Earlier this year, a report said the Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic remake was “in serious trouble.” So many problems, in fact the remake was said to be “postponed indefinitely”.
Following on from this, Embracer – parent company of developer Aspyr – has revealed that one of its AAA projects has moved to another studio within the group.
Although what project this is was not mentioned in the company’s interim report for the first quarter, but informed speculation indicates that this is the troubled KOTOR remake.
Embracer states that the reason for his decision to move this undisclosed game to a new studio is to ensure that “the quality bar is where we need it for the title.”
It further states that the company “expects no material delays for the title based on this transition”, a contrast to the previous report if this game indeed turns out to be the remake of Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic.
In May of this year, Embracer board members announced that Saber Interactive, the developer of Evil Dead: The Game and Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine 2, had joined forces with Aspyr to help with the Star Wars project.
At the time, Embracer stated that the game was a “huge product” and that it knew Aspyr would need help with that.
“Aspyr has gone out of their way to make this the best game they can make. When we bought Aspyr, we knew from the start that they would need our help. [and] Saber has tremendous expertise in making these types of products,” said Embracer.
“We’re confident that the game is going to be great, but it’s a huge, huge product and huge products take a lot of effort and a lot of time to make up for. And especially when you’re talking about a game that’s already old – very old – we actually had to make that game from scratch,” the company continued, before assuring us that we’d hear more about the game “in the coming months”.
Elsewhere in Embracer’s Q1 report, the company stated that it currently has 25 AAA games in development and that “will be released until fiscal year 2025/26.”
Much of this we already know, with the Saints Row reboot being one of the more imminent releases on the company’s horizon.
Meanwhile, Embracer has said it will have “multiple” announcements at Gamescom, so we should be hearing more about some of these projects then.
However, what we may not hear about here is something based on Lord of the Rings. That said, thanks to Embracer’s recent announcement that it is going to buy Middle-earth Enterprises, which will give the Swedish conglomerate the rights to JRR Tolkien’s works, more Middle Earth escapades are sure to be on the agenda.
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