Sony Publishing and Collaborating on Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic Remake for PS5

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Will Knights of the Old Republic remake be on Xbox?

Knights Of The Old Republic remake Xbox The Knights of the Old Republic Remake will likely release on Xbox, despite the fact that it is a PS5 console exclusive at launch. theloadout.comIs the Knights of the Old Republic Remake coming to Xbox?

The clue was in the trailer, but Sony has its blue fingers all over Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic Remake. While production is being led by a “newly created team composed of industry veterans at developer and publisher Aspyr”, the Japanese giant will publish the release on PlayStation 5 and is collaborating with the company on development.

“Nearly 20 years after its debut, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic remains one of the most highly requested remakes from the PlayStation community,” said PlayStation’s marketing bigwig Eric Lempel. “The time is finally right to bring this dream to life for both diehard fans and those who have yet to experience it.”

While it will release as a console exclusive – suggesting it’ll deploy elsewhere at a later date – this is the latest example of the Japanese giant money hatting projects that it believes will bring value to its console ecosystem. With Microsoft buying up Bethesda, and thus having a stranglehold on WRPGs, this particular release could prove a shrewd investment from the Japanese giant.

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And yet people will still moan that timed exclusivity is worse then a platform holder buying a major publisher to gatekeep long running franchises.

If they are assisting with development and fronting money as publisher, I wouldn’t exactly call it “moneyhatting”, that’s when a company literally just buys up rights without putting anything in.

Yeah this is definitely the right move for Sony. It's a shame they couldn't bag it as exclusive...but if they can have it 12 months then it's a decent card to play against all the big wrpgs Microsoft now have in their back pocket. God knows how far away this game is though...

Makes sense when Xbox is going to be the home of Bethesda's and Obsidian's western RPG's, a shrewd investment indeed

It's makes me laugh when xbox die hards moan and moan about how Sony deals in timed exclusivity even though those games will still come to xbox at some point, yet its ok when Microsoft buy a huge third party developer locking their games to xbox.

Salty is the word I'd use, and the jealousy will never disappear

@AdamNovice Those people are insane. I've still seen more of a backlash to Spider-Man being console exclusive in Marvel's Avengers than anything like that.

@thefourfoldroot That's fair.

@UltimateOtaku91 Whilst you are correct that some (not the majority, by far) of the Xbox community will be and act as you describe in your comment, the exact same can be said of PlayStation gamers when Microsoft do something similar. Indeed, some might even describe your comment as being 'salty'...

Right now is a great time to be a gamer, and that should be celebrated all round, whether you are team Blue or Green...

I've never played the game myself but opening the show with this (no that trash ad didn't happen) was a shrewd move, a lot of fans out there consider it a goat game. Hopefully they can deliver.

@get2sammyb In fairness to the Xbox community, their biggest gripe is twofold;

1. One of the biggest Marvel character is excluded from the game (it's not like he's a small character that most people don't even know exists (I mean, he's got a whole load of games dedicated to just him, and there aren't many characters that have that privilege or exposure).

And 2. Despite the fact that such a huge character has been removed from the game, and therefore a chunk of the game has been removed too, Xbox gamers are still expected to pay exactly the same for the game as PlayStation gamers, whilst getting less content.

It is no small matter for them, and it is one I can totally understand and appreciate. Were the situation reversed, I'm sure we would hear exactly the same complaints and criticism on here.

Absolute stormer to kick the showcase off.

Considering the original’s history as an Xbox exclusive, I was absolutely surprised that Sony’s fingers were on this one. I’d rather it would’ve been KOTOR 3, but a full on remake could be an exciting thing.

My guess is that it will come to PC later, which comes to no one's surprise considering that Sony is porting their games to PC. Not that I don't mind btw. Would love to see it come to other platforms but seeing it as a Playstation exclusive at launch no doubt caught me by surprise.

@SoulsBourne128 It’s a console launch exclusive. So PC as well.

I don't know why this game doesn't excite me. I mean, I enjoyed the original game.

Maybe because it's yet another remake.

But a timed exclusive Star Wars game is evil, anti-consumer and out of order because the original was on Xbox first. It's a real storm over there right now.

TBH there is no guarantee it's going to Xbox at all. Sure it's says 'timed exclusive' but that could just be between PS5 and later on PC since a day one PC launch hasn't been confirmed.

The wording leaves a lot to interpretation. 'Launch Console Exclusive' where console exclusive usually means 'One Console and a PC release' at some point.

And yet us PlayStation/PushSquare guys are the toxic ones apparently.

I'd say you're all toxic. I've browsed these sister sites long enough to see the opposite situations unfold. Oh well, that's business for ya. 😝🤷‍♂️ Just keep a decent gaming level PC around too and one's set no matter what's announced.

@get2sammyb maybe I’m insane but I think buying a studio or publisher that was struggling and facing downsizing, keeping them afloat and actually increase their budget, is a fair claim to exclusivity and that goes for all, Sony, Nintendo and Xbox.

When those deals happen, also, the consumer just knows without ambiguity where the game they want will be and won’t be.

Secret times exclusivity deals that don’t reveal the terms (unless the terms leak) and sometimes even get renewed (FF7R) are simply more frustrating to me.

I still understand the cases where the times exclusive is financed up front by a console maker, those games might had never existed at all.

I don’t like it, from any console maker, when they just buy up exclusivity deals at the last minute simply to keep things away from the competitor for Secret Number of Months.

I can imagine that XDev will support Aspyr for this Remake

@GADG3Tx87 did they already forget that the Indiana Jones Games is most likely also exclusive to Xbox lmao

Never played the original KotOR but it’s Star Wars so I’m definitely interested.

Can’t support the timed exclusivity though because as a Tomb Raider fan, I know how much that sucks. Although I guess these are slightly different circumstances - it being a random remake and not a sequel to a hugely successful reboot and generally beloved franchise.

@GADG3Tx87 If you actually take the time to read the comments regarding the Sony showcase on the Xbox site, they're not that dissimilar to the opinions expressed here on the topic of the showcase. It's no more or no less toxic than the opinions expressed on this site. If you go back and take a look at the comments expressed on this site regarding the Xbox E3 event, you will see numerous salty, and truthfully, unfair comments. It just seems to be what some (not most) people enjoy doing. They enjoy the fandom, regardless of how petty and immature it actually is. Personally, I cannot understand it; why do we even have this toxicity (such as it is) at all?

Project Eve was the only thing I saw and thought "Finally, this feels like Playstation!" But...it's multiplat.

GoW is of course anticipated. It doesn't actually look different from the first. More of the same is good, but it doesn't have a big wow factor like the first did. Looking forward do it, but tempered now.

Beyond that? KOTR remake I guess is nice, it was an amazing game. Might play it. "Timed exclusive" means I'll probably buy it cheap on PS after it launches on XB.

But PS now feels like the most mainstream product ever, loaded with Marvel everything, and at this point I won't touch that with a barge pole. I play games instead of watching movies to get away from that stuff. If PS is all about "whatever the biggest mainstream thing is" rather than creating it's own interesting worlds to visit, there's not much interesting about PS. I know the new IPs will come. Eventually. The question is will we be preordering PS6's by then?

@Tharsman Yeah, it's the secret timed exclusivity thing that bothers me. The last minute exclusivity buys, and the secrecy around if it's "timed exclusive or full exclusive". It feels very shady. People here are complaining "it's only timed and MS did worse buying studios" but the difference is outside the paranoid conspiracy delusions everyone knew that meant the games were directly funded and console exclusive, period. The weird "will it, won't it, it might, it might not" terms with secret exclusivity just get fatiguing. Matrick is the one that made the "timed exclusive" and industry thing, really, but it's Ryan that's embracing that original vision. Even Matrick revealed the exclusivity duration though, so PS players still knew when they got the game. PS isn't doing that for XB players. A paywall is a paywall, but a paywall with secret terms and conditions feels like extortion and spoils the milk.

We're all gamers yet so many are at each others throats, slating one side for the exact same thing the other does.

@IonMagi Actually, the rumour is that Raiders is multiplatform because the deals were struck before the Bethesda acquisition. I think you'll find the majority of Xbox gamers believe that to be the case, from what I've seen. If you think about it, Starfield has long been confirmed as an exclusive, but not Raiders. Why not? It could be a system seller of a game, so why not announce it as an exclusive? Likely as not, it's because the game is multi-platform. From what I've read, it seems that most of the guys on the Xbox forums just think it's multiplatform, and just accept that fact. If there's any salt it's likely because KOTOR was originally an Xbox exclusive, but again, most comments I've read believe the game will eventually arrive on the Xbox anyway, and they also understand that the remake is being handled by a completely different developer and with Sony's money. It's not really any different to the general acceptance on this site that Xbox got the better version of Psychonauts 2 because it was developed with Microsoft money. It just is what it is. There's more to life...

@Fiendish-Beaver theres no reason to think that Indiana Jones is Multiplat and most Xbox Fans on Twitter and everywhere also call it an exclusive lol. Wolverine is PS only and the IP is also only borrowed by Disney (like Indiana Jones since Lucasfilm belongs to them)

@IonMagi Fair enough! I only use Twitter to discus politics (and it's just a cesspit and an echo-chamber). Maybe there are a better quality of contributor here and on the sister site, and that those have a better intuition as to the likely platform(s) for Indiana. My point still stands, if it were exclusive, why not announce it as such? There are undoubtedly people that would turn Green to play the game. From Microsoft's point of view, people thinking the game is exclusive to Xbox, even if it's not, is perhaps better than announcing the game to be multiplatform and perhaps going Blue instead. The game is probably further into development than Wolverine, but Sony announced that game to excite their fanbase, and motivate people to buy PlayStation. I have no real insight, but my gut-feeling is that Indiana will turn out to be multiplatform.

Is it a console exclusive or a timed exclusive? 2 very different types of exclusive, former meaning be coming to PC as well but not to any other consoles like Xbox/switch, the later coming to multiple platforms after a fixed time.

@Fiendish-Beaver I mean they didnt show anything about the Game except one Picture on Twitter lol so Informations about it in general are very sparse. Playstation didnt acknowledge it /retweet it tho which speaks for it being only PC/Xbox

@Sunnyviji The only comment thus far is 'Launch Exclusive', so I guess that could mean only on the PS5 for a set period (one month to two years, and anything in between) then all platforms/or just to (be specified) platforms...

As much I like the notion of it being a console exclusive it feels odd to me, when I think KOTOR I think PC and Xbox, not PlayStation but again I am not complaining about the situation.

@Bleachedsmiles I disagree about it being a shame it's not exclusive. I'm all for certain franchises like Uncharted and Ratchet and Clank being kept exclusive (which Uncharted now apparently isn't), but Star Wars has fans across all platforms and has no association with Playstation. Yeah it's a good business move on Sony's part, but that doesn't mean it isn't scummy.

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Knights of the Old Republic Remake - Cinematic Reveal Teaser Trailer | PlayStation Showcase 2021

IGN 10 September, 2021 - 12:31pm

Bioware’s stupendous Star Wars RPG is getting a fresh coat of paint for PS5

The trailer, seen below, has the voice of Bastilla Shan who was one of the recruitable characters in the Bioware epic and shows off the key characters, Darth Revan.

The game looks like it's being remade by Aspyr, a company most well-known for Star Wars games like Star Wars: Episode I - Racer, Star Wars: Jedi Knight - Jedi Academy and Star Wars: Republic Commando, in conjunction with LucasFilm Games. The latter reformed from the ashes of LucasArts after its acquisition by Disney.  

Unfortunately, no release date was provided in the trailer – which likely means we'll be waiting awhile before the game arrives on our brand-new gaming hardware – but considering how long gamers have waited for this news, waiting a few months for more official news probably won't ruin the announcement. 

The games were not only rock-solid RPGs for the era but their connection to Star Wars lore felt incredibly tightknit and well-woven – making them perfect for both gamers and Star Wars fans. 

Fans have asked EA and Bioware for a Remake for ages, and it's nice to see that it's proceeding with help from Aspyr, Sony and LucasFilm Games.

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Star Wars Bits: Star Wars: Visions, LEGO Star Wars: Terrifying Tales, Knights Of The Old Republic, Hasbro's Star Wars Fan First Livestream, And More!

/Film 10 September, 2021 - 08:37am

In this edition of Star Wars Bits:

Disney+ released a gorgeous new poster for "Star Wars: Visions," the upcoming anime anthology series, featuring characters like Ronin from "The Duel," the imposing Am from "The Twins," and more. Check out the Japanese and English versions above.

