In an interview with MTV News, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy said that there is possibly something kind of sort of related to Knights of the Old Republic in development. Maybe.
“You know, we talk about that all the time,” Kennedy said in regards to the KOTOR franchise. “Yes, we are developing something to look at. Right now I have no idea where things might fall, but we have to be careful that there is a cadence to Star Wars that doesn’t start to feel like too much.”
Kennedy’s statement is understandably vague but intriguing nonetheless. The phrase “something to look at” is the crux of the entire statement, which is kind of sad when you consider that it can easily be taken to mean looking at developing a project rather than developing something that the general public is going to get to see. It could very well mean the latter, but Disney’s recent statement regarding slowing down the production of all Star Wars film projects leads us to believe that might not be the case.
So what is Kennedy talking about? The most popular theory is that it somehow relates to that Star Wars project that the Game of Thrones showrunners are working on. We’ve heard for years that the duo is interested in doing something that takes place during that timeframe. There were also rumors that Rian Johnson’s new trilogy was set during that period, but the director shut that hearsay down.
The sad news for gamers is that there’s a slightly greater than 0% chance this has anything to do with a new Knights of the Old Republic game. BioWare reportedly tried to pitch a new KotOR game several times and saw all of its attempts shot down by Electronic Arts. Obsidian had plans in place for KotOR 3, and it too was denied the right to make it. It’s possible someone will get to make a new KOTOR game at some point, but it seems more likely that the ongoing MMO The Old Republic is as close as we’ll get.
In any case, we’d be thrilled to see a new KotOR project in some form.
Matthew Byrd is a staff writer for Den of Geek. He spends most of his days trying to pitch deep-dive analytical pieces about Killer Klowns From Outer Space to an increasingly perturbed series of editors. You can read more of his work here or find him on Twitter at @SilverTuna014.