Eagle eyed fans last night discovered that previous Knights of the Old Republic Remake trailers had been made private on YouTube, and that official announcement tweets had been delayed, leading to mass speculation that the video game has been quietly cancelled.
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The KOTOR Remake was announced back in 2021 during a PlayStation Showcase, revealing that Aspyr Media were working on the title which could be a console exclusive to Sony’s PlayStation 5 for at least a year and that the game would also be available on PC. This announcement delighted many fans and personally shot up my list of my most anticipated games. However, in the months that followed, there’s been less positive headlines in regards to the remake that’s seemed to have had a troubled production.
In July of last year, Jason Schrier of Bloomberg broke that the Knights of the Old Republic Remake had been delayed indefinitely amidst studio shake up’s at Aspyr Media which followed the departure of the games art director and design director exiting the project. At the time it was reported that development on KOTOR had been delayed indefinitely as the studio sought new development opportunities. The report also mentioned that the development of the game would switch hands from Aspyr Media to Sabre Interactive, who had been assisting Aspyr in the development process. Ahead of the indefinite production delay, the hope was to release the title in late 2022, but due to the setbacks, 2025 was a more likely window, according to the Bloomberg report.
Bloomberg also reported that ahead of the studio shake-ups, a demo of the KOTOR remake was presented to Sony and Lucasfilm in May of 2022, but that the partners weren’t too happy with how development on the title was coming along with one source telling the outlet that a developer at Aspyr was very much unhappy with how much time and resources were put into the demo and that the current course of the development of the video game was considered unsustainable.
In the month after Bloomberg’s report, Embracer Group, the parent company of Aspyr Media and Sabre Interactive, seemed to confirm that development on the KOTOR remake had switched studios, though they did not mention the KOTOR name. Embracer simply revealed that one of their triple A projects had “transitioned” to another studio within Embracer Group to ensure quality of the game is where they need it to be and that they aren’t expecting any delays based on the transition. The author of the Bloomberg article, Jason Schrier, took to Twitter (now X) to share that Embracer Group’s spin was laughable and that if fans believe that a video game can swap studios without a delay then he has “a Wookie to sell you.” Schrier also added that he believes the lack of progress made in two years of development is what caused the video game to switch studios and a release before 2025 would be considered wishful thinking.
Now, over a year later, fans such noticed that official channels that shared the Knights of the Old Republic Remake trailer in 2021, such as the PlayStation channel, have made those videos private. In addition, official tweets regarding the games announcement had also been deleted. This was first brought to my attention by AZZATRU on X, and as far as I’m aware, there’s been no word from Embracer Group, Lucasfilm or PlayStation as to why the trailers have been hidden and why tweets have been deleted. These, quite frankly, odd moves, have led fans online to speculate the video game has unfortunately been quietly cancelled with the lack of clarity from those attached to the KOTOR project adding to that speculation. However it’s worth nothing that the trailer can still be viewed on StarWars.com.
There’s also been no word from credible insiders and journalists on the situation, but if there is, I’ll be sure to update my readers. Personally I feel as if those involved owe fans clarity amid the growing speculation, even if it’s the worst possible scenario. Though I doubt we’ll get word from an official channel, I hope we get some update via a reputable outlet.
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