‘Knights of the Old Republic 2′ Dev Obsidian Has a ‘Star Wars’ Game Pitch

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Obsidian Star Wars Pitch

After Disney announced they were shuttering developer LucasArts and sticking to strictly licensing deals, the general consensus was that the Star Wars franchise was more up for grabs than ever. Any developer that could make a great pitch had a very realistic shot of making a Star Wars game.

While we’ve yet to hear too much about potential licensing deals, and whether or not Star Wars 1313 might find new life elsewhere, one developer is throwing its name into the pile. Obsidian Entertainment, best known for their work on Knights of the Old Republic 2, says they would love to pitch a Star Wars game to Disney.

In an email to Eurogamer, Obsidian CEO Feargus Urquhart started off by expressing his sadness over the closure of LucasArts. Although the developer had been struggling to find hits within the Star Wars universe as of late, they at one time were strong supporters of some high profile properties, among them the Knights of the Old Republic franchise.

Urquhart continued saying that he would love to work within the Star Wars universe again. In fact, Obsidian had pitched a project to LucasArts in February, and LucasArts apparently loved it.

The game was reportedly set between Episodes 3 and 4, and would focus on the fall of the Republic and the extermination of the Jedi. It would also follow Obi Wan Kenobi, as he ensures Luke stays safe.

Back in February, Rock Paper Shotgun asked Urquhart if the Disney/LucasFilm acquisition would impact the pitch, to which he replied:

“It’s something we’re still hoping for, even with the Disney/Lucas stuff going on. It changes things a lot, but you know, we’re gonna push on it. I would say it’s within the top three pitches we’ve ever come up with. We really worked on it hard and distilled it down to these eight or ten pages that really sold the story and characters. Then we sold it off to LucasArts and got a call back later that day. They were like, ‘This seems really cool. We want to talk to you guys, like, tomorrow about it.’”

So even though there may not be a LucasArts, that doesn’t mean Obsidian’s pitch can’t live on as a licensing deal. Despite claims that BioWare‘s MMO The Old Republic would encompass KOTOR 3-9, most fans would like to see proper RPGs under that franchise umbrella. This project from Obsidian could very easily be that type of game.

The closure of LucasArts is still very fresh on gamers’ minds, though, so we wouldn’t expect licensing announcements so soon. But rest assured Disney is likely taking meetings as we speak.

Would you like to see Obsidian develop a Star Wars game? How about another Knights of the Old Republic?

Source: Eurogamer


TAGS: Disney, Knights of the Old Republic, Obsidian Entertainment, Star Wars

  • Ace

    I believe they already talked about it somewhere

    It was basically a Skyrim/Fallout style RPG set between ep3 & ep4

    Maybe I’m thinking of something else though.

  • ChromeYoda

    Too bad KOTOR 2 was a glitch filled wreck! I’d say don’t let Obsidian touch Star Wars.

    • Justin Loomis

      This. And before any one uses deadlines as a excuse for glitches, I say this.

      Alpha Protocol. Several delays and still glitchy as all hell!

      • deathknight579

        Might as well give them a shot kotor2 wasnt the best but it sure wasnt the worst either also just the title alone would turn peoples heads especially if it sticks to the series roots so disney cant really say no one would want to play it many consider it the best star wars game series ever

        • luke perry glover

          yeah, i know a few people who would love kotor3. personally i dont play star wars games though

      • Kazimier

        Disagree. BioWare should handle KOTOR. KOTOR 2 stunk, I didn’t like the story and the mentioned glitchyness. KOTOR 1 was great, they should turn it into one of their star wars spinoff movies. imo

        • Mark

          I can’t agree with that. Bioware should not be allowed anywhere near KOTOR III for a number of reasons. First of all, as bad as the ending to KOTOR II was, it wasn’t anywhere near as bad as Mass Effect III’s ending, and that was all Bioware. Second, the Bioware that made KOTOR no loger exists in any meaningful way. Most of the original talent, from Drew up to the Doctors have moved on. Third, Bioware is now a part of EA, and anything EA touches has always-on internet based DRM, forced multi-player, and micro transactions shoehorned into a shoddily buit product. Fourth, and most importantly, Obsidian actually wants to make KOTOR III. Bioware couldn’t be bothered except as an MMO cash cow.

          • Justin Loomis

            As much as I hate to admit, this is true. I’ll take any star wars game now.

  • James Salazar

    Would love to see a new well-developed Star Wars game. A conclusion to the KOTOR series would be wonderful. It was such a dissappointment when I found out that KOTOR 3 didn’t work out.

  • Johnny B

    I played KOTOR but not KOTOR2, nor have I played any of their other games. So I can speak from any experience with Obsidian Entertainment but I say give them a chance. They are taking the initiative then I say let them. If they sold Lucasarts in one day then that is fairly impressive I think.

    • Andy S

      It’s not as bad as people say. That was back in 2005. The story itself was great and the gameplay was too. I loved both 1 and 2. Obsidian definitely deserves a shot at it.

  • brad

    yes yes a thousand times yes…… been waiting for a new KOTOR game…. or just an awesome game from them fro a while

  • Daniel Williams

    Finishing KOTOR 2 would be nice.

