Anyone who visited Amazon, Google, or just about any other website on the Internet yesterday is probably aware that it was Star Wars day. May the Fourth is always an exciting day for fans of a galaxy far, far away, but this year with a major video game and a new film on the way, the hype was at an all-time high. Although most gamers spent the day looking forward to this fall’s release of Star Wars Battlefront, a more nostalgic crowd looked back on the era of Bioware Star Wars (non-MMO) RPGs.
Surprisingly, a few of the minds behind the Knights of the Old Republic franchise actually started to publicly express an interest in getting back to the beloved RPG universe. The original KOTOR game launched in 2003 and was followed by an equally successful sequel, The Sith Lords, just a year later. The Bioware team returned to the Star Wars universe in The Old Republic MMO, but the game really feels like its own venture, rather than a spiritual successor to the original two.
In the midsts of all the Star Wars chatter on May the Fourth, Bioware’s David Gaider took to Twitter to talk about his desire to work in the Star Wars world again. Gaider is a lead writer on the Dragon Age series and hasn’t worked on a Star Wars game since KOTOR. Although it has been a decade since the his last Star Wars gig, the Bioware writer is still dreaming of a new game:
Chris Avellone is currently with Obsidian, but worked on KOTOR2 back in the day. Avellone didn’t reply, but another Bioware employee, GM Aaryn Fynn, jumped at the chance to daydream about developing a new RPG.
EA currently holds the license to Star Wars games, so it isn’t impossible that we could see another installment in the KOTOR franchise in the future. Star Wars Battlefront will definitely be a major AAA release to keep fans satisfied this year and Disney Infinity 3.0 will appeal to a very different demographic before long, but the RPG gamers out there still need a fix.
The Old Republic is definitely one option for RPG fans, but it seems like EA could stand to make a ton of money by tasking Bioware with the creation of a brand-new Star Wars RPG. The Old Republic receives frequent patches and expansions, but the MMO is five years old and lacks the appeal that a current-gen release would have.
There is a lot of money to be made from Star Wars games and there is definitely an incredibly high demand from fans. These tweets certainly don’t suggest that any projects have already been started, but it’s good to know that the franchise is on the minds of some of the high profile creators at Bioware. We don’t expect a surprise E3 2015 announcement, but that would certainly break the internet if it happened.
Would you play a new Bioware Star Wars RPG? Do you think The Old Republic is strong enough to scratch that itch? Let us know in the comments.
Star Wars: Battlefront releases on PC, PS4, and Xbox One on November 17th, 2015.