Update April 11, 2017: After yesterday's report that BioWare Austin were prototyping a new KotOR game, Liam Robertson has downplayed some of his comments a little.
As I said at the end of yesterday's post, prototypes often never get past the prototype stage, and this may well be the case for the KotOR project. However, Robertson is confident BioWare are making something Star Wars regardless.
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Kotaku's Jason Schreier agrees that KotOR was being prototyped, but "it hasn't been greenlit and is not currently in development." Instead, he says BioWare are focused on new IP.
"Let me clarify that I don’t think KotOR’s a current project," added Robertson. "From the same people I learned about [rumoured new IP] Dylan from, I did hear that they prototyped a KotOR revival at Austin a while back.
"I believe it may have evolved into something else since then or fizzled out since then. I’m still confident Austin is doing something Star Wars-related though and I’m confident in that."
Original Story April 10, 2017: There’s a new Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic in the works, according to a prominent industry leaker. Whether it’s entirely new or some kind of remaster of the original is up for debate, but BioWare have apparently been prototyping it for a while.
The news was reported via Liam Robertson’s excellent Patreon page, in which he uncovers details on abandoned and upcoming videogames.
In a Patreon exclusive podcast, via NeoGAF, Robertson reveals that BioWare Austin are now focused on creating Star Wars games.
“I’ve learned now that [BioWare Austin is] pretty much now exclusively working on Star Wars games and they’re going to be doing that for the indefinite future,” he said. “What they’re currently working on right now - and I have this on good authority - is a sort of remake/revival of Knights of the Old Republic.”
However, the state of the game isn’t known. It’s unclear if the scope has expanded or not.
“I don’t know when this is set to come out, but it has been in development for a little while now,” he explained. “I don’t really know how that game’ll end up. I’ve heard that it isn’t exactly a remake anymore, but it started as a remake/revival. Now it’s kind of going from that blueprint in sort of its own original thing. I guess we’ll see what that turns out to be, but they are prototyping it right now.”
Robertson has previous on leaks like this. He was the first to break the news of Scalebound’s cancellation, for example.
Bad news. I'm hearing that @Scalebound is in trouble, possibly cancelled. Just rumours for now, but we'll see.— Liam Robertson (@Doctor_Cupcakes) January 9, 2017
Elsewhere, Robertson also broke the news of Middle-earth: Shadow of War's announcement before anywhere else.
Posted this on my Patreon about a month ago and now it's starting to leak. Shadow of War is coming this year! pic.twitter.com/VcRw1AzE6n— Liam Robertson (@Doctor_Cupcakes) February 26, 2017
In other words, I’d be inclined to believe the guy. Still, these rumours are unconfirmed, so try to contain your excitement a bit. Not only that, but many games never make it past the prototyping stage, as Robertson’s series on cancelled games can attest to.