Its actually happening. Weve waited for years and years, and were finally getting a new Knights of the Old Republic game. But it wont be like the series you remember.
A few years ago, Cinelinx leaked the news that a KotOR remake was in the works. That remake was later canceled. But now its back! Although were not really getting a remake, were getting a re-imagining Oh.
This could end poorly.
The original Knights of the Old Republic games werent just the best duo of Star Wars games. They were two of the best sci-fi RPGs ever made.
No games before or since have so perfectly blended Star Wars canon with action-RPG and strategy elements. The decision to let you pause the game and line up attack commands was pure brilliance.
Not only that, but KotOR presented genuinely interesting stories. Rather than re-hash the tales from Star Wars that we already knew, the team at BioWare created new characters andnew stories.
Thats why this re-imagining should concern you.
Details about Knights of the Old Republics new direction remain thin. The leak just states that a new game exists and will integrate elements from the first two games.
The most important missing puzzle piece is which of EAs developers will handle it. It makes sense that BioWare would get the nod, but theyre not the same company they were when KotOR came out in 2003.
Most of the key BioWare figures involved in the original KotOR have left. And if you look at the games theyve produced over the past six years, youll grow even more worried.
Theres always Obsidian, which developed Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords. But Obsidian belongs to Xbox Game Studios now, so EA isnt likely to hand them the reins this time.
Even if BioWaredoes take the lead on the new KotOR and the developer returns to its early-2000s form, EAs well-documented fetish for microtransactions could still screw the game up.
EA wont just have to masterfully blend elements from two vastly different but equally outstanding games. They must resist the urge to pump the long-awaited title full of micropayments.
I can already see it: $0.99 for a new shield here; $1.99 for an orange lightsaber crystal there. The thought of something so perfect being corrupted makes me shudder.
Lets hope that Disneys displeasure at the Battlefront II backlash is enough to muzzle EAs seediest impulses.
This article was edited by Josiah Wilmoth.
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