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Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic Remake Reportedly in Development

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Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic was an early innovator in video game morality systems.
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic was an early innovator in video game morality systems. | Photo courtesy of BioWare/LucasArts

Aspyr Media is working on a remake of the classic BioWare RPG Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, per Bloomberg’s Jason Schreier.

Schreier revealed this information during an interview on the MinnMax podcast, saying, “This is public at this point, I’ve basically confirmed that Aspyr — which is the company that has ported a bunch of KOTOR games — is working on [the remake].”

A subsequent Eurogamer report confirmed Schreier’s. Aspyr is known for delivering straight-ahead ports such as the recent PlayStation 4 and Switch version of Star Wars: Republic Commando. The KOTOR project will move away from that approach, per Eurogamer, aiming for a more involved remake.

A rumor from January 2020 held that a KOTOR remake was in development at EA, and would mix elements from both KOTOR and its sequel, KOTOR II: The Sith Lords. At the time, Schreier denied that the game was in development at EA. He did not address the content aspect of the rumor. Later, reports from January 2021 indicated a remake was being developed by a company other than EA or BioWare, which fits with Wednesday’s news.

Knights of the Old Republic stands as one of the great RPGs of its era, playing a major role in introducing morality systems to video games. It was also the first video game RPG set in the Star Wars universe ever made when it was released in 2003. The series’ canon has come a long way since then, and a remake might aim to revise story content to fit with the universe’s new continuity.

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