Star Wars: KOTOR 3 Still Interests "a Lot of People" at Obsidian

No firm plans are in place, but the prospect of a new Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic has been discussed at the second game's developer.

It's far from an indication that such a game will ever be made, but a number of employees at Obsidian Entertainment continue to be interested in making a third game in the Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic series. Speaking with IGN, Obsidian's Josh Sawyer says, "I think there are a lot of the people at the studio that would like to do Knights of the Old Republic 3."

That's a statement that's sure to grab fans' attention given that it's been almost a full decade since Obsidian released Knights of the Old Republic II in 2004. Sawyer explains that, with LucasArts previously being "focused on what they considered to be extreme, extreme blockbusters," that didn't leave much room for KotOR and its awkward-looking acronym to get a new entry.

In light of LucasArts' past focus, Sawyer says, "[I]t just never seemed like something that was going to happen at that time. Having said that, a lot of time has passed. I know there are a lot of people at the studio who are really interested in doing a project like that."

The prospect of making a new KotOR continues to be discussed at Obsidian, producer Brandon Adler says, but that doesn't mean any formal plans for such a game have been laid out. "It's something that comes up every three to six months," Adler says. "We bring it up and talk about it. Not anything terribly serious, but we just say, 'Wouldn't it be cool if?' and just develop some ideas for what we'd do with that stuff."

EA signed a multiyear deal to produce Star Wars games last year, so any KotOR game would likely need to be published by it. Another wrinkle: Lucasfilm announced in April that, going forward, all Star Wars content will be canonical, including games. That means the plot of a new KotOR game would have to fit into the overall Star Wars story--it can't be a side "Expanded Universe" story like in the past.

Prior to either of those developments, Obsidian CEO Feargus Urquhart revealed that the studio had pitched the idea of a new Star Wars RPG set between Episode III and Episode IV. The pitch was made to LucasArts, but as of early last year had not yet been discussed with Disney, which acquired Lucasfilm (and, by extension, LucasArts and the Star Wars franchise) in 2012. Sawyer and Adler--both of which are currently working on Pillars of Eternity--indicated they were unaware of where that project stands.

There has been little official news on the KotOR front in recent years. BioWare's original game was re-released on iPad last year (where it plays surprisingly well), and fans have continued to work on a long-in-development, unofficial mod that restores incomplete content that was left out of KotOR II by Obsidian.

EA has at least two Star Wars games in the works: Star Wars: Battlefront from Battlefield maker DICE and one from Dead Space developer Visceral Games that is rumored to be an open-world game. We learned this week that Battlefront's release will not necessarily coincide with the launch of Episode VII next year.

If it's ever made, what would you like to see from Knights of the Old Republic 3, meatbags? Let us know in the comments.

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robotten75957
robotten75957

i dont get why people whould like to play a game of a story they have already seen in the synema disney is retarded


BranKetra
BranKetra moderator moderator

Disney wants to control the entire Star Wars galaxy. Good luck.

suavebrahhh
suavebrahhh

can someone explain to me why they won't approve kotor 3? when I was a kid playing kotor 1 and kotor 2 was absolutely AMAZING, and I still consider kotor my favorite game.. even got me more addicted into star wars. did it not do good on the market or something that it keeps getting rejected?

Luis_Gamer
Luis_Gamer

Why all these rules.  People would eat up a new KOTOR with a brand new interesting world and story. The first two KOTORs were so originals and actually made people greater Star Wars fans! It seems hopeless for the third to be as original as the last two but I can keep dreaming!

chrisleemiller
chrisleemiller

Please make Kotor 3 and a HD remake of kotor1 and kotor2 thanks

chrisleemiller
chrisleemiller

Please make this game the mmo star wars the old republic was a bad game so please make the Kotor 3 it been to long and make a HD remake of the first and second Kotor thanks

t-16
t-16

Make this damn game already! I've been waiting 10 years!

rufusamatrix
rufusamatrix

Something is really, really wrong with the second pic...!

lando423
lando423

Every body wants it just fricken make it. You will have a better return on investment than making a 200 million dollar mmo

VenkmanPHD
VenkmanPHD

I stomached it back when I was in High School... but the battle system in KoToR was incredibly awful.

If they put a battle system in it that was more based in real time and button-to-action systems... then it would be worth it. But as it stands I can't even play those old ones because that combat was just SO BAD. Which is a shame because the rest of it was so incredibly good.

Thank god for Jedi Academy.

darktruth007
darktruth007

Who the hell is this editor calling a meatbag. Last time I checked "meatbag" was a derogatory term - in this case I guess the editor is using it to making fun of us for liking the game. Someone should teach this guy what "manners" are - I guess the editor learned his from HK-47.

j0rd14
j0rd14

After what they did with Fallout: New Vegas I would buy KOTOR3 first day.

jonmar
jonmar

What we need is a new Jade Empire game. Bioware!

Boddicker
Boddicker

I'll buy it if Obsidian makes it.


Bioware's ineptitude since the EA buyout is now becoming very pronounced. 

MooncalfReviews
MooncalfReviews

Now that Disney have announced KOTOR 1 & 2 are no longer canon (yep, afraid so), this is unlikely to ever happen unless they made a remake of the first from scratch and made it canon.

R3FURBISHED
R3FURBISHED

Two of the best, not just RPGs, video games ever made (in my opinion). I have not and will not play The Old Republic, but am still eagerly awaiting a KOTOR 3 -- Obsidian or Bioware it matters not.

jeanlucforever
jeanlucforever

KOTOR was not necessarily wiped out by the purge. It was only said that post - Jedi content was officially eliminated to make way for vii-ix. There is still hope. Especially since kotor is unconnected from 1-6.

