News from Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic Remake only gets worse, as it’s now reported that the game isn’t even being worked on right now.
This is according to Giant Bomb journalist Jeff Grubb, who brought the ill-fated remake up on his podcast, Game Mess Mornings. Here, he says that no studio is working on the game right now, even after it was reported that a new team was assigned to the project.
“I just want to clear it up, this game is not being worked on right now,” says Grubb, as spotted by Insider Gaming. “Just full stop. This game is not being worked on in any way, at any studio.”
Grubb continues, bringing up the recent development of Sony deleting the reveal trailer from its YouTube channel. “I don’t think this is news to most of you. Sony stepping away, and scrubbing mentions of Knights of the Old Republic from social media and YouTube – you can put two and two together there. But just to 100% confirm it, this game is not being worked on right now.”
Shortly after fans noticed that the trailer had been removed, Sony said this was due to copyright issues with the music used in the teaser. However, given Grubb’s wording here, that may not have been the full story.
The KOTOR Remake was originally in development at Aspyr Media, the company that has been responsible for re-releasing the first two KOTOR games on modern hardware. However, it was reported last August that the game was taken away from Aspyr and moved to “a Saber Interactive studio in Eastern Europe”. But according to Grubb, this too has been put on ice, and it’s not clear what company will end up making the game, if any.
The CEO of Embracer Group, which owns Saber and therefore Aspyr, recently refused to comment on the state of the KOTOR Remake during an earnings call.
“I noticed that anything I say to this becomes a headline. So that is my only comment,” said Lars Wingefors. Well, in our defence, a game teaser does tend to mean that there’s a game in development. Usually, companies would be pleased to see so much interest in one of their products too, so it’s not clear why Embracer won’t be more transparent here.
This lack of transparency means that most of the news we’ve heard from the project has come from scoops like this, rather than any official channels. If these reports are to be believed, then it’s all pretty bleak, even before Grubb told us that it isn’t being made right now. We’ll have to see if Saber and Embracer finally decide to comment on these rumours, having previously kept quiet as doubt spreads.
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