The Knights of the Old Republic remake is official, and is a timed PS5 exclusive
Sony announced the Aspyr-developed remake during its PlayStation Showcase
The remake of Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic is now official, and will be coming to PlayStation 5 before Xbox Series X/S.
The game was revealed during the PlayStation Showcase stream tonight, and is being developed by Aspyr Media, the studio behind several recent Star War remasters.
Sony later confirmed on the official PlayStation Blog that the game will be “a console exclusive on PlayStation 5 at launch”, implying it will also be on PC on day one, and will be coming to Xbox Series X/S at a later date.
Bloomberg journalist Jason Schreier claimed the remake was in development back in April.
You can watch the trailer via the video embed below:
“Why remake Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic?” asks lead producer Ryan Treadwell in a PlayStation Blog post. “Well, nearly 20 years after it first debuted, the original KOTOR is still one of the most beloved games of all time.
“And even as Star Wars travels to new horizons, we know the community is as eager as ever to return to this iconic era of storytelling and action.
“With Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic – Remake, our hope is to give both series newcomers and long-term fans an experience that can live alongside the very best modern releases.
“We’re rebuilding it from the ground up with the latest tech to match the groundbreaking standard of innovation established by the original, all while staying true to its revered story.”
Speaking during a post-show following Thursday’s PlayStation Showcase, Treadwell was asked exactly how extensive the rework of the classic BioWare RPG would be.
“This is a complete remake of this beloved Star Wars story,” he said. “For Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic Remake we are building from the ground up, while maintaining the integrity of story and character from the original.”
He added: “The original KoTOR is a true classic and one of our favourite Star Wars stories ever. We want to honour that original story and make it as impactful for players today.
Aspyr is behind the recent re-releases of Star Wars: Jedi Knight II, Republic Commando and Episode 1 Racer. It’s even ported KoTOR to iOS in the past, along with another BioWare title, Jade Empire.
Earlier this year, Aspyr was acquired by Embracer Group to work under Saber Interactive, the studio which itself is known for remaking and remasters, including Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary and The Witcher 3’s upcoming next-gen version.