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.
Plot summaryEditThe game takes place in 12 ABY, two years after the end of Star Wars: Jedi Knight: Mysteries of the Sith. Like its predecessors, the game has Kyle Katarn as the protagonist. Since nearly falling to the dark side, Katarn has given up his lightsaber and the Force. He now works as a mercenary for the New Republic alongside his partner and lover, Jan Ors.
Mission to KejimEdit
Mon Mothma contacts Katarn and Ors to investigate an Imperial Remnant base on Kejim after the New Republic intercepted a suspicious transmission coming from the base containing keywords such as "Reborn" and "Valley of the Jedi." After infiltrating the base and fighting off Remnant forces, Katarn and Ors discover that the Remnant is conducting experiments on crystals capable of storing the power of the Force.
Mission to Artus PrimeEdit
Tracing the crystals' origin to Artus Prime in the Outer Rim, Katarn and Ors find that the Remnant has turned that remote world into a mining facility and imprisoned its inhabitants for experimentation. Katarn infiltrates the facility and frees the prisoners. After fending off Remnant forces and evacuating the prisoners, Katarn goes to the rendezvous point to meet Ors. He sees that Ors has been captured by Desann, a Dark Jedi, and his apprentice, Tavion. Having renounced the ways of the Force, Katarn is powerless against Desann, who throws him around and chokes him with the Force. Desann taunts him before ordering Tavion to execute Ors. The two Dark Jedi then flee.
Returning to the Valley of the Jedi and retrieving his lightsaberEdit
Enraged by his lover's death, Katarn returns to the Valley of the Jedi to regain his Force powers quickly, and then heads off to the Jedi Academy on Yavin 4 to retrieve his lightsaber. Unknown to him, Desann and Tavion had secretly followed Katarn to the Valley, having theorized that he would go there to seek the power of the Force in his quest for vengeance. Desann uses the Valley's power to create an army of Reborn.
Trials on Yavin 4Edit
Upon arriving at the Jedi Academy, Katarn meets Luke Skywalker and asks for his lightsaber and information on Desann. The Jedi Master tells him about Desann's background and says he needs to pass a series of trials to get his lightsaber back. Katarn passes the trials too easily. Skywalker realizes he has been to the Valley and cautions him on the recklessness of his actions. He then directs Katarn to Nar Shaddaa, where he can find Reelo Baruk, a Rodian crime lord who might have information on Desann's whereabouts.
Mission to Nar ShaddaaEditIn Nar Shaddaa, Katarn visits Baruk's bar and tries to find out where Baruk is from the Chiss bartender. It turns out into a fight after Katarn reveals himself as a Jedi. Fighting off several of Baruk's thugs along the way, Katarn eventually makes his way to Baruk's hideout. He encounters Lando Calrissian, who is imprisoned in Baruk's dungeon. Calrissian had sought out Baruk after learning that he is linked to a smuggling ring on Bespin, but was captured before he could find out more. Katarn frees Calrissian and they try to leave Nar Shaddaa on Calrissian's ship, the Lady Luck, but run into trouble with Baruk and his thugs. Katarn shoots down Baruk with the ship's guns and they move on to Bespin.
Mission to BespinEdit
On Bespin, Calrissian drops off Katarn at the lower levels of Cloud City, while he heads to the upper levels to gather security forces to deal with Baruk's thugs and Remnant forces. Their aim is to trap Desann in the middle levels before he can escape. While making his way upward through the undercity, Katarn encounters Reborn for the first time and defeats them. He finds and confronts Tavion, who tells him about how Ors's death was part of their plan to trick him into revealing where the Valley of the Jedi is. An enraged Katarn defeats Tavion and starts Force choking her. Pleading for mercy, she tells him that Ors is actually still alive on board the Doomgiver. Katarn spares her and she flees in shame. He then boards one of the Remnant's automated hauler, which brings him to a Remnant base in the Lenico Belt.
Mission to the Cairn InstallationEdit
While searching for the Doomgiver in the Cairn Installation, Katarn has an unexpected encounter with Skywalker. After defeating a group of Reborn together, they share information on what they have found and come to the conclusion that Desann not only wants to create a Reborn army, but also equip them with armor made from cortosis, a rare mineral that can resist lightsabers. Despite the odds, Skywalker believes that the Jedi's training and discipline will ultimately give them an advantage over the Reborn. The two then split up. Making his way stealthily across the Cairn Installation, Katarn sees the Remnant assembling AT-RDPs, AT-STs, and other assault craft in preparation for a full-scale planetary invasion. He also encounters and defeats some Shadowtroopers, Reborn equipped with cortosis armor. After sneaking on board the Doomgiver, Katarn sees Desann and Skywalker engaging in a lightsaber duel before Desann uses the Force to push back Skywalker and flees on board the Doomgiver too.
On board the DoomgiverEdit
Aboard the ship, Katarn 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. Katarn manages to send a warning to Rogue Squadron about the impending invasion. By the time the ship drops out of hyperspace, Katarn has found and saved Ors. He defeats Fyyar and sabotages the Doomgiver's shields, rendering the ship and its cargo of assault craft vulnerable to attack by Rogue Squadron. With Ors's help, Katarn narrowly escapes the destruction of the Doomgiver in an escape pod. Despite the timely appearance of Rogue Squadron, enough Remnant forces survived to mount a large-scale invasion of the moon.
Defending the Jedi AcademyEdit
Upon landing on Yavin IV, Ors goes to link up with Republic forces to counter the Remnant, while Katarn makes his way to the Jedi Academy. After passing through swamps and canyons, and fighting off Remnant forces and AT-STs along the way, Katarn finally reaches the Jedi Academy, where he joins his fellow Jedi in fighting the Reborn and Shadowtroopers. He tracks down Desann to the catacombs below the Jedi Academy, and confronts the Dark Jedi face-to-face.
Despite learning of the Doomgiver's destruction, Desann refuses to acknowledge defeat and engages Katarn in a lightsaber duel. Katarn ultimately defeats and slays Desann. Upon learning of Desann's defeat, the remaining Remnant forces, Reborn and Shadowtroopers surrender to the Jedi and New Republic, thus ending the conflict.
After everything is over, Skywalker asks Katarn what he would like to do next. Katarn replies that he will keep his lightsaber, and that he and Ors have earned a long vacation on the beaches of Spira.
- Mission to Kejim
- Battle of Artus Prime
- Force Training on Yavin 4
- Mission to Nar Shaddaa (Empire Reborn)
- Battle of Bespin (Empire Reborn)
- Mission to Cairn Installation
- Battle of Yavin 4 (Empire Reborn)
- Mission on Alzoc III (Empire Reborn)
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- Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast on Wikipedia
- Official Jedi Outcast homepage via Internet Archive
- Jedi Outcast source code mirror at GitHub
- OpenJK - a community project to update Jedi Academy and Jedi Outcast