Is the Knights of the Old Republic Remake for the PS5 canceled?

An insider believes that the highly anticipated PS5-exclusive remake of the classic Star Wars game will never see the light of day.

The remake of Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic has been rumored to be in development for several years before it was officially confirmed.

Star Wars Jedi: Survivor has increased the demand for other Star Wars games. Unfortunately, most of the big ones are still years away. Arguably the biggest one might even be stuck in development hell.

We enjoyed the official reveal of Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic two years ago and we haven't heard much about it since.

Back in July, there were reports that Aspyr Media had delayed the PS5-exclusive title indefinitely. Later, an Embracer Group earnings "confirmed" that the game had gone through a switch in the development studio with Asypr Media passing over its duties to Saber Interactive.

Now, Jeff Grubb has chimed in.

According to the VentureBeat reporter, Grubb doesn't believe that "the KOTOR Remake will ever come out", adding that the Prince of Persia Remake will come out before it.

The Prince of Persia Remake by Ubisoft is another long-gestating title that recently switched development studios as well.

Darth Revan is one of the most popular "non-canon" characters in Star Wars history.

Ever since it was first announced, all that the development team has to switch for the KOTOR Remake is a trailer that's more of a teaser than anything. We still don't know just how much of the first game from two decades ago will remain and how much it will change.

Whatever the KOTOR Remake will look like, it's clearly giving its developers a headache. 

The worst-case scenario here is the KOTOR Remake isn't canceled or delayed. Just like Quantic Dream's upcoming Star Wars game, Star Wars: Eclipse, the KOTOR Remake is in the works without a release date. So, technically, you can't delay a game that the developers didn't reveal when it will be coming out.

Most likely, Asypr Media and/or Saber Interactive underestimated the scope of the KOTOR Remake and it needs more time to work on the game.

KOTOR was way ahead of its time when it came out, so the remake might be struggling with the pressure to exceed the expectations.

It was recently revealed that the budget for AAA games in recent years has ballooned compared to five or so years ago. If work on the KOTOR Remake only started during the brunt of the COVID-19 pandemic, the budget and the timeline might have changed a lot. Thus, the KOTOR Remake might not have been canceled but it could very well be stuck in development for at least the next two to three years if not longer.

TLDR; the KOTOR Remake is likely still very much on the docket but don't expect it to come out anytime soon.

In the meantime, Star Wars fans can look forward to other Star Wars games coming out soon, including Ubisoft's open-world Star Wars project that might be released as early as this fiscal year.

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