Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 2 gets a big update along with Mac/Linux release

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic is still king among games for many Star Wars fans and today, its sequel has received a big-time update on PC.

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While the team at BioWare Austin is working diligently to bring story back to Star Wars: The Old Republic, there's still a large sector of fans that love the more classic Knights of the Old Republic games it was based on. This is a good day for those fans, as Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II has come to Mac and Linux today, with that release accompanied by a massive update.

All owners of Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II can download a 175MB update right now. It includes Steam Workshop support, which also means The Sith Lords Restored Content Mod will now be made available to all users. Aesthetic changes include widescreen resolution support and 5K monitor support. Controller support, achievements, and Steam Cloud saves have also been added.

To celebrate this occasion, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II is currently on sale. Those curious about experiencing the sequel to one of the Shacknews Community's Top 100 PC Games of All-Time can pick it up on Steam for 25 percent off through next Monday.

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      July 21, 2015 10:22 AM

      Aesthetic changes include widescreen resolution support and 5K monitor support

      Yep, going to have to play this again.

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        July 21, 2015 10:24 AM

        Yeah that's awesome you don't have to use community hacks to get this game into widescreen

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        July 21, 2015 11:23 AM

        UNF, never finished this one but now I have to.

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      July 21, 2015 10:32 AM

      omfg

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      July 21, 2015 10:32 AM

      Whoa. I've been wanting to play both of these again.

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      July 21, 2015 10:36 AM

      Awesome, such an underrated game, I should give it a shot again since I haven't played since it came out.

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      July 21, 2015 10:40 AM

      godamn i hope some bugs are fixed. some of those the community hasnt been able to

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      July 21, 2015 10:42 AM

      Is this going to break any of the community update mods?

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        July 21, 2015 10:43 AM

        Hope not, but now they can just go to Steam Workshop anyway.

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      July 21, 2015 10:50 AM

      oh look... i already had it in steam. does kotor1 support widescreen?

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        July 21, 2015 11:07 AM

        yeah hold on a sec here I need to rebuy both on steam (have xbox1 discs) if this is the case

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      July 21, 2015 10:51 AM

      Hopefully they fix some of those game breaking bugs. I couldn't even escape the the starter area, the mining bots became invincible, stealth didn't work and the computer couldn't open the door.

      Been trying to play that damn game since I picked it up on OG Xbox.

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      July 21, 2015 10:53 AM

      It's kind of incredible an update this critical is finally officially released.

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      July 21, 2015 11:01 AM

      woah! That's awesome!

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        July 21, 2015 11:22 AM

        ^^^^ this! for sure can not wait cool stuff

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      July 21, 2015 11:21 AM

      IT's a great game with the proper endings and cut content put in. Droid planet is skippable.

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        July 21, 2015 12:30 PM

        Agreed. All the restored content is great. The droid planet was a really good effort on the teams part, but ultimately it was kind of boring.

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      July 21, 2015 11:47 AM

      That was unexpected. Guess it's time I finally bought this game.

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      July 21, 2015 12:02 PM

      Guys, I have a confession to make. I've never been able to get into KOTOR 1 despite trying several times. The story just never grabs me despite me loving Star Wars, and it doesn't help that everything feels clunky and weird now (this coming from a guy who loves IE games, which by today's standard are complete clunkers). I've only ever been able to sink a couple of hours in before I get tired of it and feel like I have to move in.

      I'm sorry.

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        July 21, 2015 12:04 PM

        Do you like Mass Effect?

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          July 21, 2015 12:09 PM

          Yup! I also recognize that KOTOR is something of a predecessor of ME, but for whatever reason, I just can't dig in.

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            July 21, 2015 12:10 PM

            Odd. I feel like the playability of the games is pretty much the same. At least ME1-KOTOR.

            The plot for KOTOR does take a while to get into, but I liked the world quite a big. I found the wandering around my ship listening to NPC's a bit tiring though.

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        July 21, 2015 12:28 PM

        Once you get off of Taris, the game really starts to shine.

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          July 21, 2015 12:32 PM

          Kashyyk was kind of a slog, but yeah. Once it opens up, it... opens.. up?

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            July 21, 2015 12:35 PM

            I didn't mind it. Old dude was there, and he's great.

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          July 21, 2015 12:53 PM

          That's probably my problem, I'm pretty sure I've never gotten past the initial slog of Taris.

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            July 21, 2015 4:39 PM

            That was pretty much the only complaint from back in the day, that it took too long to get through the starting section.

