Star Wars fans who own a PlayStation 4 or Nintendo Switch can now relive the glory days of Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy. The game’s debut on modern consoles also invites first-timers to take up a lightsaber. Or it least it would, if PC players weren’t invading console servers and going all Order 66 on the poor newbies.
Jedi Academy first released in 2003, and PC Gamer reports that its online multiplayer servers have been active since. The player base has dwindled in the following 17 years, with one estimate saying there were 250 active players in 2019. That number got a boost this weekend, as Jedi Academy‘s PS4 and Switch ports released with multiplayer intact.
The veterans and initiates are supposed to be separated by different servers dedicated to each platform. Streams are crossing, however, because the console versions display IP addresses of their multiplayer servers right on screen. All PC players have to do is take that IP and enter it into their settings. This allows them to play on the console servers with no issue.
These invaders have many clear advantages. PC players will always fare better on average due to the precision afforded by mouse and keyboard controls. This is especially true with a game like Jedi Academy where the multiplayer consists of shooter mechanics and objective-based modes like capture the flag. Combine that with the years of experience these PC players have… and it’s like sending padawans to fight a Sith lord.
Some might ask why these players are going out of the way to take on wide-eyed Switch players for easy wins. It’s not like Jedi Academy has a ranked scene or a battle pass where winning helps you grind faster. The likely answer is trolls and those who like to feel powerful by bullying newbies. One player, at least, is doing it for content. They stream their slaughter on the most vile hub of scum and villainy: Twitch.
“I joined a game where 1 player was absolutely mopping the floor with us and he had .twitchtv in his username,” writes ResetEra poster Max Payment. “Sure enough, I looked him up and he was playing on PC in a Switch server absolutely decimating everyone.”
Twitter users have since taken to Jedi Academy developer Aspyr’s page to make the issue known and ask for a fix. There has not been a reply as of this writing, nor has Aspyr responded to PC Gamer’s request for comment. Hopefully they address the issue soon, or a promising multiplayer experience will be short a lot of younglings.
Sources: PC Gamer, Nintendo Life
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