A Knights of the Old Republic Remake has been announced for PS5 and PC. This is the first we’ve heard about the project, which made its debut during Sony’s PlayStation Showcase. It will be a timed console exclusive, so Xbox owners will just have to be a little bit patient.
The cinematic trailer gives us a clear look at the iconic Darth Revan but that’s it. No gameplay or side-by-side comparisons to make between this and the original KOTOR.
Something we do know, however, is that the remake is being helmed by Aspyr whose recent credits include a string of Star Wars remasters on PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. These include Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast, Jedi Knight III: Jedi Academy, and Stars Wars Republic Commando.
Where these games have been spruced up with remastered 4K visuals and quality of life improvements, KOTOR Remake is being touted as a proper remake.
Further details were revealed in the PlayStation Showcase Post-Show, explaining that everything is being rebuilt from the ground up with completely overhauled visuals. The team is made up of industry veterans that even includes some of the old KOTOR developers. Even so, this is a big deal for Aspyr. The company isn’t traditionally one to take the lead in game development, but this time it is, and they’re doing so with a game that they’re intimately familiar with, having first worked to port the game to Mac in 2004, and a decade later to iOS and Android.
We’re hoping to hear more about the remake very soon. According to the PlayStation Blog, it will be a PS5 console exclusive at launch.
Originally released in 2003 for the PC and original Xbox, Knights of the Old Republic and its sequel are often heralded as two of the best Star Wars video games of all time. Some would even hold them up as some of the best RPGs of all time.
For those who never played KOTOR, here’s a summary:
Choose Your Path.
It is four thousand years before the Galactic Empire and hundreds of Jedi Knights have fallen in battle against the ruthless Sith. You are the last hope of the Jedi Order. Can you master the awesome power of the Force on your quest to save the Republic? Or will you fall to the lure of the dark side? Hero or villain, saviour or conqueror… you alone will determine the destiny of the entire galaxy!
- A brand new Star Wars role-playing experience with unique characters, creatures, vehicles and planets.
- Learn to use the Force with over 40 different powers and build your own lightsaber.
- Adventure through some of the most popular Star Wars locations, including Tatooine and the Wookiee homeworld Kashyyyk.
- Choose your party from nine customisable characters, including Twi’leks, droids and Wookiees.
- Travel to eight enormous worlds in your own starship, the Ebon Hawk.