Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic remake 'alive and well', says Saber Interactive CEO

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Since being revealed at the PlayStation Showcase in 2021, the Star Wars: The Knights of the Old Republic remake has had a tumultuous development history. The remake of the beloved 2003 RPG was delayed indefinitely and changed developers in 2022, with Aspyr taking over from Saber Interactive. Last month, Saber, along with other studios under its brand and its licensed IP, was sold by Embracer Group for $247 million, creating further uncertainty around the remake project. Now, Saber has confirmed that the studio is still working on the game.

Speaking to IGN on Wednesday, Saber Interactive CEO Matthew Karch confirmed that a KOTOR remake was under active development, with the studio retaining the project after parting ways with Embracer Group.

Karch said it was “clear and obvious” that Saber was still working on the game. “What I will say is that the game is alive and well, and we're dedicated to making sure we meet consumers' expectations,” he told IGN.

The Saber Interactive chief did not provide any other details about the game and did not even mention a release timeline. However, it may be some time before we see The Knights of the Old Republic remake released. During Saber's separation from Embracer Group, Embracer CEO Lars Wingfors suggested that the game would not be released within the next 12 months.

The remake project was first revealed with a teaser as part of the PlayStation Showcase in 2021. Announced for PlayStation 5 and PC, the game has not yet received a full trailer that gives more information about the gameplay. Initially developed by Aspire Media, the game was planned to launch by the end of 2022.

In July 2022, the game was delayed indefinitely after three years of development at Aspyr. According to reports at the time, the internal demo of the Star Wars game was not well received by partners Sony and Lucasfilm.

Later that year, the project changed hands, with Saber Interactive taking over the reins. Bloomberg then reported that a more realistic release window for the remake would be 2025.

Released in 2003 for Xbox and PC, the original Knights of the Old Republic was developed by RPG giant BioWare. The game was later ported to mobile platforms and most recently to the Nintendo Switch in 2021.


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