AspyrMedia has officially announced a remake of Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. Nothing has been announced yet for the second game, Knights Of the Old Republic: The Sith Lords and I’m not expecting any news until after the Kotor remake launches. If the sales do really well I imagine they’ll consider remaking the second game as well. It was also announced that the game would be exclusive to PS5 and PC at launch. Whether or not that means it will come to other platforms at a later date has yet to be confirmed.
For those who may not know much about the Knights of the Old Republic series, it’s a prequel to the storyline in Swtor. The first game tells the story of Revan, his fall to the dark side, and how he was redeemed (depending on your decisions). The second game is the story of The Exile. Both characters made reoccurring appearances throughout Swtor in order to tie up lose ends to their respective tales.
I am cautiously optimistic about this news. The game will look great with the latest graphics and an updated combat system will certainly make it more enjoyable to play. However, what has me slightly apprehensive is the story itself. Do they plan on adding content to the story? Are there going to be any changes? Will they completely overhaul it in order for it to fit canon? If they add some of the content that had to be taken out due to time constraints I wouldn’t mind experiencing additional content that would enhance the story. But if they rewrite the entire thing I’m not so sure how I would feel about that since the story is one of the main reasons why I like the games so much.
I’m probably worrying needlessly. The only reason I wonder if they will try to rewrite it in order to canonize Kotor is because of Disney’s decision that all games going forward would be canon. Does this mean that Kotor as it stands will become canon? Or are they just capitalizing on the popularity of the games and making an exception to the rule? Awhile ago they made The Mandalorian Wars canon and I think Revan is cannon. Though I’m not sure about that last part because I’ve heard conflicting reports.
I am hoping that it does sell really well because I would love to see them remake The Sith Lords next. I know most who have played the Kotor games love the first one best. My favorite has always been the second game because of Kreia. She is by far one of the best villains that has ever been made in the Star Wars universe. Her character is so complex and mired in shades of gray that she’s actually (in my opinion at least) easy to sympathize with once her true purpose is revealed. The more she talks to The Exile, the more she begins to make sense.
As I’ve mentioned before I grew up playing Kotor. They were what got me into playing RPG’s and more specifically into Bioware games. I am a complete nerd when it has anything to do with Kotor and The Old Republic Era. I spent many hours playing Kotor over and over again. So I’m very passionate when it come these games and this news has me excited for the future. It will probably be a couple years before the remake comes out since there wasn’t an official date to go with the announcement. Which means anyone who has not played these games before and is wondering what all the hype is about, now is the time to play them.