Concerns regarding the upcoming Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic remake are going through online communities. The PlayStation 5 remake may be cancelled, but this is strictly conjecture without any official wording from Embracer or PlayStation.
As it stands, the remake, which was announced back in 2021, is currently in development at Aspyr Media. However, there have been no updates regarding the project since its initial reveal, only a potential delay. At the time, it was revealed that a demo was shown to LucasArts Games and was positively received by executives.
The week after presenting the demo, Aspyr fired design director Brad Prince and art director Jason Minor. A source familiar with the project says that the vertical slice wasn’t where it needed to be and that a “disproportionate amount of time and money” was invested into the project, with its current course being unsustainable. Sources familiar with the subject reveal that the initial goal was to ship at the end of 2022, only for the timeline to slip to somewhere in 2025.
Users on Reddit noticed that Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic remake trailers have been made private on YouTube or pulled entirely. Navigating the PlayStation Blog and searching for the post from Ryan Treadwell, Lead Producer, Aspyr Media, we see the main trailer is private from the official PlayStation YouTube account.
Tweets from PlayStation have also been deleted, with only a cached version available. Of course, this could all be a major mix-up and the video could quickly be restored.
Embracer Group has laid off developers at several studios recently, with employees at Beamdog and Crystal Dynamics being let go; meanwhile, Volition was shuttered after three decades in August.
“Ultimately we are making decisions to either restructure or downsize some teams, and there will be a few cases of closures. It’s difficult and it takes time, but we announced this in June and now we’re at the end of September and we’re confident to deliver on the targets we set out for the end of the fiscal year,” Embracer CEO Lars Wingefors said at an annual company meeting.
A failed business deal from this past August cost Embracer Group $2 billion from the Saudi-backed Savvy Games Group. This deal had major implications for both groups, and we’ve only begun to see the effects of the failed partnership.