Visions arrives September 22 on Disney+, with every episode streaming on launch day. Check out StarWars.com for a full list of the Japanese and English dub voice casts, including Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bobby Moynihan, Temuera Morrison, Neil Patrick Harris, Alison Brie, David Harbour, Henry Golding, Jamie Chung, Simu Liu, and more!

The anime studios creating the nine shorts include Kamikaze Douga – "The Duel"; Geno Studio (Twin Engine) – "Lop and Och?"; Studio Colorido (Twin Engine) – "Tatooine Rhapsody"; TRIGGER – "The Twins" and "The Elder"; Kinema Citrus – "The Village Bride"; Science Saru – "Akakiri" and "T0-B1"; and Production I.G. – "The Ninth Jedi."

Disney+ recently released a trailer for "LEGO Star Wars Terrifying Tales," a Halloween special that premieres October 1, 2021 exclusively on Disney+. Here's the synopsis:

The voice cast also includes Jake Green at Poe Dameron, Christian Slater as Ren, Matt Sloan as Darth Vader, Trevor Devall as Emperor Palpatine, Dana Snyder as Graballa the Hutt, Raphael Alejandro as Dean, and Mary Elizabeth McGlynn as NI-L8.

"Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic," the beloved 2003 roleplaying game, is being remade for modern consoles. During this week's PlayStation Showcase, it was revealed that the game will be coming to PlayStation 5 as a console exclusive at launch, with other platforms to be announced at a later date. Aspyr, who also remade Star Wars titles like "Republic Commando" and "Jedi Outcast" will be handling development of the remake. Check out the trailer above, which shows fan-favorite Darth Revan igniting his lightsaber with an ominous voiceover.

During Hasbro Pulse Fan First Wednesday, Hasbro revealed several upcoming Star Wars collectibles, including a STAR WARS: THE VINTAGE COLLECTION 3.75-INCH BIB FORTUNA Figure (seen above) as well as STAR WARS: RETRO COLLECTION 3.75-INCH STORMTROOPER PROTOTYPE EDITION Figure, inspired by the original '70s Kenner line.

This collectible STAR WARS: RETRO COLLECTION 3.75-INCH STORMTROOPER PROTOTYPE EDITION Figure makes a great gift for fans and collectors. Featuring original Kenner design and sculpt, this poseable figure with multi-colored prototype deco has a premium design with five points of articulation. Includes figure and accessory. Available exclusively at Target.

Perhaps the coolest thing revealed at Hasbro's event, however, was the STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES REY SKYWALKER FORCE FX ELITE LIGHTSABER!

To see even more reveals from the Hasbro Pulse Fan First Wednesday event, check out FanthaTracks.com.

Marvel's epic crossover event continues with "Darth Vader" #16, from writer Greg Pak and artist Raffaele Ienco, with a cover by Aaron Kuder. In StarWars.com's exclusive preview of the upcoming issue, the Sith Lord threatens to destroy Jabba the Hutt's carbonite trophy if Luke Skywalker refuses to answer his call. Meanwhile, in "Boushh" #1, from writer Alyssa Wong and artist David Baldeon, we meet the Ubese bounty hunter Boushh and his crew on an early adventure. Both issues arrive September 15 and are available for pre-order on Comixology. Check out StarWars.com for an exclusive preview of the upcoming issues.

Funko and Macy's, in collaboration with Lucasfilm, recently announced that Grogu from "The Mandalorian" will make his debut as a massive Funko Pop!-inspired balloon at the 2021 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Not only is he adorable but Grogu will also be making history as the first Star Wars-themed balloon ever at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Can you believe it!? The fact that we didn't get a 41-feet high, 29-feet long, and 37-feet wide Watto balloon after the release of "Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace" is, quite frankly, a crime. 

In addition, Funko has collaborated with Lucasfilm to develop a line of bobbleheads, deluxe bobbleheads, keychains, and apparel based on the balloon, alongside a limited-edition series of balloon-themed Pop! products available exclusively at Funko.com. For more information, check out StarWars.com.

Now in its 95th year, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade airs nationwide on NBC, Thursday, November 25, from 9 A.M. to noon in all time zones.

On This Week! in Star Wars, host Kristin Baver gives us the lowdown on all the latest news from that galaxy far, far away!

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