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Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic remake allegedly put on hold

Aspyr Media has reportedly faced a number of setbacks following announcement of a Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic back at the end of 2021.

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Star Wars fans were overjoyed at the end of 2021 to hear that Knights of the Old Republic was getting a remake, and some folks were even happy to know that Aspyr Media, which has been working on a number of remasters of older Star Wars games was tapped for as the developer. However, trouble has seemingly hit the studio. Reportedly, enough trouble to put the Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic remake on hold for the foreseeable future.

Reports of Aspyr’s alleged studio trouble and suspension of work on Knights of the Old Republic came from Bloomberg, which claims to have spoken to anonymous sources close to the studio and its ongoing business. Apparently, this month, the game’s art director and design director were abruptly fired. Following this action, Aspyr’s studio leads apparently told employees that the KOTOR remake is on hold indefinitely as the studio looks to sign new contracts for further projects and development opportunities, according to sources that could be named or speak publicly on the matter.

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic remake logo
Announced late in 2021 for PS5, the Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic promised a refreshed adventure for fans of the classic game.
Source: Aspyr Media

If the above rumors are true, it looks like any and all prospect of the Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic remake coming out anytime soon are unlikely. Announced back in September 2021, Aspyr has been preparing the classic KOTOR for a remastered and remade launch on the PlayStation 5. However, we had heard little on the matter since the initial announcement, with even Star Wars Day on May 4 passing by with little news. Aspyr has worked on plenty of older Star Wars games before, including bringing Star Wars: Republic Commando and Star Wars Episode 1: Racer to PS4 and Nintendo Switch.

There have been plenty of reasons to believe Aspyr were the right fit for a Knights of the Old Republic remake up to this point, but it sounds like things may be less than peachy. As we await new and hopefully more concrete details on this story, stay tuned to Shacknews for further updates.

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    July 26, 2022 4:05 PM

    TJ Denzer posted a new article, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic remake allegedly put on hold

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        July 26, 2022 2:46 PM

        Well that's a bummer!

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        July 26, 2022 2:49 PM

        There is a "delay" and then there is this, which sounds more like hiatus/ proto cancellation.

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        July 26, 2022 2:55 PM

        2 delays is the delay sweetspot, it means the project is on track but they're taking the time to make it solid. Any more and project isn't on track, any less and it won't be solid.

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          July 26, 2022 10:49 PM

          Welp, I did not read the tweet I replied to. This sound totally dead.

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        July 26, 2022 2:57 PM

        Say what you want about SWTOR (the MMO) but if they fired the Art Lead that has worked on that series for the past 12 years things aren't looking good.

        SWTOR was limited before it's launch by its crappy engine, if the KOTOR remake was using Unreal 5 I can only imagine the things that they could've done.

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        July 26, 2022 2:58 PM

        "indefinitely" delayed being the operative word

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        July 26, 2022 3:12 PM

        Is it a remake verbatim or a different game?

        Asking cause I’m playing the original KOTOR

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          July 26, 2022 3:26 PM

          Advertised as "remake" though details are slim. I was expecting basically the same story in a modern engine with enhanced graphics and sounds. Though with it being made by Aspyr, I wasn't really expecting much. If you're enjoying the original, I'd say just keep on going!

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        July 26, 2022 3:28 PM

        hopefully they will do a new game instead now

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        July 26, 2022 3:29 PM

        Fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuck. :(

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        July 26, 2022 4:08 PM

        "Developer Aspyr abruptly fired two directors this month and told staff that the project is on pause as it tries to figure out what comes next."

        no bueno

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          July 27, 2022 8:05 AM

          "a total and complete shutdown of KOTOR Remake development until we can figure out what's going on"

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        July 26, 2022 5:27 PM

        Meatbags,

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      July 26, 2022 4:07 PM

      Feel like there is more to this story.

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      July 26, 2022 4:18 PM

      Kill this project. Kotor was perfect as is and still holds up to this day. Make a new game in the Kotor universe. I am a fan of remakes, but wasn’t too thrilled about this one

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      July 26, 2022 5:56 PM

      I was wondering about this like 2 weeks ago. Seemed like ages since we'd heard anything. Doesn't help that the reviews of the re-releases don't really call out that the remake is still coming (maybe).

      We do need an in-canon awesome RPG game of this quality. I really don't trust Aspyr to do it though. Certainly not an original work. They're a port focused shop.

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      July 27, 2022 8:18 AM

      Looking at Aspyr's wiki... do they even develop new games? Looks like everything is just ports to other platforms. Maybe bit off more than they could chew with a KOTOR remake lol.

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        July 27, 2022 8:24 AM

        I only heard their name as a publisher, mostly for those Farm Simulator games I think.

        Somehow Borderlands (or all Gearbox games?) was published by them a couple years ago even though Gearbox already had their publishing arm.

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