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Knights of the Old Republic remake is ‘alive and well,’ Saber CEO says

It's alive!

Given the huge popularity of 2003’s Knights of the Old Republic, Star Wars and gaming fans have been hoping for an official remake of this classic RPG for years. Until recently, the state of a potential reimagining was left hanging in the balance. However, good news is afoot.

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In a recent interview with IGN, Saber Interactive CEO Matthew Karch has confirmed that the Knights of the Old Republic project is still very much in development. The quote says the “game is alive and well” and the team wants to ensure it will “exceed consumer expectations.”

In a nutshell: Saber used to be owned by Embracer Group. However, the studio recently split from the parent company, and the KOTOR remake has been kept in the hands of the developer.

Outside that, however, there isn’t much else to be said. We can’t be certain at what stage the remake is currently at, and Karch has been unable to give further information about it. It could still be a long way off, but it’s comforting to know that it’s still very much in active development.

What’s the deal with Knights of the Old Republic?

In this era of remakes and remasters, some of you may be wondering why this 20-year-old game is getting a lot of attention from the fan base. But take a quick look at any list of the best RPGs of all time. Almost certainly, the original Knights of the Old Republic (and/or its 2004 sequel) will crop up.

With a Metacritic score of 94 out of 100, it has near-universal acclaim. Notable for its overall gameplay and story, it won a number of awards, including a BAFTA. It’s also an early release from BioWare, which had already built a successful reputation thanks to the Baldur’s Gate series, which kickstarted in 1998.

But since its reveal, the KOTOR remake has been caught up in production issues and hasn’t had much to show since the first trailer. Saber wasn’t even the first to work on the project, as Aspyr was originally set to lead the endeavor. So while it’s nice to know that the remake isn’t fully cancelled, and as far as we can tell, the remake is on the horizon. Albeit at a great distance.


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