Wars computer game released in 2002. It was developed by Raven Software and published, distributed and marketed by LucasArts in North America and by Activision in the rest of the world. It was released for Microsoft Windows, Apple Macintosh, Nintendo GameCube and Microsoft Xbox. It is powered by the Quake III Arena engine. This game was followed by the very similar sequel Star Wars: Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy. The game was generally well received and is praised for its advanced lightsaber dueling.

Following The Walt Disney Company decision to close LucasArts on April 3rd, 2013, the developers at Raven Software released the source code for the game on SourceForge under GNU GPLv2 licensing. However, the source code for both games disappeared from SourceForge without an explanation. SourceForge later explained that Raven had requested the removal of the code, and it is believed that this was due to the presence of proprietary code that was not intended to be made public.

Opening crawlEdit

Jedi Knight II
JEDI OUTCAST
It is a time of relative peace 
in the galaxy. Eight years 
have passed since the 
Empire's defeat at the 
BATTLE OF ENDOR, but the
NEW REPUBLIC still struggles 
to restore order and 
vanquish its enemies.

After defending the VALLEY 
OF THE JEDI from the evil 
JEREC and nearly falling to 
the Dark Side himself, former 
Jedi Knight KYLE KATARN 
has severed his connection 
with the Force and returned 
to his mercenary ways. With 
his longtime partner, JAN 
ORS, Kyle continues to aid 
the Republic in the fight 
against the IMPERIAL 
REMNANT.

As the Remnant launches its 
latest gambit to regain 
control of the galaxy, Kyle 
and Jan have been sent by 
the New Republic to 
investigate the planet KEJIM, 
home to a long-dead 
Imperial outpost…

Plot summaryEdit

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Kyle Katarn and Jan Ors are preparing to begin their mission on Kejim.

The game takes place in 12 ABY, two years after the end of Star Wars: Jedi Knight: Mysteries of the Sith. Like its predecessors, it is based around the character Kyle Katarn. Since nearly being taken in by the dark side, Kyle has given up his lightsaber and the Force. He once again works with his partner (and now love interest) Jan Ors doing missions for the New Republic.

Mon Mothma contacts them to investigate an Imperial Remnant base on Kejim. A part of a transmission sent from the base was decrypted and some keywords such as "Reborn" or "Valley of the Jedi" were revealed. After battling with stormtroopers, Kyle discovers that the base was being used for experiments on crystals capable of storing the power of the Force. Tracing the crystals to another planet on the outer rim, Kyle finds that world has been turned into a Remnant stronghold, and its inhabitants imprisoned for experimentation.

Jan Ors and Kyle Katarn infiltrate the facility and free the prisoners, but not before Jan is captured by two Dark Jedi, Tavion Axmis and Desann. Having sworn off The Force, Kyle is powerless against Desann. Jan is secured by Tavion and, on the orders of Desann, apparently murdered. In order to stop Desann, and enraged by Jan's murder, Kyle returns to the Valley of the Jedi to regain his Force powers and then to Yavin 4 to retrieve his lightsaber from Luke Skywalker. Unbeknownst to Katarn, he is followed to Valley by Desann and Tavion - having theorized that Kyle would return to the Valley as part of a plan of revenge for Jan's murder. Now with the power of the Valley of the Jedi, Desann charges an army of evil warriors, the Reborn, with the power of the Force.

Returning to Yavin 4 for his lightsaber, Kyle is confronted by Luke Skywalker. Luke offers Katarn information about Desann, but insists that Kyle face a series of tests or trials in order to reclaim his lightsaber. With his force powers, Kyle easily passes the trials - too easily, with Luke realizing that he has returned to the Valley of the Jedi. Warning Katarn about both Desann and the recklessness of his actions, Luke points Kyle to Nar Shaddaa, the "Floating City" and the home of Reelo Baruk, a vile gangster that even the Hutts won't touch.

Eventually infiltrating Baruk's lair in the bowels of Nar Shaddaa, Kyle finds the gangster a poor source of information. Katarn does have a lucky break when he finds Lando Calrissian imprisoned in Baruk's dungeons. Lando had sought out Baruk when linking him to a Remnant takeover of Cloud City on Bespin. The two successfully escape Baruk and travel to Bespin, where they find Cloud City an open battleground between its natives and Remnant forces. It is on Bespin that Kyle first meets - and battles with - Reborn. Ultimately, Kyle confronts Tavion and, with his new command of the Force, defeats her. Before she can be killed, Tavion desperately admits that Jan's death was faked - part of a ploy to get Kyle to reveal the location of the Valley of the Jedi. With her life spared, the shamed Tavion points Katarn to a hidden Remnant base as the location of both Jan and Desann. Sneaking aboard one of the Remnant's automated ships, Kyle leaves Bespin for the Cairn Installation of the Remnant.

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Kyle Katarn encounters Lando Calrissian on Nar Shaddaa.