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          July 21, 2015 5:11 PM

          Taris is the Liberty Island of KotOR.

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        July 21, 2015 4:07 PM

        That’s ok. Play kotor 2, it's better.

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          July 21, 2015 4:17 PM

          KOTOR 2 has better mechanics, but the story in KOTOR 1 is far better.

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            July 21, 2015 4:17 PM

            Oh yeah?

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              July 21, 2015 4:30 PM

              Everything about Revan and his journey from the light to the dark, and back to the light was really well done. And the big reveal where you find out that you've been playing as Revan all along was one of the best "WTF" moments in gaming history IMHO.

              There were lots of smaller parts that were great too, such as (if you were playing darkside) being able to get Zaalbar to kill Mission. Really fucked up of course, but effective storytelling given how those characters had been developed.

              I feel like if KOTOR 2 hadn't been rushed out the door, which I realize wasn't Obsidians fault, the story would have been a lot more cohesive and satisfying. The restoration mods do a good job of piecing things together as much as possible, but it still doesn't feel...whole. I love KOTOR 2 despite its flaws, but if you're playing an RPG for the story you're much better off playing the original.

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                July 21, 2015 4:38 PM

                From what I've played of KOTOR 2, this is accurate.

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                July 21, 2015 4:51 PM

                I guess. It's very 'star wars' in general. I really enjoyed Kotor 2's story and character development because it was almost antithetical to the typical star wars stories (and more specifically the movies). It's a story kind of about someone and something no one gives a shit about, and a bunch of characters that the galaxy had similarly tossed aside (or never minded in the first place) after the last war. It's not about saving the galaxy or any kind of great war or anything. This more down-to-earth (if that's an allowed phrase when talking about star wars) lends it much more closely to a character drama than a great epic, and I think it delivers successfully and builds on it well throughout.

                I think KOTOR1 is a good game, but it's just a bit trite and feels old hat. I enjoyed KOTOR 2's story more because it was very different for a Star Wars story (Which is generally, you know Good Vs. Evil vs. Wait I am the evil), and it explores a lot of tropes and inherent star wars things in a more grey way which makes something inherently boring like the force a bit more engaging.

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                  July 21, 2015 5:04 PM

                  KOTOR 2 had a ton of potential, don't get me wrong. And what story is there is really good. But it suffers a lot from the fact that its development was cut short when it's obvious it needed at least another 6 months to cook. There's a lot of plotlines that basically go nowhere, mostly because of that shortened production period. That's the part that's always bothered me. But I get what you're saying, and you're not wrong about it being a pretty different take on the subject matter. They were on the right path with that.

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                  July 21, 2015 5:06 PM

                  Also kreia is one of the best written and acted characters in any game ever

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                    July 21, 2015 5:08 PM

                    She is probably my favorite character in all of Star Wars, canon or not.

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                  July 21, 2015 5:07 PM

                  The power in KotOR 2 came from attempting to deconstruct the very mythos of Star Wars. It looked not through the lens of what is, but what should be. It wasn't afraid to ask question that lead to the Jedi looking just as awful as the Sith.

                  It also was willing to slap you in the face for doing what RPGs have trained you to do.

                  I really, really wish they had been given the ability to finish the game especially the possibility for Atris to take up the mantle of Darth Traya instead of Kreia returning to it. At least we got the fan patch that fixes and restores large chunks of it.

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        July 21, 2015 4:32 PM

        The starting planet sucks ass, power through it and enjoy one of the best games ever!!

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      July 21, 2015 12:04 PM

      Holy shit... Did this always have controller support on PC? Because that alone is enough to get me to play again.

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        July 21, 2015 12:29 PM

        Pretty sure I had to use X-padder.

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          July 21, 2015 12:30 PM

          Yeah I know KOTOR 1 doesn't have controller support, but I wasn't too sure about 2. This is wonderful news.

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      July 21, 2015 12:06 PM

      Yeah I saw that update queued earlier on Steam and wondered what the hell it was about. That's pretty awesome!

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      July 21, 2015 12:13 PM

      When is the patch that makes it official starwars cannon again?

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        July 21, 2015 12:27 PM

        Yeah I'm not sure how I've been able to sleep at night knowing that Revan doesn't really exist.

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          July 21, 2015 12:29 PM

          it's official as of now, btw. HK-47 and Revan exist. So does Malak. Officially.

          If lucasfilm says it's not true, they can get fucked, because it's too late, it's official.

