Brace yourselves, Knights of the Old Republic fans—it isn’t KotOR III, but we could have a new game on the horizon nevertheless, an Anniversary Edition of the first game.
Bioware’s Knights of the Old Republic, which released in 2003, is widely considered to be one of the best Star Wars games ever made, as well as just being a great choice-based RPG in general. A sequel, Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords, was developed by Obsidian and released in 2004. While still a good game, its development was rushed, and as such, it has received much more criticism than its predecessor. Bioware’s 2011 MMORPG The Old Republic is connected to the series, but a lot of fans had been hoping for a third main-series game instead.
It turns out that Microsoft’s Phil Spencer is a big fan of the KotOR games. He named Knights of the Old Republic as one of his top RPGs of all time on Twitter, which led to a fan asking him about the chances of an Anniversary Edition, like Halo and Fable have received. He responded:
@JacobTaylorN7 I like the idea. No idea how the rights would work on that now with all the changes. I'll put a vote in.
— Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) February 26, 2014
The Star Wars rights now belong to Disney, although EA and Bioware should hold the rights to the original game, so we can see why he isn’t quite sure how this would work. At least we know there’s interest, though. If we hear anything more about this, we’ll be sure to let you know. In the meantime, let us know your thoughts on the KotOR series and if you would buy a next-gen remake if one were made.