STAR WARS: KNIGHTS OF THE OLD REPUBLIC 3 Reportedly in the Works; Made by a Smaller Studio
Mechanic: Bartosz Sobczak
Category: Role-Playing Games
Both Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic and Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic II are acknowledged as some of the best RPGs of all time, and chances are that a 3rd entry in the KotOR series is finally in the works.
According to two separate — and equally reliable — sources, Knights of the Old Republic III is a real deal, as the newly formed LucasFilm Games has reportedly decided to greenlight the highly anticipated project (it's probably worth remembering that the Obsidian Entertainment–developed sequel came out back in 2004).
Although the Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords follow-up has not been officially revealed just yet, we do know a couple of things about the title. First of all, industry insider Jason Schreier has confirmed that KotOR III isn't being produced by BioWare — the creators of the ground-breaking original — and Electronic Arts has nothing to do with it. It also basically means that Motive (Squadrons), Respawn Entertainment (Jedi: Fallen Order), and DICE (the Battlefront reboot and its sequel) are not involved in the works in any capacity.
There's no denying that almost all fans of Darth Revan and Meetra Surik's dangerous adventures would love to hear that KotOR III is being created by Obsidian, CD Projekt Red (The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt), FromSoftware (Sekiro Shadows Die Twice), Bethesda Softworks (Fallout 4) or any other major studio focused on story-driven experiences, but the dream is pretty much over, as the crew responsible for the title allegedly isn't a big gun.
You read that right, KotOR III is not being developed by a well-known studio — or at least "not a household name most people are aware of" (via Wushu Studios' shinobi602). This bit of information doesn't look too good on paper, but it's still great to know that the Sith Lords will make a return — even though writer Chris Avellone's ideas for KotOR III probably won't be used by the yet-to-be-revealed developer, as his reputation has been damaged by accusations of sexual misconduct that came to light last year — and there are a lot of skilled (and technically smaller) teams — including Deck13, Techland and Spiders — who could create a truly unique Star Wars RPG using the right approach (and a hefty budget provided by LucasFilm Games, naturally).
Obviously, it's possible that KotOR III and the recently revealed open-world Star Wars game from the makers of The Division 2 is the same thing — but Ubisoft Massive is a pretty massive company, all things considered.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Bartosz Sobczak - Owner, Editor-in-Chief
Lawyer by day, video game reporter by night. Long-time fan of the Mass Effect, Age of Empires, Prince of Persia, BioShock — especially the second one — and Splinter Cell series (who still believes that the best is yet to come). Tries his hardest to shine a new light on the Polish game-development scene. Gameplay Mechanix is his biggest passion project to date. Often listens to old episodes of The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson while writing. Privately a cat person.