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            July 21, 2015 12:34 PM

            I don't understand why people get so hung up on what's canon and what isn't. First off I think it's necessary for Disney to do so they can cull all the horrific bullshit that's been plaguing the EU for decades. Second, who really cares? Let it be detached from the universe as a whole. Especially something like a video game where the story can end differently for people. Whether or not it's canon isn't going to ruin my enjoyment of the game.

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              July 21, 2015 12:36 PM

              Haha, totally. I actually had no idea it wasn't canon, so therefore I'm declaring it IS canon, because it SHOULD BE. :D If there's a canon battle, HK-47 will be included, I can promise you that. lol

              But yeah, there should be allowances for offshoots and all sorts of creative freedom. I think the cartoons do exactly that, right? And that has some fucking excellent writing. Similarly, the games are awesome.

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                July 21, 2015 12:48 PM

                Hah I see you were taking the piss a bit. But actually, the cartoons (Clone Wars and Rebels) are official canon. As is basically anything produced after the Disney acquisition such as books and comics.

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                  July 21, 2015 12:50 PM

                  Oh really? Interesting, didn't know that! So then, how is KOTOR, something officially produced by Lucasarts, apparently one of the only products that ISN'T canon ?

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                    July 21, 2015 12:53 PM

                    Long story short is that it was made before the Disney acquisition. Really, though, all Disney has done is given themselves the opportunity to choose what is canon and what isn't. I suppose they could come out right now and say "hey, KOTOR is canon. HK-47 LIVES, motherfuckers" and call it a day.

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                    July 21, 2015 4:20 PM

                    Current canon status:
                    The 6 movies.
                    The Clone Wars and Rebels TV series.
                    The small number of books/comics that have been released since Disney bought Lucas out in 2012.

                    Everything else got tossed.

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                      July 22, 2015 1:33 AM

                      Well, not 'everything' from what I've read. They are picking through some bits of the EU to keep. I wanna say I read this when they first announced the Story Group.

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                July 21, 2015 3:47 PM

                I'm actually really glad that KotOR, KotOR 2, and TOR were wiped along with everything else.

                Not only does it return them to the apocryphal concept they sprang from (Tales of the Jedi), but it means I can officially be justified in my ignoring of Drew Karpyshyn's horrid destruction of KotOR 2's Exile.

                Karpyshyn, I know you're not reading this, but still, just because it wasn't your character doesn't mean you have to take away everything that made them interesting. I realize it makes it easier to maintain your character's apparent coolness, but taking a crap on other people's work is a pretty lazy method.

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                July 21, 2015 4:18 PM

                The cartoons are considered part of the main canon actually.

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              July 21, 2015 11:01 PM

              cull, then replace it with their own bullshit. Like Han's wife

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        July 22, 2015 12:15 AM

        Come this Xmas that all changes again anyway.

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      July 21, 2015 12:29 PM

      This is awesome news.

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      July 21, 2015 12:31 PM

      Whoa, net. This one was still sitting in my steam inventory for an occasion like this :D

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      July 21, 2015 12:32 PM

      lol did they just grab the fan made fixes and roll them up?

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      July 21, 2015 12:34 PM

      WTH that's kinda of random, 10 years after the release?

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      July 21, 2015 12:39 PM

      Also, I'm a bit confused by the story text. Did BioWare do this update as suggested? I thought Obsidian made the sequel.

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        July 21, 2015 12:41 PM

        i know nothing about this, but it reads like yes - obisidian originally made the game, but bioware's austin studio is who was doing the updates just now

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          July 21, 2015 12:44 PM

          Oh, that blurb is just referencing BioWare's work on The Old Republic MMO. Confused me. I assume Obsidian or some leftovers from the original team who worked at Obsidian made this update possible. But I don't know.

          Suppose I'm more interested in the story of how this happened.

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      July 21, 2015 11:07 PM

      I thought this was about the MMO - but wtf its kotor2?

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        July 21, 2015 11:53 PM

        KotOR 2 is quite possibly the best exploration of the mythos of Star Wars that ever made it to commercial status, even it it's broken state.

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      July 21, 2015 11:26 PM

      I wonder if an iOS/Android release for KOTOR 2 is imminent.

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        July 22, 2015 12:18 AM

        Seems obvious. Doing the porting work to Linux seems pointless unless there's some other agenda as well.

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      July 22, 2015 12:17 AM

      That gives me a bit of hope there might actually be another Star Wars rpg at some point... Unless they're just doing this to push the MMO.