PLAY LIFE, LIVE GAMES: Star Wars gaming rumored to be returning to Old Republic
While things have certainly turned around the past year or so, it’s safe to say I was pretty disappointed with the first five years of game publisher EA’s 10-year deal to exclusively develop Star Wars games that started in 2013.
Those first five years brought just two games, “Star Wars Battlefront” and “Star Wars Battlefront 2.” Both games I’ve really enjoyed but both were severely flawed at launch.
But EA has spent the past two-plus years turning “Battlefront 2” into the fantastic game I was always hoping it to be, and last year’s release of “Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order” became my favorite Star Wars game ever.
So I’m excited to see what EA does with Star Wars next, and if recent rumors end up being true, then EA is working on a game I would be more excited for than any other game possible.
Prior to “Jedi: Fallen Order” last year, my favorite Star Wars game — one of my top three games of all time — was 2003’s “Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic.”
I bought an original Xbox in 2003 mainly so I could play this game, and it was totally worth it. It tells an original story set about 4,000 years before the Skywalker Saga, and follows a group of heroes trying to prevent Darth Malak from destroying the Republic.
For years, it was my favorite game of all time and up until last year’s “Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order,” it had the best story of any video game set in a galaxy far, far away. The game has a twist reveal that was just as impactful as finding out Darth Vader was Luke’s father.
According to a report last week on Cinelinx, EA is working on a new game in the Knights of the Old Republic series. First reports were that this new game would be a remake of the original game that would update the story to fit with the new Star Wars canon that’s been created by Disney since it bought the franchise in 2012, and basically said all games, books and comics released prior to that are nothing more than licensed fan fiction.
It was later reported that the new game would be a sequel to the two “Knights of the Old Republic” games that would bring elements of those games into the official Star Wars canon. That has already started to happen, with the visual dictionary for “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” bringing Darth Revan, a central character in the game series, into the canon.
Out of those two rumors, I would prefer a total remake to “Knights of the Old Republic” than something that would end being a pseudo-sequel that ignores some aspects of previous games but includes others. As much as I love the story in the original game, I think a new title has a better chance of telling a great, cohesive story that way.
The story on Cinelinx says that the remake/sequel to “KOTOR” is just one of several unannounced Star Wars games EA has in development right now. The article also mentions a sequel to “Jedi: Fallen Order“ being in the works; a video game tie-in to ”Project Luminous,“ which Disney announced last year as being a new series of books and comics that is now rumored to include a game and a motion picture; and ”something on the Switch.“ If you’ve been reading this column for a while, you know I’ve been waiting for a Star Wars game on the Nintendo Switch since the system launched almost three years ago.
If you want to try the original “KOTOR” for yourself, it’s playable on Xbox One, iOs and GOG.com. The graphics may be showing their age, but the story and gameplay are still as great as ever.
Dusty Ricketts is the editor of The Destin Log and The Walton Sun newspapers and can be reached at email@example.com. He is currently playing "Star Wars Battlefront 2" and “Friday the 13th: The Game.” You can find him to play online through his PlayStation Network ID: DustRAG316.