It now looks as if a third Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic game may not be the imminent reality many had hoped for.
Rumours that BioWare was working on a new instalment in its popular RPG series kicked off when Liam Robertson of the Unseen64 podcast recently claimed that: 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.
I don't know when this is set to come out, but it has been in development for a little while now.”
However, Kotaku followed up with a report claiming that the information is outdated. It says that BioWare did play about with a new KOTOR prototype, but the project was never greenlit. Instead, BioWare is supposedly working on a new IP that's due to be announced at E3. It's described as Destiny-ish”.
Indeed, when Kotaku contacted Robertson he immediately downplayed his claims.
Going to hold my hands up here - I think I just misheard some of the Austin stuff when I was talking on Skype, so I may have misspoke there,” he confessed.
There's also the element that I had no notes in front of me and just sort of rambled on from memory. I did not expect these few select statements to blow up (oops). My bad there.
Let me clarify that I don't think KOTOR's a current project. I'm still confident Austin is doing something Star Wars related though and I'm confident in that.”
Knights of the Old Republic was first released way back in 2003. A sequel developed by Obsidian followed a year later. In 2011 BioWare released its similarly titles Star Wars: The Old Republic MMO.