Xbox Reportedly Turned Down Star Wars KOTOR Remake
Xbox may have turned down the Star Wars KOTOR Remake, according to a new report. Youtuber MrMattyPlays has heard from “accurate” sources that Microsoft was approached for a deal to release the Star Wars KOTOR Remake on Xbox consoles. However, much like in the case of the Marvel offer, the console maker also turned down this offer to focus on its own IPs.
MrMattyPlays reminded his audience that Knights of the Old Republic was originally an Xbox console exclusive on the first ever Xbox console. As an Xbox fan, he expressed his frustration in Microsoft’s decision to pass up on Disney’s pop culture IPs.
Based on his information, the deal didn’t go through partly because the third-party collaboration was being handled by Aspyr. A possible explanation could be Microsoft’s lack of faith in Aspyr to deliver a worthy remake that fans would come to expect. MrMattyPlays doesn’t know when exactly the deal was put together, but it ultimately ended up in Sony’s hands. Matt further said that PlayStation took the ball and ran with it, opening the avenues for the console maker to make games based on other Disney IPs, such as Wolverine.
The Star Wars KOTOR Remake, a graphically upgraded remake of the original game, was announced by Aspyr for Microsoft Windows and PlayStation 5 in September 2021. It will be a PlayStation 5 console exclusive for an unknown period before being released on other platforms. According to the project’s lead producer Ryan Treadwell, the studio is reconstructing the remake from the ground up with the newest tech to meet the revolutionary level of innovation established by the original, all while remaining faithful to its renowned story. Several people who worked on the original game, including former BioWare devs, are returning for the remake. Jennifer Hale will also reprise her role as Bastila.
It’s been speculated that the remake will incorporate elements from both Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic 1 and 2, as well as establish the lore from both games in the official Star Wars canon, something Disney appears to be focused on as it expands the Star Wars universe across multiple mediums.