A brand new Star Wars: Knights of the Outdated Republic recreation is reportedly in growth, however not at its unique developer BioWare, or its present proprietor, Digital Arts, whose unique Star Wars licence expires in 2023. There isn’t any phrase on which studio is behind it (although hypothesis is rife), with studies noting that Star Wars followers will “by no means guess” who it truly is. There’s additionally the small matter of what a brand new Star Wars KOTOR recreation would possibly even appear to be. In any case, a lot of the unique recreation — and its sequel — usually are not thought of canon within the ongoing Star Wars universe that features the movies and Disney+ collection.
Star Wars insider Bespin Bulletin spoke of a brand new Star Wars: Knights of the Outdated Republic recreation growth on the most recent episode of B.O.B. the Podcast, whereas referencing earlier feedback made by video games journalist Jason Schreier on gaming discussion board ResetEra. “Amongst my digging, I heard there’s a Knights of the Outdated Republic mission in growth someplace. I talked to a few individuals, and I additionally came upon that Jason Schreier stated that it isn’t with EA, and we’ll ‘by no means guess’ who the studio is that is making this recreation.”
Wushu Studios’ communications supervisor Nate Najda confirmed Bespin Bulletin’s report and added: “[The KOTOR studio is] not as mysterious as you assume. It is simply not a family title most individuals are conscious of.”
Launched in 2003 as an Xbox console unique, Star Wars: Knights of the Outdated Republic is about 4 thousand years previous to the creation of the Empire when a sure Sith named Darth Malak is waging struggle in opposition to the Republic. You play as a Jedi — male or feminine, although solely the previous is canon — who should criss-cross the galaxy to thwart Malak. Relying on the choices you make, you may find yourself on the sunshine or darkish aspect of the Drive. Star Wars: Knights of the Outdated Republic is taken into account among the best video video games ever made.
A sequel, Star Wars Knights of the Outdated Republic II: The Sith Lords, was developed by Obsidian Leisure — now owned by Microsoft — and launched in 2004 once more as an Xbox console unique. It picks up 5 years after the primary recreation and follows an exiled Jedi Knight who ventures from planet to planet to search for the remaining Jedi — the Jedi Order has largely been worn out — to push the Sith again. Star Wars Knights of the Outdated Republic II: The Sith Lords was additionally effectively obtained, extra so for its characters that have been extra richly detailed than those within the unique.
There hasn’t been a sequel since then, though BioWare did proceed the story within the 2011 MMORPG Star Wars: The Outdated Republic.
A brand new Star Wars KOTOR recreation exterior of EA appears believable given current bulletins. Disney launched Lucasfilm Video games earlier in January, which was adopted by the reveal of a brand new story-driven open-world Star Wars recreation being developed by Ubisoft and The Division 2’s Huge Leisure. Lucasfilm Video games VP Douglas Reilly stated then that “that is only the start of what I believe goes to be a really thrilling yr for Lucasfilm Video games,” suggesting that extra video games can be introduced in 2021.