KOTOR Remake Handed to New Studio, Delay Unlikely
The expected Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic remake was reportedly in bad shape last month due to the project’s “indefinite delay” and possible removal of producer Aspyr. Embracer Group, the parent business of Aspyr, remained silent at the time regarding the rumors.
Multiple news surrounded the Knights of the Old Republic remake, according to the Embracer Group’s most recent financial reports. Even though Embracer doesn’t mention the project by name, they acknowledge that a significant AAA project has been transferred to a new developer under the Embracer brand. Almost without a doubt, this is the KOTOR remake. Nevertheless, Embracer doesn’t anticipate any “significant delays” as a result of the dev transfer, which is good news given that earlier reports said it might have been delayed to 2025.
One of the Group’s AAA projects has transitioned to another studio within the Group. This was done to ensure the quality bar is where we need it to be for the title. We are not expecting any material delays for the title based on this transition.”
-Embracer Group’s Financial Report
In addition to the financial report, the deal has been made for Embracer Group to buy Middle Earth Enterprises, the company that owns the rights to The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and other J.R.R. Tolkien books. It seems that under the deal Embracer will be able to transform these IPs into movies, video games, merchandising, etc. It is a promising acquisition and will help the studios in the later run.
What this might mean for the KOTOR remake is unclear, but it appears that Embracer wants to finish the project quickly and is likely hiring Saber experts in finishing projects quickly to do it. Hopefully, the essence of a timeless piece is preserved.