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News video games 23 August 2022, 10:27

author: Adrian Werner

Release of KOTOR Remake Not Coming Anytime Soon [UPDATED]

According to new reports, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic Remake will be released only a few years from now.


Bloomberg has confirmed with its sources associated with the Embracer Group that the project Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic Remake has been handed over to Saber Interactive.

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We have bad news for players waiting for Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic Remake. According to new reports, we will have to wait many more years for the project.

  1. Some context: Studio Asper, handling the project originally, has been removed from the work. According to recent reports the game has most likely been taken over by Saber Interactive. In the financial report of the Embracer group, the project's publisher, it was stated that this change would not cause delays, which made some people begin to speculate that the release will take place later this year.
  2. These speculations were debunked by journalist Jason Schreier from Bloomberg, who has a very good reputation. He stated that there is no chance that the game will be released this year. He also claims that even a release in 2024 seems an unrealistic assumption.
  3. According to Schreier, in order to time the release for 2024, the devs would have to severely scale back the project.
  4. So we can expect the game's debut only in two to three years, depending on how much Embracer decides to spend on the development.
Release of KOTOR Remake Not Coming Anytime Soon [UPDATED] - picture #1
Source: Twitter.

Recall that the project was taken away from Aspyr Media after the presentation of the demo did not meet the Embracer group's expectations. An additional problem was that the work progressed too slowly. The publisher originally intended to release the remake this year, but the developers working on the project were said to have informed their bosses that a more realistic date would be 2025.

If new reports are to be believed, the change of developer will not make the game debut sooner. Nevertheless, it is hard not to understand the publisher's decision. Aspyr Media has so far specialized in porting other people's games to new hardware platforms, and all indications are that the task of refreshing KOTOR simply exceeded the team's capabilities, especially since the game was supposed to introduce radical changes in gameplay, abandoning active pause combat in favor of an arcade system typical of action RPGs.

Saber Interactive has much more experience in developing big games from scratch - it is known for example for SnowRunner or World War Z - and thus more suited to develop a project of such importance to the publisher.

What's more, everything will remain in the family now. While Aspyr Media is an independent team, it reports to Saber Interacive and both studios are owned by the Embracer group.

Adrian Werner

Adrian Werner

A true veteran of the Gamepressure newsroom, writing continuously since 2009 and still not having enough. He caught the gaming bug thanks to playing on his friend's ZX Spectrum. Then he switched to his own Commodore 64, and after a short adventure with 16-bit consoles, he forever entrusted his heart to PC games. A fan of niche productions, especially adventure games, RPGs and games of the immersive sim genre, as well as a mod enthusiast. Apart from games, he devourers stories in every form - books, series, movies, and comics.