KOTOR developers Aspyr Media put the game on hold following departure of key team members
The eagerly anticipated remake of 2003’s Star Wars roleplaying videogame Knights of the Old Republic – heavily influenced by the Tales of the Jedi comic series by Tom Veitch, Kevin J. Anderson, and others – has been paused whilst Swedish developers Aspyr Media undergo significant internal changes.
Bloomberg reports that earlier this month, following the competition of a demo to present to Lucasfilm, Aspyr fired design director Brad Prince and art director Jason Minor, over concerns that the demo wasn’t where they expected it to be.
One person familiar with the discussions suggested that a disproportionate amount of time and money had gone into the demo and that the project’s current course wasn’t sustainable. Another point of contention may be the timeline. At the outset of development, Aspyr told staff and partners it would release the game by the end of 2022, according to two people familiar with production. Developers said a more realistic target now would be 2025.
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