Star Wars: Knights Of The Old Republic Reboot Rumors Might Not Be True [Update]
Knights of the new Republic.
Update: It turns out that Knights of the Old Republic project might not be happening after all.
Citing "people familiar with goings-on at the studio," Kotaku reports that BioWare Austin did indeed develop a Knights of the Old Republic prototype, but that prototype was never greenlit for full-time development. Furthermore, the site says it has heard that "the majority of BioWare Austin is working on the company's new IP, which is headed up by BioWare's Edmonton studio and and should be officially announced at E3."
Additionally, Kotaku spoke to the man who broke this news, Liam Robertson.
"Going to hold my hands up here--I think I just misheard some of the Austin stuff when I was talking on Skype, so I may have misspoke there," he said.
"Let me clarify that I don't think Knights of the Old Republic is a current project ... I believe it may have evolved into something else since then or fizzled out since then. I'm still confident Austin is doing something Star Wars related though and I'm confident in that."
In response to GameSpot's initial request for comment, BioWare parent company EA simply stated, "We have nothing to share at this time."
Original story follows.
BioWare Austin is "prototyping" a new Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic title, according to a report from Unseen64 and Did You Know Gaming's Liam Robertson.
Speaking on an episode of his podcast, which is exclusive to Patreon subscribers but has been reported on by The Star Wars Game Outpost, Robertson said he had it on "good authority" that the studio, which most recently developed the MMORPG The Old Republic, was working on "a sort of remake/revival of Knights of the Old Republic." This, however, has reportedly now become a new Star Wars project.
"I don’t really know how that game'll end up," he continued. "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."
Despite using the Knights of the Old Republic name when discussing BioWare Austin's new project, Robertson said he believed that it won't be Knights of the Old Republic 3, and may in fact move away from that lore. Instead, he believes the game "is sort of like wiping the slate clean" and will "embrace the new Star Wars universe lore."
Robertson did not reveal his source, but has a solid history of bringing to light canceled video game development projects, often with input from unnamed developers that worked on them. Nevertheless, this is very much still a rumor at this point. GameSpot has contacted BioWare parent company EA for a statement.
Interestingly, Drew Karpyshyn, who served as lead writer on the first Knights of the old Republic and also worked on the first two Mass Effect titles, rejoined BioWare in 2015. Posting on Twitter, he confirmed that he was working on a new project, but didn't provide any further details.
,@jenjen1936 Yes, but that's all I can say. Hell, I might already have said too much. :)— Drew Karpyshyn (@DrewKarpyshyn) March 29, 2017
A number of other Star Wars titles are also in development at various EA studios. DICE and co-developer Motive Studios are working on Star Wars: Battlefront 2, the first trailer for which will arrive on April 15 at 11:30 AM PT/2:30 PM ET/7:30 PM GMT.
TItanfall developer Respawn is also creating an "all-new third-person action adventure game set in the Star Wars universe." The project is being led by God of War 3 director Stig Asmussen, who joined Respawn in 2014.
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