As far as we're aware, the Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (KOTOR) remake is still on the horizon. However, since we've not heard any news about the game since an enigmatic teaser was revealed trailer back in 2021, it's safe to assume that the title is still in the early stages of development.
The KOTOR remake is currently in the hands of Saber Interactive and Lucasfilm Games. For those not in the know, the original KOTOR, developed by BioWare and released way back in 2003, was a big deal and served as a major forerunner to modern role-playing games (RPGs). BioWare's classic sci-fi series Mass Effect drew a great deal from KOTOR, building on the latter's rich storyline and emphasis on companion characters. For some, it's regarded as one of the best RPGs of all time.
Rather than being focused on the Star Wars movies, KOTOR is set thousands of years in the past, during a time when the Republic was at war with a Sith armada under the command of the nefarious Darth Malak. You play as an amnesiac Force user and must choose what role to play in the ongoing conflict. Full of twists and turns, KOTOR offers a well-plotted story. What's more, contrary to Final Fantasy 7 Remake and the Resident Evil 4 remake, the KOTOR remake intends to faithfully follow the plot of the original. Read on to see everything we know about this much-anticipated upcoming game.
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic Remake: cut to the chase
- What is it? A remake of the classic Star Wars RPG
- When is it coming out? TBC
- What can I play it on? PC and PS5 (as a timed console exclusive)
Star Wars KOTOR remake release date and platforms
A Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic remake release date hasn’t been confirmed yet. Given the lack of material available for the game from official sources, we don’t expect to get another look at this Star Wars RPG any time soon. The first developer Aspyr confirmed that the game was still in early development before its parent company Saber Interactive took over, so it seems unlikely to launch for a few more years at least.
However, we do know that the KOTOR remake will launch on PC and as a timed console exclusive on PS5. That means it will likely come to Xbox Series X|S after a short while, though an Xbox release date or window hasn’t been confirmed yet.
Knights of the Old Republic remake trailer
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic remake was officially announced at the PlayStation Showcase 2021, with a brief teaser trailer. The trailer, seen below, has the voice of Bastilla Shan, one of the recruitable characters in the original title, and shows off a pivotal villain from the story: Darth Revan.
In a strange turn of events, the trailer has since been de-listed from the official PlayStation YouTube channel, though it remains accessible on other channels. It's unknown as to whether or not this is a reflection of development trouble or simply a quirk of Sony's media department.
We haven't seen any more trailers since this first look, but if you want to keep your eye out for more, then check out PlayStation's official Youtube channel.
Knights of the Old Republic remake story and setting
Set over 4,000 years before the events of the original Star Wars trilogy; the Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic remake has you play as a Jedi fighting against the evil forces of Darth Malak, who has set out to destroy the Galactic Republic.
Unlike the Star Wars films where the Sith are skittering about in the shadows, the Sith of the Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic remake have an empire of their own and are a force to be reckoned with.
It’s hard to overestimate just how influential this game was upon its original release. For the time, the BioWare-developed original offered unparalleled choice when directing your characters’ story and personality. The player was able to make numerous decisions throughout the game that would affect the trajectory of the narrative, an innovation that would go on to influence Mass Effect, Dragon Age, and a host of other RPGs down the line. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic was an impressively open take on the Star Wars universe, released during a time when the franchise still felt like it had mysterious uncharted corners of lore to explore.
Knights of the Old Republic remake gameplay
The original Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic title was an RPG that saw players travel to different planets and choose various plot decisions that would slowly progress the narrative and allow you to collect either Light Side or Dark Side points. These points would eventually determine whether your character walked the path of the Dark Side or the Light Side, while also allowing access to certain powers.
Combat was a hybrid of traditional 'computer role-playing game' (CRPG} mechanics and more modern action-oriented offerings. Combat could be paused mid-flow to give you time to think, but the engagements themselves would play out in real time.
We haven't seen any footage for the remake yet, but players can expect it to stay largely similar to the original. “We’re rebuilding one of the greatest RPGs of all time for a new generation", Aspyr’s Lead Producer, Ryan Treadwell, said in a PlayStation Blog post, "while maintaining the integrity of the story and characters that we’ve come to cherish".
Knights of the Old Republic remake news
KOTOR Trailer delisted from Sony's YouTube channel
The announcement trailer for Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic has been taken down from Sony's official YouTube channel. Saber Interactive and its parent company, Embracer Group have both reportedly declined to comment on this move (via TheGamer), stoking fears that the game may be stuck in development limbo.
KOTOR Remake is still in development
The Embracer Group revealed a quarterly report for Q4 (FY 2022-2023), which lists all games currently in active development (via TheGamer). KOTOR Remake was listed in the report, meaning that the game is indeed still being worked on in some capacity.
Who is making the Knights of the Old Republic Remake?
After what seemed like an indefinite pause in development under Aspyr, the parent organization Embracer Group has confirmed that Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic Remake will be under new management. Embracer wrote in a blog post that the change was made to “ensure the quality bar is where we need it to be for the title.”
The responsibility has now passed up the chain to Aspyr's parent company Saber Interactive to complete the development of the RPG. Saber Interactive was already reportedly overseeing the production of KOTOR Remake, so this switch hopefully means that we won't see a massive change in direction for this anticipated sci-fi title.
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