What you need to know
- Virtual reality developer Dr. Beef will be porting Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy to Oculus Quest 2 via SideQuest.
- A VR port of the sequel, Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast, could follow after.
- The Team Beef studio is moving to Patreon for further development financing, replacing any donation links.
Team Beef, the developer group behind unofficial virtual reality ports of various games, has announced its next classic games port will be Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy alongside its move to Patreon to continue funding these projects.
The native Oculus Quest 2 port of Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy will be handled by Dr. Beef, Team Beef developer Grant "BaggyG" Bagwell revealed on Twitter. The announcement also details a port for its sequel, Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast, will "hopefully follow shorty after."
Dr. Beef has been responsible for other VR ports of classic first-person shooters with the original Half-Life, Doom franchise, and Quake 3 Arena most recently. His ports can be played on Meta Quest 2 through SideQuest, a third-party app store that offers software not available on the official Quest store through sideloading. SideQuest recently made it easier to access its apps and games while still in VR.
Team Beef had also announced it would be moving to Patreon as its main source for financing current and future development within the next few days, and noted that "all past and future ports will continue to be free and publicly available." Developmental alpha and beta builds will be exclusive for select Patreon tiers, but the final product will be released to the public once finished.
This includes the group's VR port for 3D Realms' Wrath: Aeon of Ruin, which is currently in Steam Early Access, and Patreon members will be able to play an early access version once the service is launched.
The other port that its Patreon members can soon try is Bendy and the Ink Machine, a VR mod by BaggyG of the first-person horror adventure game. The mod is expected to release in Q4 2022 and early access will be released for Patreon members "hopefully within the next couple of weeks."
The Meta Quest 2 offers increased power, resolution, and flexibility over the original virtual headset. It is a complete, all-in-one headset that does not need to be tethered to a PC or smartphone in order to work.
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