Correction 8:58 a.m.: 1997’s X-Wing vs. TIE Fighter was not the culmination of the LucasArts starfighter games. X-Wing Alliance was in 1999. We regret the error.
These are the games you’re looking for. You cannot go about your business until you check out X-Wing and TIE Fighter.
GOG.com, the web store that deals in classic PC video games (and some new indie games as well), has just released several big LucasArts titles on its service, which confirms yesterday’s rumor. This includes the beloved Star Wars: X-Wing Special Edition as well as Star Wars: TIE Fighter Special Edition, which are available digitally for the first time. These space flight-sim releases are $10 each. Additionally, GOG has added adventure games Sam & Max Hit the Road, The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition, and Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis. Indiana and Sam & Max are both $6 while The Secret of Monkey Island is $10. Finally, the online store is also now selling the epic role-playing game Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic for $10.
“We are very excited to be able to bring these classic interactive titles to our platform,” GOG managing director Guillaume Rambourg said. “It has been a long-time dream of ours. Luckily, Disney Interactive is always looking for new ways to give players access to content, so this was a natural collaboration. To those gamers playing these titles for the first time … may the Force be with you.”
Star Wars: X-Wing and TIE Fighter first debuted in 1993 and 1994, respectively (and the digital versions offer options to play the original or 1998 editions). They each earned a dedicated following who loved how both re-created the look and feel of the battles in the Star Wars films.
On GOG’s homepage right now, you can see the links to all of today’s re-released games, but the company also promises that it has “more to come” from LucasArts. That potentially could include other of the developer’s hits like the rest of the Monkey Island series and the X-Wing vs. TIE Fighter sequel, which was the first time the franchise offered multiplayer when it came out in 1997.
For now, it’s time to dig out that flight stick for your PC.