Fans have been hearing a lot of rumors about a Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic remake lately. The classic RPG has a dedicated fanbase and has long been considered by many as the best Star Wars games ever made. A Knights of the Old Republic remake has already generated a lot of excitement without it even being an officially announced game. As such, fans should be careful to temper expectations about when, if ever, the game will release.
Remaking Knights of the Old Republic is an exciting idea for many fans. The classic RPG still resonates with fans, and a full remake could also bring in a new generation of fans. Reports and rumors about this happening seem credible, and are certainly numerous, but given how common delays even for confirmed titles have been over the past year and a half, it's doubtful that the game could even release anytime soon.
Without an official announcement, a KOTOR remake seems very far away. If the game is actually in development. an announcement may come at this year's E3. The newly digital event will feature many games, with publishers showing off new reveals and updates, but it's definitely possible that KOTOR doesn't make an appearance at E3 2021. The event is one of the biggest in the industry, especially for Western game companies. Fans will be hoping for an official reveal, but should stay realistic about its likely absence.
If the game is development, it's likely still in its early stages. A KOTOR remake will likely be trying to emulate what's made other remakes over the past several years. As such, it's plausible it will skip events like E3 for a while longer as the developer waits to feel confident about any content to reveal. The pressure on any studio making a KOTOR remake is likely well-known given the game's dedicated fanbase. Balancing remaining faithful to the original and implementing changes will be quite the tightrope for the game to walk.
COVID-19 has obviously had a huge impact on the development cycles of many games. Fans have been waiting very patiently for any update on games that are already announced like Elden Ring, let alone one that isn't even announced yet. A KOTOR remake would definitely not be immune to those factors on top of everything else. While some restrictions have begun to lift, the pandemic's impact has yet to really lessen on development times. An industry-wide factor like that is something fans should definitely keep in mind when thinking about the rumored KOTOR remake.
Obviously, many fans want the KOTOR remake, and it seems to be happening. The success of Jedi: Fallen Order likely affected the demand for a KOTOR remake. A ground-up remake of one of Star Wars's most popular stories would likely be a commercial success and has the potential to one critically as well. However, given the ethereal nature of whether the game is in development and the different factors that have impacted the industry at large, fans need to temper their expectations about when they might receive a remake of Knights of the Old Republic.
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