There is no shortage of major AAA Star Wars titles being developed by studios across the industry these days, and one that many are looking forward to is the remake of Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic developed by Aspyr Media. BioWare’s original 2003 game is considered one of the best games of its kind even today, nearly two decades after its release, and expectations for its remake are high.
Aspyr is owned by the Embracer Group and operates under the Saber Interactive label. During a recent Embracer investor Q&A session, Matthew Karch – co-founder of Saber and board member of Embracer – spoke about the remake and its development.
Asked how the remake is progressing, Karch said that Aspyr is making “the best game they can make” and also confirmed that Saber Interactive is also supporting the development of the game. He also mentioned an exclusive deal with Sony that will release the game as a PS5 exclusive as well as PC.
Aspyr has gone to great lengths to make this the best game they can make. When we acquired Aspyr, we knew from the beginning that they would need our help. Saber has vast experience in creating such products. We’ve done it for Halo, for several Halo products, we’ve done it for other games that we’ve remastered or ported to other platforms. So we spent a lot of time and effort working with them to port this game. I don’t think we’ve announced a release date for this game yet, but I do know that a collaboration with Sony has been announced.
Karch further assured that Knights of the Old Republic – Remake will be “fantastic”, but given the size and scale of the project, it will take “a lot of effort and time” to live up to expectations. However, he also added that new news about the game will appear “over the next few months.”
“We have every confidence that the game will be fantastic,” he said. “But it’s a massive, massive product, and massive products take a lot of effort and a lot of time to make them good. Especially when it comes to a game that’s already old, very old – we had to basically remake it from scratch. I would say that over the next few months you will hear more from us about this.”
Karch concluded by stating that the Embracer Group expects the remake to be “one of the top sellers of its release year” and is therefore in no rush to develop it.
I feel very, very positive about where we end up. But again, we’re taking our time to make sure it’s done right because this game we think could be one of the biggest sellers the year it comes out. But so far so good.
Details about the remake are still scarce. Other than the game being completely remade from the ground up, developer Aspyr Media has only confirmed that several voice actors from the original game will be returning to the game, including Jennifer Hale as Bastila Shan. The development team also consists of several developers who worked on the original version of the game at BioWare.
As for when the next update of the game will arrive, one can only guess at the moment – “the next few months” is not a specific timeline, so it could mean anything. If we assume the details come out in 2022, then the game could show up at the upcoming Summer Game Fest in June, a rumored Sony demo, Gamescom in August, or even The Game Awards in December.