Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic Remake Changes Developers
It seems that the remake of Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic moved the developers.
According to Bloomberg, the remake’s original developer, Aspyr, has been moved from its development, and now it’s being handled by an Eastern European studio owned by Aspyr’s parent company, Saber Interactive. The remake was revealed last September in a PlayStation showcase, and last month Aspyr reportedly told staff that the project was “on hold” after the studio worked on it for the past two years.
Scoop: The highly anticipated Star Wars remake KOTOR has moved from Texas-based Aspyr Media to a Saber Interactive studio in Eastern Europe.
Parent company Embracer hinted at the transition last week, and Bloomberg News can confirm it today: https://t.co/eK3W9RILHN
—Jason Schreier (@jasonschreier) August 22, 2022
Bloomberg reports that Disney and Sony were unhappy with Aspyr’s progress on the remake, which is a bad sign for a game that’s supposed to be a major PS5 console exclusive. The game still doesn’t have a public release date, although it was originally aiming to release by the end of this year. However, it will likely take a lot longer to complete, with Bloomberg saying the game needs at least two more years of development.
Saber Interactive is a developer and publisher under the Embracer Group umbrella. Last week, Embracer Group acquired a bunch of different properties in the gaming and entertainment space, including the intellectual property rights to The the Lord of the Rings. Meanwhile, Embracer also mentioned in its financial reports that it changed developers on one of its AAA titles to ensure it met quality standards. Embracer Group didn’t specify what it was at the time, but now it’s very clear that Embracer was referring to the remake of Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic.