A remake of Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic was revealed during Sony’s latest PlayStation showcase. Being developed by Aspyr, who have worked on remakes of Jedi Knight 2, Jedi Academy, and Republic Commando, this is a full-on, from-the-ground-up remake made for PS5 and PC. It’s still in early days, and no release date was shared.
A press release for the announcement said that the Knights of the Old Republic Remake is a “PlayStation 5 console exclusive at launch,” so there’s a possibility it will appear on other platforms, such as Xbox Series X|S, sometime after launch. The upcoming Deathloop from Bethesda is exclusive to PS5 for a year, as is Ghostwire: Tokyo, which was also shown during the showcase.
The reveal trailer, seen above, is short, but it’s enough to get any fan excited for what’s to come. Narrated by Jennifer Hale, who’s reprising her role as Bastila Shan, it shows Revan walking through the shadows before igniting their lightsaber and revealing their now-iconic helmet covered in a black cloak.
This is no Jedi mind trick!
We’re bringing STAR WARS: Knights of the Old Republic – Remake to PlayStation 5 as a console exclusive at launch and to PC in partnership with @PlayStation and @Lucasfilmgames!https://t.co/kDyB4RNN53 pic.twitter.com/rGXTs3cdXR
— Aspyr (@AspyrMedia) September 9, 2021
The detail on the helmet gives a small taste of what the remake could look like, though gameplay or any new cinematic trailers are still a ways off. Ryan Treadwell, Lead Producer on the project at Aspyr, said in a PlayStation Blog post:
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic – Remake is a tremendous undertaking, encompassing almost every aspect of the original game. We’re still early in development, but we’re happy to finally have announced the remake and hear the PlayStation community’s thoughts on what you’re excited to see.
The team behind the remake, which is working in collaboration with LucasFilm Games, is comprised of veteran RPG developers, as well as members of the original KOTOR development team who previously worked at Bioware.
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic tells one of the best stories in all of Star Wars, canon or legends. It was released on PC way back in 2003 for Xbox and PC and was followed up by Knights of the Old Republic 2 in 2004. It consistently ranks in the upper echelons of the best Star Wars games ever made.
It’s an absolute delight that a new generation of players will be able to experience the game in a brand-new way, however that may look. Stay tuned for more Knights of the Old Republic Remake news in the future.