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Rumor: Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic Remake Delayed Indefinitely

Rumor: Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic Remake Delayed Indefinitely - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 26 July 2022 / 2,112 Views

Sony Interactive Entertainment, Aspyr Media, and Lucasfilm Games in September of last year announced Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic Remake for the PlayStation 5. Sony at the time said it is a "console exclusive on PlayStation 5 at launch."

Bloomberg's Jason Schreier is now reporting the remake has been "delayed indefinitely," according to people familiar with the remake. Developer Aspyr Media fired the game's art director and design director earlier this month and is trying to figure out what to do next.

The two studio heads at Aspyr told employees the remake has been put on pause as it looks for new contracts and opportunities.

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic Remake has been in development for nearly three years. Aspyr finalized a demo of the game on June 30, called a vertical slice, to show the progress of the game to partners at LucasFilm and Sony.

The team was excited about showcasing the demo, however, the company one week later fired design director Brad Prince and art director Jason Minor.

Until an official announcement is made this should be treated as a rumor.


A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012 and taking over the hardware estimates in 2017. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel. You can contact the author on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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25 Comments
Ka-pi96 (on 26 July 2022)

Worrying. Games going through development issues like this are always a real concern. Will it actually be any good when it does release?

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aTokenYeti (on 26 July 2022)

The rumor that Microsoft passed on this project because it did not trust Aspyr now seems a lot more credible

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twintail aTokenYeti (on 26 July 2022)

Perhaps. But deals like this allow for studios to be invested in, which in turn allows them to grow.

Clearly there was something there for Sony to decide to invest in the game, but it seems that the individuals who should have been steering the studio have not been doing their job.

Which is too bad: this should have been a great opportunity for Aspyr to grow as a studio.

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Cueil twintail (on 27 July 2022)

It was a timed deal so likely not that much money went into this. I think Microsoft would have been a bit more willing if Bioware was working on it themselves or some other larger RPG developer.

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gtotheunit91 twintail (on 27 July 2022)

For sure. Every studio wants their opportunity to shine and show they were worth the investment. This was Aspyr's chance and unfortunately didn't pan out. But, if the game was in development for 3 years, the target release date was end of 2022, and all the team had to offer was a vertical slice......shows there was some deep rooted issues with development.

Which for sure I can see why Microsoft would have passed on the project whereas Sony could have been seeing major potential for the studio. It's always a gamble.

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DonFerrari aTokenYeti (on 26 July 2022)

Considering Embrace owns Aspyr and they have a contract signed I wouldn't fret to much. If Aspyr doesn't met the agreement them it would harm embracer more than sony I would guess after all in contracts usually who that doesn't comply is the penalized one.

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Do you even read rumours and other reports on xbox OWN studios?
Here i know you didnt read it because our boy likes to select stuff in a particular way or write it in a particular way.

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No one cares about any additional rumors here because that's not what this article is about lol. No need to play the console war card so quickly dude. There was a rumor floating around back in May that Microsoft passed on the KOTOR remake. And if this game has been in development for 3 years now, it adds up that there was a high likelihood that Microsoft saw what Aspyr had already been working on, and decided not to pursue it,

Let's just call it for what it is. Aspyr was not the right studio for this project. A KOTOR remake may just be cursed. Not even BioWare Austin could get a remake of this game off the ground before Aspyr decided to give it a go.

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Lol , no one cares about addicional rumours ...


Brings a adicinonal rumour and his biased opinion pretending its a fact.

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You have a better one?

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gtotheunit91 aTokenYeti (on 27 July 2022)

Were those rumors making it around any other outlets other than MrMattyPlays? I don’t recall reading anyone else bringing it up. I don’t think Matty was expecting it to be this bad. He’s just as devastated as the rest of us.

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Matty is a fanboy he does not know shit.

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gtotheunit91 (on 26 July 2022)

This one hurts. With Schreier reporting on Bloomberg, this has a lot more weight than other "leakers." This story is going to gain a LOT of traction and Aspyr is going to have to make an official announcement soon on whether or not this report is true.

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S.Peelman (on 27 July 2022)

Arrgh!

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LivncA_Dis3 (on 28 July 2022)

Ah here we go again with de grain of salty salts!

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zero129 (on 27 July 2022)

I wanted this game so bad, i really hope they get it back on track.

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ClassicGamingWizzz (on 27 July 2022)

Already seeing some sad individuals being happy about this because console wars.

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Qwark (on 27 July 2022)

Delayed indefinitely, we have a simpler word for that it's cancelled

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coolbeans Qwark (on 27 July 2022)

It's phrased that way to specifically avoid saying "cancelled" though. There's still the foundation of something here that might not be altogether scrapped (yet), and it could potentially be handed off to someone else.

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Paatar Qwark (on 27 July 2022)

No. Digimon Survive was delayed Indefinitely just less than a year ago and it’s coming out in just a couple of days. Indefinitely does not mean forever. It just means there is no internal release planned now.

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gtotheunit91 Paatar (on 28 July 2022)

There are definitely similarities between the 2 since both have been through development hell, but the big difference here though is that Aspyr is now actively searching out new contracts and projects while they try to figure out what to do with development of the KOTOR remake. Because if they didn't like the vertical slice, then they're either going to dump majority of what was made or completely reboot the project from scratch. All while working on other games. So we're definitely going to be looking at more than a year to right the ship.

Granted, if this report is true to begin with lol

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Paatar gtotheunit91 (on 30 July 2022)

Development hell doesn’t decide if a game gets delayed indefinitely though. At least publicly.

All I’m saying is that indefinitely doesn’t mean cancelled. They obviously want to move forward with the project or they would have come out and cancelled it outright.

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DonFerrari (on 26 July 2022)

That is sad, it seemed a very good proposition considering the SW games that were released recently.

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Imaginedvl (on 26 July 2022)

Well that's still just a rumor. I still have hopes this is happening; I'm already to play that baby :)

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Azzanation (on 27 July 2022)

Indefinitely? ouch. hope they get it back on track soon.

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