Over the years, we have heard numerous speak about BioWare engaged on a brand new KOTOR recreation. It was even reported that their Austin studio was secretly exhausting at work on a brand new entry within the collection. However, a current replace to the EA/Star Wars fiasco appears to point that is not the case.
“They’ve tried to make it happen, more than once from what I’ve heard,” says Kotaku’s Jason Schreier on Twitter in response to a query about BioWare making one other KOTOR recreation. “No luck.”
On its personal, there’s not a lot data there, however there may be extra to this story. First off, Jason Schreier has been a dependable supply for years on the subject of reporting on what’s occurring at varied online game studios. He’s additionally chargeable for that current report that sheds some gentle on why the EA period of Star Wars video games has been disastrous to this point.
He’s additionally one of many individuals who beforehand acknowledged that these studies which advised BioWare is actively engaged on a brand new KOTOR recreation are principally false. It appears that there was a degree when BioWare had pitched the thought of a brand new KOTOR to the higher-ups at EA (and presumably labored on some type of pitch for the sport which may have included tech demos), however they by no means truly started work on such a undertaking in earnest.
The query now’s: “Why has EA seemingly denied them the right to do so?” For our greatest guess on that, we might direct you to that beforehand talked about report by which it was seemingly decided that EA is not actually all that enthusiastic in regards to the thought of getting so many Star Wars video games in growth directly. That report (which EA formally disputes) indicated that EA’s CEO was by no means actually that excited in regards to the thought of a protracted unique Star Wars settlement. If true, that may clarify why EA has completed the naked minimal (typically worse) with the license.
What’s actually heartbreaking is the implications this information has relating to BioWare’s true intentions. They’ve repeatedly acknowledged that Anthem is the type of recreation they need to make (regardless of proof on the contrary), however now we hear that they’ve seemingly made a number of makes an attempt to revisit one in every of their most beloved franchises past including new content material to the Old Republic MMO.
The disgrace of all of it is that the second KOTOR recreation left us dreaming of the chances of that franchise and that the current historical past of Star Wars video games has left us fondly remembering the times by which Star Wars video games have been arguably superior to the films they’re based mostly on.
Matthew Byrd is a employees author for Den of Geek. He spends most of his days attempting to pitch deep-dive analytical items about Killer Klowns From Outer Space to an more and more perturbed collection of editors. You can learn extra of his work right here or discover him on Twitter at @SilverTuna014.