Star Wars The Old Republic talks system design as a new KOTOR remake is unveiled

    
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The gameplay loops that keep players chasing goals in Star Wars: The Old Republic is all powered by system design, which is the topic of a recent dev blog from systems designer Bryant Wood. In the post, Wood looks at how systems designers like him look at short, medium, and long-term goals, and then create paths to those goals or adjust those paths to prevent burnout or boredom.

Wood closes the post with a thanks to the players as a nod to the game’s 10th anniversary. “There’s no better feeling than seeing the amazing things players create using our designs. The excitement when we announce a new expansion. The effort you put in to clear new content or achieve new rewards. The expression on your faces when you can’t believe we did that,” he writes. “These reactions are my goals being achieved and make the work even better than I could imagine.”

Of course, if you’re the sort whose long-term goal is to experience SWTOR’s class stories since there’s no new KOTOR game coming out, then perhaps you’ll be salved by the reveal of the KOTOR remake for the PS5 last week. This remake is being done by Aspyr, the dev studio behind other Star Wars game remakes such as the Jedi Knight series and Republic Commando, and promises to be “[rebuilt] from the ground up with the latest tech to match the groundbreaking standard of innovation established by the original, all while staying true to its revered story.” This remake has no launch date yet, but there is a spine-tingling teaser trailer to watch below.

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Bruno Brito

All i want is SWG remade on SWTOR’s engine, so i can have the graphics, combat and feel of SWTOR with all the SWG goodness, the sandbox and such.

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Brinto Sfj

Why would you want SWG on SWTOR engine? It should be on a far better engine, like Unreal. That garbage engine SWTOR is made on should never be used for any other mmo, never again.

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Bruno Brito

Because i like the graphics and the way it plays.

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EmberStar

Is it coming to PC? Can it run on the computer I own, or do I need to spend a few thousand dollars for upgrades so I can play a twenty year old game? Oh, the answer to both seems to be no. Okay, have fun, I’m out.

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Jo Watt

This is a Remake. Not a Remaster. It’s being made for the current gen tech and most likely will be a rather different variation of the story telling but sticking to the original here and there.

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Matthew Yetter

My interest in this died when I learned it is apparently going to be a PS5 exclusive. If that changes, then I’ll be greatly anticipating it as I never played the original.

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Malcolm Swoboda

Timed exclusive. Releasing on PC, and likely will release on other console(s) later.

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Schmidt.Capela

My hype for the remake died when I learned that the writer hired for it isn’t a KotOR fan and dislikes the original trilogy while being and ardent defender of the sequel trilogy. I will still keep an eye on it, but whether I will get it will depend on how faithful to the original the writing in the remake is; if they try to make it any closer to the pile of junk that is the sequel trilogy, I will give the remake a pass.

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Eamil

That’s a red flag for me as well, but it’s worth noting that she’s not the only writer or the “lead” writer.

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Malcolm Swoboda

She did not say she wasn’t a KOTOR fan, she said it wasn’t her favorite SW game. Which was being cheekily contrarian, if anything. And I agree – KOTOR 2 is my favorite :).
As well, ‘the writer’ is another misleading way to put her role as just ‘a writer’.

Keep your personal agendas in check. And maybe step back from KiA for just a week.

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Brinto Sfj

The prequels were objectively better movies than the original trilogy. I saw the unedited original trilogy on vhs cassettes, my thought was that they were made by children who had no idea how to make a movie and acted by immature, b-rate actors. The prequels at least looked like they were made by professional movie makers and acted by professional actors. Unpopular opinion, I know but that is my feelings towards the original trilogy and prequels.

Now if you ask me about my opinion about the SW movie franchise as a whole, garbage, complete and utter garbage. I can’t believe people actually love this garbage but then again, people love garbage more than art.

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Jo Watt

Nah I can’t 100% agree with that. Both original and prequels had pretty bad acting I would say. There just wasn’t that tension and real feeling emotion that you can see in some other movies… After watching them all again recently it’s the same feeling I get from most dub anime, they are just reading scripts and not becoming their character.

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Schmidt.Capela

For me the big issue with the prequels is the writing, in particular for the first movie. There are interesting parts there, but it relies too much on coincidence and luck; I mean, the kid wins the war by accident, not knowing what he was doing. This mars the prequel trilogy from the start and makes me see it as inferior to the original trilogy, though I do see the other two prequel movies individually as good, on par with the original trilogy.

On the other hand, even the worst bits of the original and prequel trilogies are way better than the sequel trilogy. The writing of the sequel trilogy, for me, feels as bad as that of an amateur self-insert fanfic. It’s almost as if the writer (or, more likely, the LucasFilm president after the Disney acquisition) doesn’t know how to make a female protagonist without making her a Mary Sue.

In fact, I found the sequels so bad that, as of now, I expect new entries to the franchise to be bad. And this coming from someone who watched almost everything Star Wars, read hundreds of Star Wars comics, dozens of Star Wars books, played most Star Wars games, etc.

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PanagiotisLial1

Cant wait for KOTOR remake(not Bioware but many former devs who worked on original) and for SWTOR 10th anniversary update and expansion

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Peregrine Falcon

Boy what a mistake reading that “dev blog” was.

It didn’t give me any useful info and was written in PR speak rather than plain english.

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Greaterdivinity

Worth noting: EA/BW apparently have absolutely nothing to do with the KOTOR remake. In that they were asked if they did and they gave a long non-answer about how much they love supporting Star Wars.

Maybe I’ll finally be able to get through the game in a remake, I know how loved KOTOR is but I just can’t force myself through a lot of the painfully antiquated design to try to get to the meaty story bits : (

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Fisty

Their JK ports are not very great. The controls on Switch are especially offensive to me.