2015 is arguably one of the best year for Star Wars fans in decades. Not only is the highly anticipated Episode 7: The Force Awakens set to hit theaters this December, but also EA and DICE are prepping the return of Star Wars Battlefront, complete with epic ship battles and explosive first-person gameplay. On their own, fans would be satisfied with just the movie and the new Battlefront, but rumors indicate that another announcement related to a certain galaxy far, far away is coming by the end of the year.
If these rumors turn out to be accurate, one of the most beloved Star Wars games ever, BioWare’s Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic could be getting a brand new lease on life. This rumor should be taken with a sizable grain of salt, though, as none of it can be proven, but even so, there seems to be a possibility that Knights of the Old Republic is getting a remake.
The news comes from Cineflix, who cite three separate sources that claim a remake of Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic is indeed in the works. Apparently the remake will be announced within the coming months, and could possibly even be Xbox exclusive on consoles. This would be somewhat fitting when one considers the original Knights of the Old Republic was console-exclusive to the first Xbox, but would be an unwise business decision by EA.
If the supposed Knights of the Old Republic remake does end up being announced, Cineflix claims that the game will be scheduled for a Q3 or Q4 release in 2016.
With no way to investigate the claims made by Cineflix’s sources, it would be wise to wait for an official announcement from Disney or EA before getting too excited about a Knights of the Old Republic remake. Then again, the Knights of the Old Republic sub-series has gotten an unusual amount of attention lately, which could be a sign that a remake is indeed in the works.
For example, over the last couple of years, the original game was ported to the iPad, and one of the main characters from the game, Darth Revan, made an appearance in BioWare’s MMORPG, Star Wars: The Old Republic. This shows that EA clearly still realizes the value of KOTOR, and it would be strange if they weren’t at least discussing the possibility of a remake.
More recently, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 2 – The Sith Lords was given a sizable update on Steam, something that came completely out of the blue. What was the point of updating such an old game? Perhaps it was all meant to drum up interest for the series before the announcement of a full-on remake.
While a remake of KOTOR could very well be in development, the Xbox exclusivity is the hardest piece of information to believe. It wouldn’t make any sense to ignore the larger install base that the PS4 brings to the table, and instead would only serve to draw the ire of gamers.
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Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic could be getting a remake on unspecified platforms, but in the meantime, those that want to experience the original game can check it out on iPad, PC, and the first Xbox console.