April 10, 2017 | by Michael
Update: BioWare (Not) Reviving KOTOR

Update: After some searching, Kotaku’s Jason Schreier discovered that KOTOR was, at one time, being experimented with at BioWare, but it was never in actual development. Instead, BioWare Austin is assisting BioWare Edmonton with their new IP, Dylan, which was announced back in 2014. Liam Robertson, who broke news about both Dylan and the “new” KOTOR on his podcast apparently “misheard” and “misspoke” when speaking to his sources. Liam says the KOTOR project eventually ended but does still say Austin is working on Star Wars stuff.

Original Story: Take this with a big grain of salt but it seems like BioWare may be working on a new Star Wars RPG game not too different from their much beloved Knights of the Republic games. BioWare Austin, the same studio behind MMO Star Wars: The Old Republic, has begun the early work on a revival or remake for KOTOR according to a Patreon podcast from Liam Robertson. This new game will use the KOTOR format as a blueprint, but will work within the new canon, not the older stories that Disney has designated as ‘Legends’.

This would fall in line with BioWare Austin’s absence on the release date list as of late, since they’ve been silent after only helped a bit on Mass Effect: Andromeda. In addition to that Drew Karpyshyn, the writer on KOTOR, returned to BioWare in 2015 after leaving a few years back for a new project, which is still unannounced.

As of right now, this is all circumstantial and stuck together with hopes and dreams, primarily mine. A new, modern KOTOR would be very welcome, especially from the developer behind those incredible original games. EA so far is the only company making Star Wars games with Disney/Lucas, and practically every studio under their domain is handling some sort of Star Wars game. Hopefully we find out more about whatever BioWare Austin is working on either later this week at Star Wars Celebration or at E3 this summer.

Michael

Managing Editor around here, moderator over at Giant Bomb, writer at prowrestling.cool

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