It's a bad day for Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (KOTOR) fans, as a Bloomberg report says that the game will be delayed indefinitely. KOTOR was originally released in 2003 as one of the first Star Wars RPG games and since then, fans still dub it the best Star Wars game ever. That's why, when Sony announced last September at their big fall showcase that developer Aspyr Media would be working on a remake, fans were ecstatic.
According to the reports it appears after nearly three years in the works, production has come to a halt. This is in response to a vertical slice (Gaming development term for a demo) shown to publishers Lucasfilm and Sony on June 30th. It's intended to showcase the game's current status and gameplay to ensure it's on the right track.
Despite the publishers' apparent satisfaction with the vertical slice, shocking news arrived just a week after the briefing. Brad Prince, the games design director, and Jason Minor, the art director, were unexpectedly and abruptly fired by Aspyr Media. Neither came out to comment on the leave, however, Minor took to his LinkedIn page stating, “Things can change very fast in a day. I am no longer working at Aspyr and looking for work”. Indicating that the termination was indeed unexpected and abrupt.
Here's the original Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic Remake Trailer:
What Doe's This Mean for KOTOR's Future?
The problem with the vertical slice, according to Bloomberg, is a combination of a lack of money and time. The original goal for the Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic remake was to release the game by the end of 2022, but developers familiar with the project say 2025 is a more realistic target. Yikes.
That's no small delay, and quite a letdown for fans hyped for the remake. The somewhat good news is that in May, it was announced that Saber Interactive would assist with the project. Given the recent developments at Aspyr Media, we may see Saber Interactive permanently take over the game. That is purely speculative, but we are optimistic that if that is the case, we will see an updated delay other than “Indefinitely”.