The SWKOTOR remake, or to give it the full name Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic is official. The remake of the very popular old RPG has been rumored for some time. Now those rumors have been confirmed at yesterday’s PlayStation showcase. However sadly for fans that play on Xbox, the game will be exclusive to both PS5 and PC. Though the Barside Buzz is that the game is only a timed exclusive and will appear on Xbox Series X later on.
I feel kinda relieved about that, as ironically when SWKOTOR first came out I couldn’t play it because I had PlayStation. It therefore felt like a cruel twist of fate that now I don’t have a PlayStation, the game is being remade there. Check out the teaser announcement below.
The game is being developed by Lucasfilm Games and Aspyra as the rumors had indicated. Some info courtesy of StarWars.Com.
Orion Kellogg, executive producer at Lucasfilm Games, and Ryan Treadwell, lead producer at Aspyr, consider SWKOTOR among those rare works.
“I was a big RPG fan growing up. I started on the Apple IIC and played all the BioWare games. It wasn’t until I started playing KOTOR that I really understood how cinematic they could be,” Kellogg tells StarWars.com. “When I first put in KOTOR and saw that the camera was pulled down to ground level and I could look up at the skyscrapers of Taris, I really felt that I’d been put in the world in a way that I never had before. The characters were speaking to me in full VO [voiceover] and reacting to my choices, whether I was going light side or dark. It felt like it was a paradigm shift.”
“When I was 9, my parents did two things that were incredibly impactful: they bought me my first video game console — an original Gameboy — and they sat me down to watch a VHS copy of A New Hope. One set me on my career path, the other kick-started my love of storytelling,” says Treadwell. “When KOTOR was released it married those two passions brilliantly. I was so excited to finally create my hero and explore the galaxy, making the choices I wanted to. As a kid I would pretend to create my own lightsaber out of wrapping paper rolls and this game was letting me customize my own. I was enamored and an instant fan.”
“I think KOTOR has its reputation for a reason,” Kellogg says. “So if you want to know what all the buzz is about, there’s no better time to give it a try than when the remake drops. It’s an invitation to be a hero. It’s an invitation to explore the galaxy in a way that you haven’t seen anywhere else. And it’s just a really great, fun RPG to play, and replay on top of that.”
“This is a crown jewel of the Star Wars gaming lineup, and we wouldn’t be so excited to share it with everybody if we weren’t absolutely confident it was going to be an awesome game,” Kellogg says. “We trust Aspyr, we trust the team that’s working on it, and we’re doing the work ourselves to dig in, deconstruct, and reconnect to why people love it because we don’t want to mess with that. We love it, too, and so we want to do it right. I hope everybody feels we’ve done this game a service when all is said and done.”
“This has been one of my favorite games,” says Treadwell. “I’m of course a big Star Wars fan, and it has just been a dream come true to spend hours and hours talking about Gamorreans and Sith and all of the fun things that we get to do.”
“I’ve been making Star Wars games for a long time, and this is why we do it,” Kellogg says. “We get to have the opportunity to retell one of the greatest Star Wars stories ever told. I feel nothing but excited and thankful for the chance to get to work on it, and hope everybody really loves it.”
Trust me the pair say a lot more than I have covered here. Feel free to check the link above to read the entire article and the comments made by Kellogg and Treadwell. As for when we might find out more, currently no one is saying. However it seems like Aspyr have been working on the SWKOTOR remake for some time already. I just hope I don’t have to wait too long to experience the game on Xbox? Guess we will find out more in time.
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