A remake of Knights of the Old Republic, one of the most celebrated games that has been created in the Star Wars universe, is reportedly in the works. Multiple sources have confirmed this to Star Wars podcast Bespin Bulletin, as well as being corroborated by Bloomberg’s Jason Schreier.
Knights of the Old Republic was a hit RPG, set 4,000 years before the events of the Star Wars film series, depicting another galactic war between the Jedi and the Sith.
However, it’s not known who is actually making the game. Bespin Bulletin said, “Amongst my digging, I heard there is a Knights of the Old Republic project in development somewhere. I talked to a couple of people, and I also found out that Jason Schreier said that it’s not with EA, and we’ll ‘never guess’ who the studio is that’s making this game.”
Following on from the resurrection of the Lucasfilm Games brand earlier this month, and the beginning of the end for EA’s exclusive Star Wars licensing deal (due to conclude in 2023), we’ve seen a smattering of Lucasfilm-related announcements. First there was Bethesda teasing that Wolfenstein series developer MachineGames is developing an Indiana Jones game, and then it was announced that Ubisoft’s Massive Entertainment, the creators of The Division, are working on a new Star Wars game.
Schreier’s comments would seemingly rule out a revival at the series’ original developer, BioWare – EA acquired BioWare in 2007, a few years after KOTOR was released in 2003. In fairness, BioWare is a very different company now to 18 years ago, and has an uphill struggle to restore their reputation with the next Dragon Age and Mass Effect games, after the high-profile disappointments of Mass Effect: Andromeda and Anthem. A third game would be pushing the studio’s resources quite far.
Obsidian Entertainment created a well-received sequel, KOTOR 2: The Sith Lords, in 2004, and would surely be a fan favourite studio to handle a reboot, but now being owned by Microsoft and the exclusivity that would entail might be undesirable to Lucasfilm Games, especially when there’s already the same question hanging over the Indiana Jones game given Bethesda’s pending acquisition by Microsoft.
So who else would have the RPG chops to take on such a task? Well, while it would be a step outside their usual genre, I think the only logical candidate is another former Star Wars game developer: Rovio Entertainment of Angry Birds Star Wars fame.
(My actual guess is Larian Studios, BTW)