Lucasfilm has successfully shut down an formidable fan remake of Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic.
“It’s with a great sadness that I’m posting today; I recently received a letter from Lucasfilm instructing Poem to end production on Apeiron,” said project lead and Poem Studios member, Taylor Trotter. “I recently received a letter from Lucasfilm instructing Poem [Studios, the team behind the remake] to end production on Apeiron. After a few days, I’ve exhausted my options to keep it afloat; we knew this day was a possibility. I’m sorry and may the Force be with you.”
Trotter posted a replica of the letter Lucasfilm despatched him. For a stop and desist letter, it was really fairly well mannered. The Lucasfilm consultant famous “Poem Studios’ affection and enthusiasm for the Star Wars franchise and the unique KOTOR recreation” earlier than noting that Lucasfilm “must object to any unlicensed use of Lucasfilm intellectual property.” Effectively, it appears like they’re saying that they are not spiritually against this mission, however they do have to stick to a authorized precedent in relation to these sorts of issues.
Let’s get one factor out of the best way now: this remake was shaping as much as be unimaginable. The footage of the sport we have seen up to now highlighted the mission’s good visuals (it was being made within the Unreal four engine) in addition to how fashionable know-how may help smoothe a few of the authentic recreation’s tough edges. We would have beloved to play the ultimate model of this recreation.
From a authorized standpoint, you may argue that this mission’s creators may have battled this discover in courtroom. There is not any scarcity of Star Wars fan initiatives/mods on the market, and lots of of them are allowed to be accomplished and finally prosper. The Apeiron group may have argued that such precedents apply to their mission, however the prices of such a authorized battle have been probably too nice.
So why did Lucasarts go after this explicit mission? We’d wish to imagine it is as a result of they may be fascinated about producing an official KOTOR remake/remaster. It’s more likely, although, that this has one thing to do with preserving the opportunity of such a mission or just simply stopping anybody else from engaged on KOTOR whereas The Old Republic MMO remains to be technically lively.
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