More Evidence Suggests KNIGHTS OF THE OLD REPUBLIC 3 Is Being Made by Saber Interactive's Aspyr Media
The Embracer Group subsidiary Saber Interactive — the team behind World War Z and Crysis Remastered — has officially acquired Aspyr Media for $100 million, sparking rumours that a new Knights of the Old Republic is coming. Before we delve deeper into the world of gossip, take these new details with a grain of salt.
The speculation that Aspyr is working on a Knights of the Old Republic game has been doing the rounds for quite a while now, as we know 2 very interesting things about the production. First of all, Jason Schreier has suggested that the next KotOR is real and EA has nothing to do with it. Secondly, it's been revealed that the title is made by a relatively young team. Finally, Aspyr is currently looking for artists and designers who are "passionate about Action Combat and have a love for RPGs" — and what's even more interesting, some ex-BioWare veterans recently joined forces with the Aspyr team to bring their new game to life.
Although Aspyr is a rather unknown studio that has never made a "triple-A" game before, fans of the KotOR series should be happy to hear that the company's next big thing has a $70 million budget — and it doesn't include any marketing costs. This impressive haul basically puts it on the same level as Watch Dogs (~$68M), Shadow of the Tomb Raider ($75-$100M), and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (~$81M).
This wouldn't be the first time Aspyr has had a chance to work on a Star Wars property, as the Austin-based video game studio had helped Disney bring Star Wars Episode I Racer, Star Wars Jedi Knight Jedi Academy, and Star Wars Jedi Knight II Jedi Outcast to the Nintendo Switch and PS4. Most recently, Aspyr published the mobile version of Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic and Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II.
Both Knights of the Old Republic and Knights of the Old Republic II were originally released by LucasArts, but with said company no longer existing — which still is a damn shame — and Aspyr having a new owner, the long-rumoured project will probably be published by one of Embracer's subsidiaries — such as THQ Nordic, Koch Media, and Gearbox Software — or the newly formed Lucasfilm Games.
Given Aspyr's track record, there's always a chance that the mysterious KotOR project is, in fact, a full-blown remake of the first entry that may incorporate new story beats to make sure that it falls right in the so-called Disney Star Wars canon timeline. Still, KotOR III would surely be a dream come true for those who fell in love with Darth Revan and Meetra Surik's dramatic — yet touching and light-hearted — stories many years ago.
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