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Remake of Star Wars: The Knights of the Old Republic faces problems amid studio troubles

Aug 19, 2022

It’s possible that the eagerly anticipated Star Wars remake won’t materialize at all.

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic remake by Aspyr Media, which was widely anticipated after its announcement last year, may not be produced at all. According to a Bloomberg story, the game’s creator, Aspyr, has postponed it indefinitely owing to unrest within the studio.

One of the most cherished Star Wars franchises ever, Knights of the Old Republic, has yet to experience a smooth production process for its impending reboot. According to Bloomberg, Aspyr has already fired two directors working on the remake: design director Brad Prince and art director Jason Minor. This comes after the studio presented Lucasfilm and Sony Interactive Entertainment a playable demo of the remake (the game will be a timed PlayStation 5 exclusive on consoles).

After the demo was shown, the head of Aspyr’s studio informed the team that the project had been suspended because the demo didn’t meet their standards. According to the report, it would be impossible to reach Aspyr’s internal game release schedule (end of 2022) since too much time and money had been spent on making the demo. 2025 would be a more reasonable launch window, suggesting that the game is still a long way from being finished and playable.

Bloomberg’s sources claim that these employee layoffs and the ensuing indefinite delay were abrupt and unanticipated, and that Aspyr is currently working on other projects while the remake is put on hold. Since Saber Interactive was just recently added to the remake project, several developers now think that the company may entirely take over from Aspyr.

The stakes involved with the remaking of Knights of the Old Republic might be greater than Aspyr was willing to handle. The company was tasked with recreating an iconic game in the Star Wars and RPG genres in general, but it also had to do so with the graphics and gameplay that PlayStation 5 users have come to expect from new-gen games. Additionally, the firm has never undertaken a task of this magnitude; up until now, it has only worked on video game ports, such as Star Wars: The Force Unleashed for the Nintendo Switch or Sid Meier’s Civilization 6 for Android smartphones.

It was also rumored that Lucasfilm wanted the remake to restore the Star Wars universe’s relevancy to Knights of the Old Republic by incorporating components from its sequel to create canonical features that might be used in future novels, TV shows, movies, and video games. Aspyr may have just taken on too much, but the question of whether Lucasfilm will permit its remake to linger in development hell is another.

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