Star Wars: Knights Of The Old Republic 3 Reportedly On The Way
Darth Revan could be waiting in the wings, thanks to new rumours from the galaxy far, far away. Insiders claim that the Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic franchise is preparing to swoosh its lightsaber once again and dominate the ever-expanding world of Star Wars video games.
For many, BioWare and Obsidian's two Knights of the Old Republic games are the pinnacle of how George Lucas' world of Wookiees and Wampas should be handled. Well, at least until Respawn Entertainment came along with Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. Could the long-forgotten plans for Knights of the Old Republic 3 finally be coming to life?
What's Going On With Knights Of The Old Republic?
According to Bespin Bulletin, another mainline KOTOR game is making rumblings in the Force. The Star Wars outlet is a trusted source on all things related to the movies, shows, and games, so we might not need to take this with quite such a massive pinch of salt.
During a podcast, the noted leaker claimed a new entry in the subseries is on the way, however, it's being developed "outside of EA." Back in the day, Electronic Arts had a Vader-inspired chokehold on the IP. That all changed when the rights expired, and although EA has vowed to keep making Star Wars games, we have the likes of Ubisoft's much-hyped open-world adventure.
Discussing journalist Jason Schreier's previous mentions that "nobody's going to guess" which studio is working on the game, Bespin Bulletin added, "I talked to a couple of people and I also found out that Jason Schreier said that it’s not with EA and we’ll 'never guess' who the studio is that's making this game." This comes after leaker Nate Najda said, "It’s not as mysterious as you think. It's just not a household name that most people are aware of."
What Else Is Going On With Knights Of The Old Republic?
Back in the day, there were plans for an official KOTR 3. Around 2003, BioWare has been working on the game, with Designer John Stafford confirming the team "wrote a story, designed most of the environments/worlds, and many of the quests, characters, and items." The 2008 book Rogue Leaders: The Story of LucasArts also showed off concept art for a Mandalorian city and a new character called Naresha.
LucasArts cuts in 2004 led to the project being canned, and much like the famed Star Wars: 1313, Knights of the Old Republic 3 has seemingly been lost to the ages. As it stands, the last real entry to the franchise is Star Wars: The Old Republic MMORPG - which is still going strong in 2022.
An announcement for Knights of the Old Republic 3 would be well-timed to match Aspyr's upcoming remake for the OG game. As well as being built from the ground up, the remake has secured several of the original BioWare developers and even Jennifer Hale reprising her role as Bastila. It's hopefully the jumping-off point for something more.
Whatever is going on with Knights of the Old Republic, this year's annual Star Wars Celebration on May 4 could be one to watch. As well as an update on Ubisoft's mysterious game, it would be great to get a concrete release date for the remake. Star Wars is branching out at an exponential rate, and if Knights of the Old Republic is going to be absorbed into the mainline canon, a third game might not be the end of the story.