Rumor has it that Electronic Arts is doing something with Knights of the Old Republic

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Rumor has it that Electronic Arts is doing something with Knights of the Old Republic

Attention all hands; this is not a drill. Or maybe it is because, well… rumors are what they are. But the current rumor is that Electronic Arts is doing something with the franchise, although what exactly that might be remains shrouded in mystery. The rumors go from a remake or remaster of the first Knights of the Old Republic to a combination of elements and improvements from both KOTOR games to create something totally new… all of it still just rumored, of course.

Of course any resurrection of the franchise would also run smack into Star Wars: The Old Republic, which is still running and positions itself as a direct narrative sequel to both KOTOR games (although slightly more focused on the first one). Whether or not a subsequent project would be a sequel to the MMO, set between the second game and the ongoing MMO, or just off in a wholly speculative direction remains to be seen… assuming, of course, that it’s not a top-down remake of the first game or something similar. Or maybe it’s connected to that supposed movie trilogy. Rumors!

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Pandalulz

If they did just a graphics remaster, I’d play it again. I’ve wanted to replay it for a bit but it’s so ugly, and I don’t even think I could get it to run. Please don’t re-imagine it. It’s unnecessary.

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smuggler-in-a-yt

As a fellow smuggler, I have to say it.

I’ve got a bad feeling about this.

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Pepperzine

This (or kotor 3) is what they should have done instead of SWTOR. SWTOR really hurt this franchise.

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partiesplayin

I hope it’s a Star Wars Galaxies remake. But I about it. I’ve attempted to play SWTOR several times and just cant get into it. I think I hate the Hero Engine Specifically. Or maybe something else. Eathier way I think it’s time for a new starwars MMORPG.

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Mordyjuice

I’d rather they come up with a sequel to their patcher so that I can redownload the game. Call me old fashioned but when I download something I expect it to work, I shouldn’t have to screw around with files trying to delete BitRaider in order to download your code being held together with Duct Tape.

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Down_To_My_Last_Fudge

The best thing EA could do is sell the IP to a reputable company.😎

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Natalyia

I think a remaster of KotOR could be fun. I’m more concerned about a “re-imagining” of KotOR – I just don’t trust that they wouldn’t utterly ruin one of my favorite stories in Star Wars.

KotOR is a game from a bygone era – done today you’d not have the variety of interactions you get depending on which two of your set of companions you bring along. You’d probably not have anywhere near that number of fully-realized companions in the first place.

No, they’d “focus on a more meaningful story with the key characters” – whichever they thought those were, and likely change them up as the story moved along. “wasting” all that voiced dialog on character combinations most people wouldn’t ever see on their one run-through of the story wouldn’t happen.

And so neither would the richness of the game, the replayability, the “Oh, I never tried those two” conversations with other people. I’d probably shell out for a KotOR remaster with modern visuals – Star Wars with current technology is a visual and audio treat – but a “re-imagining”? Color me highly skeptical.

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Malcolm Swoboda

“KotOR is a game from a bygone era” – Of Bioware.. unless their second rebranding recently is trying to communicate that they’re trying to get their prestige back. Not necessarily a bygone era of RPG developers.

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Mikey's Bored

I think it will be a sequel to SWTOR, because a lot of these rumors in the past have been substantiated from previous leaks and other actually confirmed things. Info on the last 3 SW:TOR expansions have been “leaked” well in advance of their announcements, and generally turned out to be mostly true each time. IIRC a few years ago, the supposed plan for SW:TOR was that they were going to move in the direction of very story-heavy expansions, eventually winding down to a relative conclusion of the current games story but paving the way for the next one with Onslaught being either the final, or next to final full expansion to this game prior to the sequel’s announcement and the sequel to pick up where the current MMO more or less left off. I don’t remember there being any information/rumor on whether it would be an MMO or not, my assumption is it will at least be somewhat online.

Disney is making the KOTOR/SW:TOR era and some of the characters and stories within it canon, and there were “leaks” that BioWare had been meeting with Disney ever since the acquisition of LucasArts and the Star Wars franchise, with Kathleen Kennedy and even JJ Abrams having flown to Austin for meetings in person (something he confirmed on twitter). A month or so ago during the Live Stream on Twitch, they pretty much confirmed that they (BioWare Austin) have been having meetings for some time now with both EA and Disney on the future of not only SW:TOR as a game, but the future of the franchise/IP as well, and that those meetings have been going extremely well, and that they are very excited to share what’s going on in the new year. I think there is a lot to indicate that there will be a new SWTOR or KOTOR game coming out of BioWare Austin, which is BioWare’s live-service studio so it’s probably also safe to assume it will be online in some capacity.

I also think the possibility is there that there could be multiple TOR projects going on, I would not be surprised by remasters but I very much doubt that would be all they are doing.

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rafael12104

Hmm. I don’t know. I’m like a cat in a room full of rocking chairs with this news. Heh.

I don’t trust Bioware. They have given me very little reason to do so over the past couple of years. Heh, most of you know the litany of missteps and debacles. So, as much as I would like to see a sequel to SWTOR, I don’t trust Bioware to deliver something great.

Respawn, on the other hand, has come into their own. Apex and Fallen Order are excellent games. Could they deliver an MMORPG? Heh. It’s an old story. Baby faced devs that try their hand at an MMORPGs quickly turn old and grey.

So, I welcome the news. And if a new studio other than Bioware is going to try to breath life into KOTOR in some form or fashion, I’m good with that too. BUT like a smart cat, I’m going to be very wary and stay perched up on the edge of the fence looking in.

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April-Rain

I have played kotor 1 & 2 through that many times I am not sure I would be up for a remastered edition as it would wreck the nostalgia and my love Star Wars has diminished after the last trio of films.

Now Jade Empire 2 would really peak my interest minus a cash shop.