Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic Remake: everything we know so far

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic Remake face of Darth Raven
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A Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic remake is finally happening. While the original game has long been considered the greatest Star Wars game of all time, a new generation of players will get to experience it.

Long rumored and first shown off during the September PlayStation Showcase event, it’s a full-blown remake, rather than a remastered version of the 2003 original. There’s only one trailer to go by so far, and even that was merely a teaser clip.

Since then, we've heard reports of a troubled development and a potential swap to a new developer. But with the original a stone-cold classic, and the rumor mill grinding on this one for a while, there’s still plenty to share. Here's what to expect from the Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic Remake.

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic Remake: cut to the chase

  • What is it? A remake of the classic Star Wars RPG
  • When can I play it? TBC
  • What can I play it on? PC and PS5 (as a timed console exclusive)

Knights of the Old Republic Remake: release date and platforms

A cloaked figure stands in the shadows wielding a red lighsaber

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A Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic Remake release date hasn’t been confirmed yet. However, we don’t expect to get another look at this Star Wars RPG until at least late 2022. Developer Aspyr has confirmed the game is still in early development, so it seems unlikely to launch for several years.

We 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, once this exclusive period comes to an end, though an Xbox release hasn’t been confirmed yet.

Unfortunately, it appears that the next Star Wars RPG has been delayed. According to a recent Bloomberg (opens in new tab) report, the team at Apsyr are facing potential issues after creating a vertical slice demo, demonstrating the game's major features. Allegedly, this did not go down well with Sony and Lucasfilm, who expected a higher quality build.

Reportedly, design director Brad Prince and art director Jason Minor were subsequently fired from the project and the game's now looking at a 2025 timeframe. We may see this swap to a different development team, too, as Bloomberg reports some Aspyr employees believe Saber Interactive — who's also under the Embracer Group with Aspyr — may eventually take over development.

Now, Embracer Group has confirmed that Bloomberg's report may indeed be true. Without naming KOTOR or the two developers, it confirmed during an earnings call (opens in new tab) in August that a “AAA project” had “transitioned to another studio”. However, the group also stated that it wasn’t expecting any “material delays for the title based on this transition”.

Knights of the Old Republic Remake: trailer

PlayStation Showcase 2021
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 who was one of the recruitable characters in the Bioware epic and shows off the key character, Darth Revan.

What is Knights of the Old Republic about?

Knights of the Old Republic

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Set over 4,000 years before the events of the original Star Wars trilogy, It’s hard to overestimate just how big of a deal Knights of the Old Republic was upon its original release. An RPG by the masters of the genre at the time, BioWare, it was the first Star Wars game that really made you feel as if you were living in George Lucas’s universe. 

It offered unparalleled choice when it came to directing your characters’ story and personality, and felt like a cool expansion of the Star Wars universe at a time when the franchise still felt like there were mysterious uncharted corners of lore to explore.

Knights of the Old Republic Remake: development

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

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The Knights of the Old Republic Remake is not, however, being handled by its original developers at BioWare. Instead, that honor goes to the team at Aspyr.

Those worried about the changing hands of development should be able to rest easy though: if any team knows KOTOR as well as BioWare, it’s Aspyr. This studio has been responsible for the multiple platform ports and re-releases the original game has received over the intervening years since its first release. It's also handled various other ports for Star Wars games on modern consoles.

It’s worth noting that it’s quite the coup for Sony here, too. The original KOTOR, and its sequel, never made it to PlayStation consoles, and was an exclusive of the original Xbox console line-up. The only trailer the game has received so far has pointed to the KOTOR remake being a PS5 exclusive, with no other platform announced.

Knights of the Old Republic: news and rumors

Built from the ground up with new features
In a PlayStation Blog post, Aspyr’s Lead Producer, Ryan Treadwell, revealed that the KOTOR Remake will see the original game rebuilt “from the ground up”.

“We’re rebuilding one of the greatest RPGs of all time for a new generation with modern tech, features, visuals and more, while maintaining the integrity of the story and characters that we’ve come to cherish,” Treadwell wrote in the post.

It’s still in early development
Don’t expect to get your hands on the Knights of the Old Republic Remake anytime soon. In its PlayStation Blog post, Aspyr described the remake as a “tremendous undertaking, encompassing almost every aspect of the original game” and has stated that it is still in early development. So we imagine we won’t see the game until at least 2022.

It’s being worked on by industry veterans
In its PlayStation Blog post, Aspyr revealed that the remake is being worked on by a mix of industry veterans and those who worked on the original Knights of the Old Republic game - giving us hope that the remake is in safe hands.

"Aspyr has assembled the very best talent from across the industry to create Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic Remake - industry veterans who have worked on great RPGs, as well as some members of the original Knights of the Old Republic development team," Aspyr wrote. "Their knowledge and passion for these characters, this story, and this world is unmatched."

Gerald is Editor-in-Chief of iMore.com. Previously he was the Executive Editor for TechRadar, taking care of the site's home cinema, gaming, smart home, entertainment and audio output. He loves gaming, but don't expect him to play with you unless your console is hooked up to a 4K HDR screen and a 7.1 surround system. Before TechRadar, Gerald was Editor of Gizmodo UK. He is also the author of 'Get Technology: Upgrade Your Future', published by Aurum Press.


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