Skip to main content

Digital Trends may earn a commission when you buy through links on our site. Why trust us?

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic remake reportedly shifts developers

It looks as if the remake of Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic has shifted developers.

According to Bloomberg, the remake’s original developer Aspyr has reportedly been moved off its development, and now it is being handled by an Eastern European studio owned by Aspyr’s parent company, Saber Interactive. The remake was revealed last September in a PlayStation Showcase, and last month Aspyr reportedly told its staff that the project was “on hold” after the studio had been working on it for over 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:

— Jason Schreier (@jasonschreier) August 22, 2022

Bloomberg reports that both Disney and Sony were unhappy with Aspyr’s progress on the remake, which is a bad sign for a game that’s supposed to be a major PS5 console exclusive. The game still doesn’t have a public release date, although it was reportedly aiming to release by the end of this year initially. However, it’ll likely take much longer to finish, with Bloomberg claiming that the game needs at least two more years of development.

Saber Interactive is a developer and publisher under the larger Embracer Group umbrella. Last week, Embracer Group acquired a bunch of different properties within the gaming and entertainment space, including IP rights to The Lord of the Rings. During this time, Embracer also mentioned in its financial reports that it had switched developers on one of its AAA titles in order to make sure that it meets quality standards. Embracer Group didn’t specify what it was at the time, but now it’s very clear that Embracer was referencing the remake of Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic.

Editors' Recommendations

George Yang
George Yang is a freelance games writer for Digital Trends. He has written for places such as IGN, GameSpot, The Washington…
Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic remake reportedly delayed indefinitely
Knights of the Old Republic character holding a lightsaber.

The remake of Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic has reportedly been indefinitely delayed. According to a report, the studio behind the project, Aspyr Media, is trying to figure out how to continue it after several key figures left the project.

Per Bloomberg, two studio heads from Aspyr told employees throughout this month that the game would be delayed as the studio is looking for new contracts and development work. At the end of last month on June 30, Aspyr reportedly managed to finish a demo for the game to show Lucasfilm and Sony.

Read more
God of War Ragnarok is reportedly releasing in November
A giant lizard monster jumps on Kratos in God of War Ragnarok.

While it was a no-show at yesterday's Summer Game Fest, Sony Santa Monica's God of War Ragnarok is reportedly being targeted for a November 2022 release.

According to a report from Bloomberg, PlayStation is expected to announce the precise release date later this month. Despite some outlets reporting that God of War Ragnarok was going to be delayed to 2023, three sources that were familiar with the game's development say that it is still on track to release this year.

Read more
PlayStation Plus adds God of War and more ahead of revamp
Kratos and Atreus standing next to each other on the cover of the game God Of War.

Sony has announced its PlayStation Plus lineup for June, and it includes God of War, Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker, and Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl.

For some, God of War may feel like an odd choice for a free monthly release, as the game is already available via the PlayStation Plus Collection for PlayStation 5 subscribers and will be featured in the Extra tier of Sony's PlayStation Plus revamp, which launches in the U.S. on June 13. Even so, adding the 2018 hit title is likely just Sony's attempt to build hype for the upcoming sequel God of War Ragnarok, which may receive a release date very soon.

Read more