Many long time Star Wars fans were excited when in the Fall of 2021 a remake of the beloved classic, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, was in development for the PlayStation 5.
The game is being developed by Texas based studio Aspyr (Owned by The Embracer Group), the same studio that had been re-releasing many classic Star Wars games on Nintendo Switch. The game is also a partnership between Lucasfilm and SONY.
KOTOR is considered to be not only one of the best Star Wars games ever made, but one of the best RPG games of all time. Expanding the world and lore of the franchise set thousands of years before the films.
Many fans were excited, but now it seems the dream may be dead according to a new report.
According to a recent report from Bloomberg the project has been put on hold indefinitely following a recent internal demo presentation. Aspyr apparently presented a demo they had created for both Lucasfilm and SONY. Both Lucasfilm and SONY were displeased with the demo, which had been in development for about three years, and almost a week later the game’s design director, Brad Prince, was fired from the project.
The current status of the game is unclear as multiple staff were told by the company that the project will be “paused” and “that the company will look for new contracts and development opportunities”. This indicates that not only is the game delayed, but there is a chance it may even be canceled.
It is a shame that such a big project had to go through such development hell. Not only to give Star Wars fans a great game, but to also re-introduce the Old Republic era back into Star Wars canon. Though there was that whole controversy with the now former writer, Sam Maggs, admitting to not liking KOTOR and was in charge of the story. So maybe we dodged a bullet.
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