Development on the upcoming Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic remake has reportedly been put on hold. According to a report by Bloomberg, the game, which is being developed by Aspyr Media is now in limbo after the art director and design director were both fired earlier this month. It is reported that the development team showed a playable demo of the game to both Lucasfilm and Sony which resulted in the staff’s departure from the studio.
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (KOTOR) was first announced during Sony’s big September showcase last year. The game has been in development for over three years already. The report claims that Aspyr Media was originally aiming to release Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic remake before the end of 2022 but it has since been delayed to 2025.
By the sound of things, the game’s development was in such bad shape that the studio might have to rebuild it from the ground up while trying to salvage whatever they can of the current build. Reports claim that Embracer Group, which now owns Aspyr Media, has also brought on board Saber Interactive to help with the project. Embracer Group also owns Saber Interactive and according to some staff at Aspyr Media, there are talks of the studio taking over the project.
Sony has yet to comment on the report. The original Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic was developed by BioWare and released back in 2003. Aspyr Media was supposedly quite familiar with the original KOTOR as the studio worked on the sequel and some of the game’s ports. It seems the remake might have been a bit too much for them to handle.
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic remake is set to launch on PS5. It marks one of many Star Wars games in development at the moment. This includes a new Star Wars Jedi: Survivor, Star Wars Eclipse and Amy Henning’s new studio which is working on an original story set in the Star Wars galaxy.