The Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic remake has been delayed indefinitely. The news comes from a Bloomberg report, which says production on the game has been halted until further notice, due to some disagreements. It turns out that an in-house demo of the highly anticipated Star Wars game wasn’t well received by partners Sony and Lucasfilm. The KOTOR remake has been in development for three years by Aspyr Media, with original plans to launch the game by the end of 2022 on PC and PS5.
According to Bloomberg, a more realistic goal would now be 2025. Work on Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, a remake of the 2003 RPG, is stuck in limbo as developers try to figure out “what comes next.” People familiar with the development claimed that Aspyr abruptly fired two of its top employees earlier this month – design director Brad Prince and art director Jason Minor. Further production has been put on hold as the studio seeks new contracts.
Star Wars: KOTOR’s Remake was first announced at Sony’s September showcase last year, with a cinematic trailer from Boba Fett. Bloomberg says Aspyr revealed a “finalized” demo called “vertical slice” to partners Lucasfilm and Sony last month – only to see two senior employees get laid off the following week. Aspyr Media was previously responsible for creating the original game and Star Wars: The Force Unleashed.
“Aspyr’s studio heads told staff that the vertical slice was not where they wanted it to be and that the project would be put on hold, according to two people who were at the meeting,” it read. Another person familiar with the development suggested that the current course of the project was not “sustainable”.
Set thousands of years before the George Lucas movies, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic is based on a comic book series. The RPG draws its gameplay from Dungeons & Dragons rules, with round-based combat with limitations and an alignment system that tracks players’ actions and speech throughout the game to determine which side they’re on. align. Often considered one of the greatest Star Wars games ever made, players take on Dark Raven and her Sith Empire.
Earlier this year, Lucasfilm Games and Electronic Arts announced a partnership to create three new Star Wars games. The title will be developed by Respawn Entertainment – known for Apex Legends – with a Jedi Fallen Order sequel currently in the works.
While we’re still a long way from release, Aspyr Media’s official website says the Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic Remake will be releasing on PC and PS5.