The news was shared by Bloomberg’s Jason Schreier during a recent interview with MinnMax‘s Ben Hanson uploaded onto YouTube on Wednesday, April 21. Over the course of the hour-long interview, Schreier confirmed that a remake is in “active development”.
During the interview, Schreier was asked to confirm whether “somebody other than EA is making a KOTOR remake,” to which he replied “that’s true”.
Schreier has previously teased that a company other than EA was undertaking the sacred act of producing a modern revamp, later revealing that Aspyr Media – the studio responsible for porting the classic 2003 RPG to iOS – was indeed the company in question.
“I’ve basically confirmed that Aspyr, which is the company that has ported a bunch of Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic games, is working on a remake,” says Schreier.
Schreier’s claims also back up comments he made earlier this year regarding the remake. “I talked to a couple of people, and I also found out that Jason Schreier said that it’s not with EA, and we’ll ‘never guess’ who the studio is that’s making this game,” said Star Wars insider Bespin Bulletin at the time.
Rumours about such a remake have been in circulation for some time now, resurfacing earlier this year in January, with numerous fan petitions for a next-gen compatible iteration in celebration of its 20th anniversary. Currently, it’s unclear whether the Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic remake will be released with a sole focus on simply being playable on next-gen platforms; or if it’ll be a complete 100-points restoration with a full redesign and update of everything from in-game graphics to game mechanics.
The original video game takes place 4,000 thousand years prior to the Star Wars films when Darth Malak – apprentice of Darth Revan – has unleashed a Sith armada against the Republic. Scattered and vulnerable by Malak’s aggression, many Jedi die in battle while others swear loyalty and allegiance to Malak. Players are provided the choice to align with the light or dark side of the Force.
In other Star Wars news, Disney and Lucasfilms announced earlier this year that all current and future games in the series will be branded under the revived Lucasfilm Games name.