Failed Star Wars: KOTOR Remake Pitch Revealed By Bioware Co-Founder

It appears that BioWare co-founder Trent Oster pitched a remake of Star Wars: Knights Of The Old Republic to be made at his new development studio, Beamdog. Fans have been asking for an updated version of the beloved Star Wars RPG for quite some time, and their wish was finally granted during this month’s PlayStation Showcase livestream. Among the many exciting announcements during this blockbuster event was a brief teaser trailer for Star Wars: Knights Of The Old Republic Remake, featuring Darth Revan igniting his lightsaber amid a veil of darkness.

However, the developer behind the original Star Wars: Knights Of The Old Republic won’t be returning for the upcoming remake. Instead, Aspyr - who famously ported the original KOTOR to mobile phones as well as handled the PC ports of games like Star Wars: The Force Unleashed and the latter two Jedi Knight titles - will take up development duties for this new version of the 2003 classic that explored the Star Wars universe almost 4,000 years before the events of the nine-part Skywalker Saga. EA seemingly confirmed that BioWare would not be involved in the KOTOR remake in a confusing social media post shortly after the project was first announced, but it looks like a BioWare veteran had his own plans to modernize it before KOTOR Remake came to pass.

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According to GamesRadar, BioWare co-founder Trent Oster congratulated the team at Aspyr following the PlayStation Showcase announcement on Twitter and revealed that he and his team at Beamdog games had their own pitch for a Star Wars: Knights Of The Old Republic remake. Titled “Star Wars: Knights Of The Old Republic (The Reforged Collection)," this remake concept was apparently pitched to EA before the reveal of Aspyr’s remake, but was ultimately rejected. Not much else was revealed about KOTOR (The Reforged Collection), but Oster’s posts mention it featuring updated HD visuals, and the name “Collection” seems to imply that the 2004 sequel KOTOR II: The Sith Lords would be remade as well.

Trent Oster didn’t work on the original Star Wars: Knights Of The Old Republic, but he was a founding member of BioWare and was the director behind the studio’s Neverwinter Nights and two of its expansions before departing in 2009. Since then, he formed Beamdog alongside former BioWare lead programmer Cameron Tofer, and the pair have developed remastered versions of Neverwinter Nights, Planescape: Torment, the first two Baldur’s Gate games, and MDK2.

While it would have been interesting to see what Trent Oster and his team at Beamdog would have brought to Star Wars: Knights Of The Old Republic (The Reforged Collection), Oster doesn’t seem to carry any hard feelings toward Aspyr and wishes the best of luck to the studio as it sets out to recapture the excitement players felt when they stepped into the world of KOTOR for the first time back in 2003. Fans will get to see if Aspyr succeeds in that goal when Star Wars: Knights Of The Old Republic Remake finally launches as an initial PlayStation 5 exclusive at some currently unspecified point in the future.

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Source: GamesRadar, Trent Oster/Twitter



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