Embracer Group’s troubled Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic remake is reportedly no longer in active development, according to GameSpot sister site Giant Bomb’s Jeff Grubb.
In the latest episode of Grubb’s video game news show Game Mess Mornings, Grubb definitively stated that the Knights of the Old Republic remake, once being handled by developer Aspyr Media but later announced to be a co-project between it and Saber Interactive, is not being worked on right now.
“This game is not being worked on right now, full stop,” Grubb said. “This game is not being worked on in any way, at any studio.”
Grubb’s statement comes after a report last year that stated the game had been delayed indefinitely following the firing of two lead developers at Aspyr working on the project. It was additionally reported that Saber Interactive was taking full control over development of the title. Though publisher Embracer has not confirmed the project has fully changed hands, it did state in August 2022 that one of the company’s “AAA projects has transitioned to another studio within the group” in order to “ensure the quality bar is where we need it to be for the title.”
A remake of BioWare’s beloved 2003 Star Wars RPG for PlayStation 5 and PC was announced with a teaser trailer during a PlayStation Showcase in 2021, with Sony set to co-publish the title. Flash forward to September of this year, and Sony removed any mention of the title from its YouTube and social media channels, instantly sparking concern about the project’s future. Sony has stated that it removed the trailer due to needing to “delist assets with licensed music when the licenses expire.” That answer didn’t exactly alleviate fan concerns, though.
Sony has not elaborated further but, according to Grubb, wants nothing to do with the project going forward. Grubb theorizes then that the only party that could potentially save the project would be Lucasfilm.
“The only reality of this game getting made is if Lucasfilm completely takes it over and does all the work themselves to spin it back up,” Grubb said. “No way this game ever happens. That’s my opinion right now.”
When asked about the status of the Knights of the Old Republic remake during a recent financial presentation, Embracer CEO Lars Wingefors said, “I notice that anything I say to this becomes a headline, so that is my only comment.”
The Knights of the Old Republic remake isn’t the first time Aspyr Media has encountered problems over its handling of a Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic game. Aspyr’s remaster of Knights of the Old Republic II for Nintendo Switch initially promised to include much of the game’s cut content as DLC. The studio later announced the restored content DLC would not be happening and instead offered those who purchased the game another free Star Wars game of their choosing. That sparked a class-action lawsuit against Aspyr, with disgruntled fans who purchased the game accusing the developer of false advertising. Aspyr has since stated it planned to release the DLC but was blocked from doing so by an unnamed third-party’s objections.
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