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Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic prototype reportedly being worked on at BioWare

by Ron Duwell | April 11, 2017April 11, 2017 8:00 am PDT

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic is still one of the finest Star Wars stories ever told, and despite being sent to the chopping block by Disney when it came time to decide on canon, it still ranks highly in the face of The Force Awakens and Rogue One. Dare I say better!?

Fans also consider it one of the highlights of BioWare’s classic games and the game that put the company on the map for console gamers. This is why any news of a remake or reboot would send them into a tizzy, and that’s just what reporter Liam Robertson, of the reputable outlet Unseen64, says is happening.

On his podcast, Roberston claims that BioWare Austin, the studio which primarily works on the MMORPG Star Wars: The Old Republic, is now exclusively working on Star Wars content. One project, in particular, is a new prototype of the original Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, which he speculates was originally intended as a remake or a re-imagining of the classic.

I don’t know when this is set to come out, but it has been in development for a little while now. I’ve heard that it isn’t exactly a remake anymore, but it started as a remake/revival. Now it’s kind of going from that blueprint in sort of its own original thing. I guess we’ll see what that turns out to be, but they are prototyping it right now.

Robertson didn’t quote any inside workers, but he did say that he found out the re-imagining is supposed to retool the story to include the new Star Wars canon. I’m not sure if I’m heartbroken that this further excludes the original, beautiful plot from modern gamers or happy that Knights of the Old Republic is being reworked to fit into the Disney Star Wars.

Watch your mouth, kid, or you’ll find yourself floating home

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic is a tough sell for many. In my book, it’s a bonafide classic, the best game on the first Xbox, and Game of the Year for 2003. I pull it out every other year or so and give it a nice run-through. It’s as easy to slip back into as the original film trilogy, that’s how high of esteem I hold it in.

To others, especially younger gamers, it hasn’t aged well at all. This was made back when BioWare was still an indie developer and creating titles on a budget. Clunky character models, tough controls, confusing RPG mechanics. Much like GoldenEye 007, it’s the kind of game where you had to be there to truly understand its greatness, and because of that, a remake is the only way anyone is ever going to fire it up anymore.

As usual, my current stance on remakes is that they should complement the original and inspire players to seek them out, not replace them outright. If BioWare has something in mind for rebooting this masterpiece, like making Carth Onasi likable, then it has to do so properly in a fashion similar to Final Fantasy VII Remake. That’s a re-imagining where the story and presentation are so beyond recognition that the original still remains a unique and important video game.

I don’t really want to point this out either, but it’s worth mentioning that BioWare doesn’t quite have the same reputation that it did 15 years ago. Many of the people who made Knights of the Old Republic moved on from the company long ago, and any attempts of a remake would lack their cutting-edge storytelling from back in the day.

Or, you know, you could just bite your lip and try playing an old game. Nothing wrong with that. Treat this a rumor for now. I’m not so sure it will pan out.

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Ron Duwell

Ron has been living it up in Japan for the last decade, and he has no intention of leaving this technical wonderland any time soon. When he's not...

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