A new Bloomberg report claims that Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic has been indefinitely delayed at Aspyr.
Fans haven’t seen much of the Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic remake, save one cinematic tied to Revan. It definitely didn’t match what one would expect of the game, no matter how upgraded it was, but now it seems that it is in trouble. Fans never received a release date or release window for the Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic remake, but it seems the game has been hit with an indefinite delay internally.
The Knights of the Old Republic remake has been paused indefinitely, according to Bloomberg reporter Jason Schreier’s sources. Reportedly, the KOTOR remake developer Aspyr Media fired the game’s art director Jason Minor and design director Brad Prince unexpectedly, and a series of meetings held by Aspyr throughout July revealed the project was on pause. How and why were not specified. In the meantime, Aspyr is looking for new contracts and development opportunities.
Bloomberg’s sources also revealed that Aspyr finalized a demo of the Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic remake to show to Lucasfilm and Sony on June 30. The developers were allegedly excited with the game thus far and felt like they were on track for its development, but apparently, this demo was not well-received. Aspyr studio heads are said to have told staff the demo isn’t where they need to be. One of the sources also indicated that time and money were the primary issues, as the game’s development cycle was said to be unsustainable.
It seems that Aspyr had originally told Lucasfilm, Sony, and its staff that the game would be released by the end of this year, but now a new target would be 2025. It’s uncertain what will happen from here, but as it stands, it seems the Knights of the Old Republic remake is no longer in active development. Neither Aspyr nor Embracer Group responded to Bloomberg’s request for comment.
This is not certain, but Saber Interactive has been helping Aspyr with the Knights of the Old Republic remake since May 2022, assisting with the outsourced work on the project. It seems some at Aspyr believe that Saber may take it over completely, which would give some hope to the project, but it would not necessarily be too reassuring. Issues with time and money and a video game project swapping development studios are often signs of development hell, after all. It’s too early to say that’s what’s going on here, but this news should be concerning for fans nonetheless.