A full remake of BioWare’s all-time classic Star Wars RPG Knights of the Old Republic was announced at the PlayStation Showcase this week, but now it seems like both BioWare and parent company – and current Star Wars rights holders in gaming – EA seemingly have nothing to do it.
When Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic – Remake was announced on Thursday – and was confirmed later that it is definitely coming to PC – fans noticed that the only companies mentioned in the trailer were Aspyr Media, Lucasfilm Games, and PlayStation/Sony Interactive Entertainment. The trailer, and the press release did not mention EA or BioWare as KOTOR’s original developers.
Other than the fact that BioWare created the original Knights of the Old Republic – and that BioWare/EA is still supporting MMO sequel The Old Republic – neither BioWare nor EA seem involved in the remake in any way. BioWare stated its support for the project on Twitter, while giving detached phrases like how it “will watch with great interest” and calling it “Aspyr’s Remake”.
Geoff Keighley, host of the Game Awards, reached out to EA in order to clarify whether BioWare or EA had any involvement with the KOTOR remake. The slightly ambiguous reply below is from EA. It states how proud it is of Star Wars projects as well as how it will “continue for many years to come” but does not mention KOTOR and Aspyr.
Bioware and EA were contacted by me to confirm their involvement in yesterday’s STAR WARS KNIGHTS FROM THE OLD REPUBLIC remake. I received the following response.
Do you think that is a yes? pic.twitter.com/mwa1FDdbjE
— Geoff Keighley (@geoffkeighley) September 10, 2021
Although none of these are definitive confirmations, it seems like BioWare doesn’t want to help with the remake of one its most beloved games. Despite producing some of Star Wars’ best games, it seems like EA has lost its exclusive license to make Star Wars-related games.
Publiated at Sun, 12 September 2021 11:39:57 (+10000).