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Development of the upcoming Star Wars: K.O.T.O.R. Remake halted indefinitely

by John Paul
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Star Wars video game Knight of the Old Republic Remake seems to be in a precarious position. Although the K.O.T.O.R. has a concept that could brighten the Star War’s video games’ future, things have slid downwards. The E.A. (Electronic Arts) no longer has the required stranglehold on the I.P. in the virtual space. It will open a gate for any developer or studio to pitch their dream games to Lucasfilm. Now the situation is that the list of upcoming Star Wars titles has ballooned in recent times. However, we are unable to see any outcome or relevant releases in the near future. Star Wars: Eclipse is also a big name on the list. It is an unannounced open-world title by Ubisoft, along with the Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic remake.

The developers announced the idea of K.O.T.O.R. Remake in September 2021 as a full modern rebuild of the Bioware 2003 classic RPG. It was supposed to be among the first Star Wars titles released outside the E.A. exclusivity deal.

Despite the big announcement, the launch targets now seem highly unattainable as developer Aspyr Media decentralizes into turmoil.

Bloomberg reports that the upcoming Star Wars: K.O.T.O.R. Remake development has halted indefinitely, and the project is in serious trouble. Aspyr Media has stalled the game for an indefinite time because the studio has put away the game for the foreseeable future. The report also shows that the studio terminated the game’s design and art directors earlier this month. In addition, the studio has revealed to employees that the project will be on hold to seek contract development work.

It is happening now when the internal project timeline was already up in the air. The studio has targeted 2022 at the development outset. However, the internal staff has revealed that the project won’t see the light until 2025 or even later.

All the events at the studio and development end raise a big question mark: Will K.O.T.O.R. Remake ever release? The question attached to all the reports and news is troubling for those keenly looking forward to the game. The original K.O.T.O.R. is among the most popular Star Wars games, but we can see that it’s getting old after 20 years of its release. Plus, Disney seems to show great enthusiasm in bringing the game characters to the mainline series.

Shedding some light on the overview of K.O.T.O.R. Remake, the rumor was that the game would open to a broader audience. The idea was to do away with the turn-by-turn Bioware’s original combat system. It would have enabled more gamers to take in one of the best Star Wars storylines ever narrated. But now, we don’t know if all that anticipation will ever become a reality.

Further, Bloomberg’s report discusses a vertical slice finished for the game that excited developers. However, some believe that too much money and time were invested in the playable demo. Therefore, they could not sustain the project development to the last end.

Right now, nothing is confirmed about the K.O.T.O.R. remake release date or whether it will ever be released. While the project remains on the ice at Aspyr, Saber Interactive, the sister studio, had recently been pulled in to assist with the title. Rumors are that they will potentially take over the full development of this Star Wars video game.



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