Aspyr’s Knights of the Old Republic remake is “in serious trouble” according to a Bloomberg report
A new article reveals that Aspyr has paused development on the Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic remake. As Bloomberg reports, Aspyr had fired two lead directors – the art and design directors – earlier this month. This came after the team finished a vertical slice to show to Lucasfilm and Sony at the end of June. While the team felt happy with the demo, Aspyr’s studio heads said it “wasn’t where they wanted it to be”. Thus, the remake is on pause while the studio heads figure out where to go next.
Aspyr announced the KOTOR remake late last year with a teaser during a PlayStation showcase. Back in May Aspyr’s parent company, Embracer Group, brought on Saber Interactive to help with the project. Bloomberg states that some employees at Aspyr believe Saber may now take over the project completely.
Don’t choke on your ambitions, Aspyr
As for why the game might not have been where Aspyr wanted it to be, Bloomberg suggests a misallocation of resources. According to someone familiar with the project, “a disproportionate amount of time and money had gone into the demo”. On top of that, the trajectory of the project “wasn’t sustainable”. At the start of development, which was around 2019, Aspyr was aiming for a late 2022 release. However, developers from the project claim that “a more realistic target would have been 2025”.
Aspyr’s KOTOR remake would have been among the first Star Wars games released outside of EA in over a decade. Since EA’s exclusive rights to make Star Wars games expires at the start of 2023, many games are in development and slated for release in 2023 and onward.
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