Successfully infiltrating the Cairn base, Kyle has an unexpected reunion with Luke Skywalker, and after the two defeat a group of Reborn, Luke reveals that Desann found the Valley (apparently having followed Kyle there) and used its power to create a force army. These warriors have the power of the Jedi, but not their experience or discipline. Splitting off from Luke, Kyle sneaks across the Cairn base - finding it a factory for assault craft, sure signs that the Remnant plans a full-scale planetary assault. Worse, Katarn discovers that many Reborn are equipped with a form of armor that is largely resistant to lightsabers. Eventually, Kyle finds a gigantic starship - the Doomgiver. Katarn narrowly boards the ship before it leaves, but Luke is left behind.

Aboard the ship, Kyle learns that Desann, with the help of Galak Fyyar - plans to use this army to invade the Jedi Temple on Yavin IV, destroy the Jedi and restore the Galactic Empire. Kyle manages to send a distress call warning to Rogue Squadron about the ship. By the time the ship has dropped out of Hyperspace, Katarn saves Jan and battles Fyyar. Kyle sabotages the Doomgiver's shields, rendering the ship and its cargo of assault craft vulnerable to attack by Rogue Squadron. With Jan, Katarn narrowly escapes the destruction of the Doomgiver using an escape pod. Despite the timely appearance of Rogue Squadron, enough Remnant forces survived to mount a large-scale invasion of the moon. Jan splits from Kyle - hoping to link up with Republic forces defending the moon, while Katarn sets off alone for the Jedi Academy. Through swamps and mangroves, through canyons and against hordes of stormtroopers and scout walkers, Kyle finally reaches the Jedi Academy, where he fights alongside other Jedi against warriors of the Reborn. Desann descends to the catacombs below the Jedi Academy, followed closely by Kyle. Avoiding many traps there, Katarn finally confronts Desann. Despite learning of Fyyar's destruction, Desann stubbornly refuses to surrender. Despite his great power, Desann is ultimately defeated when Kyle swings the killing blow, in what was an intense lightsaber duel. At the end of the game, Katarn is asked by Luke about what he would do next. Kyle replied that he and Jan had earned a long vacation on the beaches of Spira.

LevelsEdit

Behind the ScenesEdit

The power under the Great Temple can be tapped to defeat the Dark Jedi Desann. However, that is just an option the game designers added in the final level of the game.

AppearancesEdit

By type 
Characters Creatures Droid models Events Locations
Organizations and titles Sentient species Vehicles and vessels Weapons and technology Miscellanea

Characters

Lukeoutcast

Luke Skywalker.

Creatures

Droid models

Events

Locations

NarShaddaa-JO

Nar Shaddaa.

Organizations and titles

Sentient species

Vehicles and vessels

Weapons and technology

Miscellanea


CreditsEdit

CastEdit

Kyle, Stormtrooper Officer 1 Jeff Bennett
Lando Calrissian Billy Dee Williams
Desann Mark Klastorin
Jan Ors Vanessa Marshall
Tavion Kath Soucie
Bartender, Imperial Worker 3 Nick Jameson
Bespin Cop 1, Shadow Trooper 1, Stormtrooper 2 Gregg Berger
Bespin Cop 2, Civilian Male, Imperial Officer 2 Charles Martinet
Galak Fyyar, Reborn 1 Steven Jay Blum
Gran 1, Rogue Leader Jess Harnell
Gran 2, Reelo Kevin Michael Richardson
Imperial Officer 1, Imperial Worker 2 Guy Siner
Imperial Worker 1, Rebel Shock Troop 1 Roger Jackson
Jedi 1, Prisoner 1, Protocol Droid Dominic Armato
Jedi 2 Milton James
Luke Skywalker Bob Bergen
Mon Mothma Carolyn Seymour
Morgan Katarn Jacob Witkin
Prisoner 2 David Beron
Prisoner 3, Rebel Shock Trooper Michael Sorich
Reborn 2, Rodian 1, Shadow Trooper Tom Kane
Reborn 3 Aron Kincaid
Rodian 2, Stormtrooper Officer 2 Michael Gough
Stormtrooper 1 Fred Coffin

CrewEdit

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External linksEdit


Dark Forces saga
Video games
Dark Forces · Jedi Knight · Mysteries of the Sith · Jedi Outcast demo · Jedi Outcast · Jedi Academy
Strategy guides
Dark Forces Manual: Coded Transmissions · Dark Forces: Official Player's Guide · Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II: The Official Strategy Guide
Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast: Official Perfect Guide · Star Wars: Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy: Prima's Official Strategy Guide
Novellas
Soldier for the Empire · Rebel Agent · Jedi Knight
Audio dramas
Soldier for the Empire · Rebel Agent · Jedi Knight · The Collector's Trilogy
Comics
Sand Blasted · Equals & Opposites · Jedi vs. Sith
Websites
N.R.I. Reports · The Dark Forces Saga · Kyle Katarn's Tale
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