I was recently listening to an episode of my new favorite podcast, A More Civilized Age, in which hosts Rob Zachny, Austin Walker, Natalie Watson, and Ali Acampora watch and critically discuss the Star Wars: Clone Wars animated series, when I was suddenly assaulted with a blockbuster piece of information I had somehow missed.
One of the hosts mentioned Knights of the Old Republic, the best Star Wars game of all time, and one which I have written about on this very blog. This prompted another host to reply, and I’m paraphrasing here, “Heh. Yeah. We’ll get around to that when that remake comes out.”
At first, I thought this was a tongue-in-cheek reference to the eventual possibility of a KOTOR remake. A herculean task tantamount to remaking the likes of Final Fantasy 7. The comparison would prove to be apt.
After another second or so, the hosts again made reference to a KOTOR remake, saying something to the effect of, “Yeah, when that remake drops, we should really get into that.”
At this point, with a second, more pointed allusion to a remade KOTOR, I became suspicious. Was this…was this actually a thing that was coming? Could it be real?
This news broke a MONTH ago??? How did I miss this??? There’s actually, literally, for sure going to be a remake of KOTOR at some point in the near future, and I didn’t know about it??? What rift in space and time caused this lapse in my ability to keep abreast of Extremely Important News about one of my favorite games of all time???
We even know the developer working on the project – not BioWare, but Aspyr, the company responsible for porting KOTOR 1&2 and many other classic Star Wars games to modern platforms. As far as companies that are not BioWare that you’d want working on this project go, the choice of Aspyr bodes well. One can reasonably assume they’re well acquainted with the ins and outs of this game by now. Possibly even more than the folks who originally made it!
In any case, however I missed it, I can now move on to being extremely excited for this. My great hope — and I assume this is within the realm of likelihood — is that it will be released on PC. If not at launch, then at some point soon after.
Also, this definitely means the original is coming to Switch, yeah? I mean that’d be a slam dunk release if I ever saw one. Maybe a few months before the release of the remake so folks can experience the original before the new one? Probably released alongside the announcement of the remake as a “here’s something to chew on in the meantime?”
Oh yeah. It’s all coming together now. It is all as I have foreseen. It’s only a matter of time…