Darth_Aloysius
Darth_Aloysius

The likelihood over a KOTOR III is pretty much 0 at this point, as the article said all content going forward will be canonical. KOTOR 1 & 2 and Legends, so how can they make a canon KOTOR III? They can't.

mourasantos
mourasantos

Hopefully it will be better than the atrociously poor KOTOR II they were responsible for. 

S-181
S-181

For those arguing that SWTOR wrapped up the KotOR story, and therefore we don't need a KotOR III, I would ask why you wouldn't want another KotOR anyway? I suppose I just want an excellent, well written Star Wars RPG in general, and I think KotOR deserves a new game simply because it is an amazing series. The recent EU shakeup leaves me with little hope, however. Disney's going for a unified vision for the franchise, which is no bad thing in itself. Just a bit sad for KotOR's prospects I guess.

8bitcollett
8bitcollett

If KOTOR 3 isn't set in the expanded universe, then it's safe to say I'm more likely not going to buy it.  I enjoy the movies and all but the expanded universe is so much better.

jewell21
jewell21

This is the perfect opportunity for kickstarter funding. There are thousands of fans who have been wishing for a third entry in the series for a decade. (No, The Old Repulic DOES NOT COUNT.)

BlackBaldwin
BlackBaldwin

Dungeon siege three sucked why would I let u screw up kotor again..

sythriox
sythriox

Just happen to be playing through kotor again atm. In my opinion KotOR > Mass Effect. I'm not a huge fan of star wars as I don't read the books and get that much into it, but I absolutely love the KotOR games. Haven't played SWtoR, but as I understand it, the story was cleared up in it? If that's the case, I'd love to play a prequel KotOR in the Mandalorian Wars. Even when they became Sith, there's still a chunk missing between that point and the beginning of the first KotOR.

Wraith3
Wraith3

I REALLY want KOTOR 3. If Obsidian does it maybe they will actually let them finish the game this time. I like KOTOR 2 up until the last level. There were things that obviously felt like an unfinished game though (blocked door on the planet you find Bao-Dur that led to the HK factory).

kingofsquid
kingofsquid

*cinema. Judging by your nonexistent logic and horrendous spelling, you probably weren't old enough to remember when KOTOR came out.

qfgfan
qfgfan

@suavebrahhh I'd say it more likely that The Old Republic MMO has kind of overshadowed the possibility of there being a KOTOR III sad but probably true.

suavebrahhh
suavebrahhh

@Luis_Gamer  Exactly.. Idk why there are so many rules against it.. It had one of the best storylines in the world and it redefined the concept of role  playing (I shat my pants when I could partake in the conversations and go dark or light depending on my answers... fuark so hot)

kumakun1981
kumakun1981

Actually the mmo isn't bad if you come back and give it a chance. People gave up on it too early.

kingofsquid
kingofsquid

"I don't like it so it's bad!" Dragon Age had the same style; Dragon Age 2 did as you are suggesting and everyone hated it.

VenkmanPHD
VenkmanPHD

@MooncalfReviews Were they ever cannon? And did it even matter? They were set so far apart it didn't seem relevant anyway.

kumakun1981
kumakun1981

Give the mmo a try before you knock it.

jonmar
jonmar

@Darth_Aloysius They could just make a new KOTOR game that is canon and disconnected from the original two. Like a reboot.

kingofsquid
kingofsquid

EA doesn't make games, they publish them. Learn what you're talking about before making stupid comments.

jewell21
jewell21

Why could EA not publish a game developed by Obsidian, or permit Obsidian to develop a game using crowd-funding?

jonmar
jonmar

@Wraith3 Because of my OCD I once ran around in that base for maybe 2 hours looking for some way to open that door because I can't leave any place without going through it 100%. Finally I realized that there was no way to open it so I was able to move on. I was going insane in there.

Diesel95
Diesel95

@qfgfan @suavebrahhh Not True at all #1. it takes place almost  500+ year since KOTOR 2


#2. its not offical KOTOR cannon


#3 even if it was you dont play AS reven in the game at all and only vaugly hear about his/her stories so there is an excellent chance to use  a 3 4 54 if they wanted to.

MooncalfReviews
MooncalfReviews

@VenkmanPHD Yes, they used to be official canon. But the reason why it matters now is that Disney have said that no more games should be made unless they are canon. So either they reboot the whole franchise according to Disney's vision of the Star Wars past, or we never see more KOTOR.

kingofsquid
kingofsquid

2 was half a game, due to LucasArts rushing Obsidian. It was great, however, and santos is deluded.

kingofsquid
kingofsquid

There is no "vaguely" about it. You have to kill an insane Revan in one story. The Exile from 2 is confirmed to be dead. And it is canon, it is made by the same company that made the first KOTOR.

Diesel95
Diesel95

@MooncalfReviews @VenkmanPHD Disney never said that... they said things in EU that coinside with VII and later wont be conciderd things that happen eariler are not in question

Diesel95
Diesel95

@MooncalfReviews @VenkmanPHD No games were EVER cannon, fan boys just conciderd it to be. as the above replay said there set so far apart a II can easily be made without any issue, no books were ever cannon either, unless its a movie it isnt cannon. and who cares if its cannon we have imaginations do we not? make our own rules as long the game is fun and good thats all that really matters.