  • Everix

    In my opinion: KotOR was brilliant, KotOR 2 was lackluster, SWTOR was good, but had no end-game support, so anyone who started with it from launch had no reason to play further. I say that as an avid supporter of the series, who was left spurned by SWTOR.

    I think that a continuation of the single player KotOR experience would be much better than the MMORPG style that is currently sweeping the gaming industry, and would definitely support a game within that genre.

  • Jack Daniels

    Knights of the Old Republic 3!!!! I’ve been wishing for it for so long!

  • Disciple

    KOTOR 2 was by far one of the glitchiest games I’ve ever played. That being said, it’s to this day one of the best. The story arc was far more gritty and intense and the dialogue was epic. It was easy to get lost in the glitches and story twerks but I honestly enjoyed it more than the first. I understand why people didn’t like it as much, and yes, it was not truly concluded, but overall I still REALLY loved that game. If ANY company would learn from the obvious mistakes that were made AS well as the depth of the story archs range, they could make a FANTASTIC KOTOR 3. Which…let’s face it. STWOR….just isn’t it.
    I personally want the first two to be remade using the Mass Effect engine, then see where the story goes from there.

    • Andy S

      I agree with everything you said. The story was much more dark in KOTOR 2, and had more underlying stories.

      • Tyler

        Also agree with everything you said. It would be cool to see it use the mass effect engine but i hate how it limits dialogue. Kotor 2 had so much dialogue in it that you had to actually look for. Few people have actually done everything that is possible in that game. I liked Kotor 2 cause it had so much more depth than Kotor and the story was indeed much darker and better than the first. However Kotor 2’s ending was really bad. If they had released the book ‘Revan’ right after it, then everything would have been fine because people would have been like oh they cut it off like that because they wanted to sum up both stories in a book. Using the mass effect 1 (it has to be 1 because 2 and 3 were nothing compared to it). But it would be tricky since mass effect is a shooter, though i imagine using the force would be very similar to how they use biotics in that game.

  • Morens

    I like the Idea of them remaking the Kotor and adding a third installment. But the thing is it would have to be placed after the events of swtor and have to follow what Revan did after that. And not to say that game would be wierd because now you are dealing with a person who is lost in time he lost his family and close friends and woud be a wreck. i say go ahead and make a Kotor 3 and remake the original 2 but stop hanging us up and playing with us that this will explain what happens to Revan only to have him keep disapearing. For personal expierence I love Revan and his story but it needs to come to a close and soon because a lot of people are losing intrest.

    • Tyler

      Agreed with the whole revan thing. Honestly Revan’s story probably should have ended with his role in swtor. Most likely though he will reappear at some point during swtor’s life if it makes it long enough. If they make a Kotor 3 they just need to start over with a brand new character and a new story. Of course in all honesty the appearance of swtor has ruined this time period cause it makes making games on the side of it during this period really hard. Would probably have to go way past the point of the end of swtor, whenever that is. I guess they could do something about the hyperspace war or any of the other wars including the mandolorian wars. Thats the only way i want to see Revan again, if its in the mandolorian wars.

  • Jonathan

    I think it would be awesome if Bioware teamed up with Obsidian to make the new KOTOR games…

  • Michael

    I would like to see Obsidian develop a Star Wars game or any capable developer and/or another Knights of the Old Republic.
    Enjoyed KOTOR, can’t speak about number two though cause I never tried it.

  • Jimmy Long

    I just want a game that is set in the starwars universe, yet plays like a grand theft auto or red dead redemption. The starwars universe is a bit of a wild west.

  • Ben T

    I think the Star Wars franchise needs something new, not something old or something blue. Rhyming aside, there were some great aspects of various SW games. For instance, the sheer customizing and freedom of Star Wars Galaxies. Or the story and voice acting/decision making of SWTOR/KOTOR. I’m not saying a frankenstein game, but there have been a LOT of decent Star Wars games over the year. They rarely are amazing though (the X-wing/Tie Fighter games were exceptional IIRC). The SW universe lends itself to freedom and sand-boxy features of Star Wars Galaxies, but with more story weaved in. There’s not been a game between Eps 3 and 4 yet, so that may be a good place to start.

    • Daniel Brongers

      Actually, there has been ONE game (or actually, two games) that takes place between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope called The Force Unleashed (and The Forced Unleashed 2)

  • Jon

    Am I the only one who really wants to see another battlefront? KotOR would be good too, I like how they were focused on a aspect of the universe that no one had bothered defining before so it was free to have a lot of creativity.

  • dan

    Knights of the Old Republic 3!!! Please Please PLEASE Knights of the Old 3!!!

  • Daniel Brongers

    Over the years, I had a great time playing Star Wars games. The Force Unleashed series was the last games I played (which I really loved, though the Forced Unleashed 2 was a bit short and left me with unanswered questions). Why not having pitch those old classics again? Knights of the Old Republic 3, The Force Unleashed 3….heck, why not even revive the X-Wing franchise? There are alot of opportunity for all these games to become great, eventually…