It seems that the remake of Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic has changed developers.
According to Bloomberg, the remake’s original developer, Aspyr, has been removed from development, and is now being handled by an Eastern European studio owned by Aspyr’s parent company, Saber Interactive. The remake was revealed last September at a PlayStation Showcase, and last month Aspyr told his staff that the project was “on hold” after the studio had been working on it for the past two years.
Scoop: The highly anticipated Star Wars KOTOR remake has been moved from Texas-based Aspyr Media to a Saber Interactive studio in Eastern Europe.
Parent company Embracer hinted at the transition last week, and Bloomberg News can confirm it today: https://t.co/eK3W9RILHN
— Jason Schreier (@jasonschreier) August 22, 2022
Bloomberg reports that both Disney and Sony weren’t happy with Aspyr’s progress in the remake, which is a bad sign for a game that’s supposed to be a major PS5 console exclusive. The game does not yet have a public release date, though it was reportedly initially aiming for a release later this year. However, it will likely take much longer to finish, with Bloomberg stating that the game needs at least two more years of development.
Saber Interactive is a developer and publisher under the larger umbrella of Embracer Group. Last week, Embracer Group acquired a bunch of different properties within the gaming and entertainment space, including the intellectual property rights of The Lord of the Rings. During this time, Embracer also mentioned in its financial reports that it had changed developers on one of its AAA titles to ensure that it meets quality standards. Embracer Group didn’t specify what it was at the time, but it’s now abundantly clear that Embracer was referencing the remake of Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic.