April 3, 2024
by Bespin Bulletin

Three years ago, during a Sony PlayStation Showcase, an official remake to one of the most beloved Star Wars video games was announced, Knights of the Old Republic. In the years that followed, there’s been a lot of rumors regarding the games status, with rumours popping up ever so often that the project, like many Star Wars video games, had been cancelled. Yesterday, the CEO of the games publisher took a moment to reassure fans who are eagerly anticipating the project that the Knights of the Old Republic remake is, “alive and well.”

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When the KOTOR remake was announced back in 2021, it was revealed to be releasing via Embracer Group with Aspyr Media developing the title. Aspyr had experience with various ports of KOTOR, but seeing the developer handle a full blown remake raised some eyebrows. Sony, who announced the project, were revealed to be helping finance the remake and that the title was planned to a limited time console exclusive for Sony’s PlayStation 5. Just a handful of months after the initial announcement, it was revealed that Saber Interactive, another studio within Embracer Group, had stepped on to the project to assist Aspyr Media. However, in July 2022 it was revealed that Aspyr were stepping away from the remake and that Saber Interactive would handle the production of the video game. Aspyr stepped away from the project after showcasing a demo to Lucasfilm and Sony, with reports indicating that their current course was “unsustainable” with how much time and resources had been put into the project.

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In November 2023, Sony started removing trailers and posts regarding the Knights of the Old Republic Remake which prompted mass speculation that the video game had been cancelled. Industry insider and journalist, Jeff Grubb, shared that Sony no longer wanted to be involved with the project and were actively seeking to part ways with it. Highly regarded video games journalist, Jason Schrier commented on the situation and revealed that the game was still being worked on at the time, but added that, “if it will ever come out,” is a different question. Sony later claimed that they removed three trailers due to a music licensing issue – five months later, Sony has still not un-privated their KOTOR trailer.

This brings us to the now where the CEO of Saber Interactive, Matthew Karch, briefly spoke to IGN regarding the status of the problem plagued title. Saber Interactive earlier this parted ways with Embracer Group and were able to take the Knights of the Old Republic remake with them. Karch told IGN that the remake was “alive and well” at their studio and stated that it is, “clear and obvious that we are working on this,” despite multiple rumours of the games cancellation. Karch hammered home his hopes for the remake, telling IGN, “We’re dedicated to making sure we exceed consumer expectations.”

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Despite Saber Interactive parting with Embracer Group, Embracer will still publish a handful of titles being developed by Saber, including the Knights of the Old Republic remake. In March the head of Embracer Group, Lars Wingfores, revealed that the title was still a long ways off from release. When asked asked during a financial call if the title could release within the next twelve months, Wingfores revealed that it towed not, “No, I think that kind of game needs some deep love and respect. So without giving full colour, I think it’s some time left until that is released.”

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