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The upcoming Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic remake has been delayed indefinitely following development trouble at Aspyr.
A vertical slice, a brief proof-of-concept demo intended to highlight a game’s key features, was presented by the Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic Remake development team to publishers at Lucasfilm and Sony in late June. Bloomberg claims that the demo was poorly received and that the game has now been put on hold by Aspyr’s studio heads.
Some developers who were enthusiastic about the game and thought it was on track were shocked when design director Brad Prince and art director Jason Minor were let go from the project shortly after the demo. The demo, according to the heads of Aspyr’s studio, wasn’t what they had anticipated.
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The Knights of the Old Republic Remake was supposed to be released by Aspyr by the end of 2022, however those involved in the project believe that 2025 is a more reasonable delivery date. Expect the game to take a while to release given the studio’s recent firings and the fact that it is still looking for numerous senior positions, including a creative director and several senior software engineer positions.
In all likelihood, Aspyr won’t be the one to release it. The parent business of the studio, Embracer, had stated in May that another one of its subsidiaries, Saber Interactive, would be working on the endeavor. Some Aspyr employees, according to Bloomberg, think Saber may someday take over complete game production.
These are merely the most recent setbacks for the studio. According to his LinkedIn profile, former lead producer Ryan Treadwell left Aspyr in May of this year to work for VR company Skydance Interactive. Sam Maggs, a writer, also quit the project in 2021 after nine months. Fans of the franchise who were looking forward to the legendary 2003 RPG being resurrected and released on the PS5 will have to hold their breath since the game is currently on hold.
In addition to the praise it received for Knights of the Old Republic, this remake is notable for being one of the few contemporary Star Wars games created by a company other than EA. A licensing exclusivity agreement that the publisher signed in 2013 is due to expire the following year.
In anticipation, a number of Star Wars games have already been revealed, including three new games from Respawn, the studio behind Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. However, it will be some time before they are made available, and the upcoming game featuring the galaxy far, far away was only just postponed to the following year.