Knights of the Old Republic 3 Rumors Explained
Star Wars fans don’t often stick only to the movies. A lot of us watch the TV shows, check out the books, and play the games. One of the most iconic and influential games in the Star Wars universe is Knights of the Old Republic. BioWare’s first game in the series offered an incredible RPG experience. Obsidian’s KOTOR 2 further explored the lore central to this era of the Star Wars universe. Ever since the first two games, fans desired a third. New Knights of the Old Republic 3 rumors seem to speculate that a game is in the works. The only catch? EA and BioWare aren’t attached to make it. Furthermore, we have no clue when the game is on the way.
Knights of the Old Republic 3 Rumors – Is KOTOR 3 in Development?
Image Credit: LucasArts/EA
VGC first ignited the latest batch of Knights of the Old Republic 3 rumors by announcing a new game is in development. The real headline in their report was that the game is in development “outside of EA.” After the announcement of LucasFilm Games a few weeks ago, fans knew anyone could work on Star Wars games. Hell, an Indiana Jones game from Bethesda was announced that same week. Likewise, Ubisoft is working on a Star Wars game of their own, on top of Respawn’s Jedi Fallen Order 2.
Jason Schreier further spawned the rumor mill with a simple statement regarding KOTOR 3‘s developer. On ResetERA back in December, Schreier wrote “Nobody’s going to guess right that’s for sure.” So who is actually working on this new Knights of the Old Republic game? If we couldn’t guess, then that leaves out Ubisoft. Likewise, Obsidian worked on the second game, so if we “couldn’t guess” the developer for the third entry, it’s likely not them either.
Wushu Studio’s Nate Najda also joined in on the conversation via ResetERA. He added “It’s not as mysterious as you think. It’s just not a household name most people are aware of.” Without much flexibility to speculate, let’s at least talk about who could fit the bill.
What Developer Makes Sense for KOTOR 3?
My money would have been on Obsidian if I was being honest. Without this seeming likely given insider commentaries, here’s what we know we need from the new game. The series is a third-person RPG with a deep progression system. That’s probably not going to change. An expanded array of dialogue trees are also likely involved. There are a lot of modern RPGs that feature this sort of gameplay element. There’s not denying that any modern KOTOR game would need to incorporate this in a modern way.
While they’re not necessarily a developer known for this same type of RPG, there is one developer that could fit. Inxile, the developer of the Wasteland series, is working on a new AAA RPG, according to a Windows Central report last year. The crazy thing about this would be the prospect of exclusivity. Overall, the game could release on PS5, Xbox Series X/S, and PC. Here’s the thing: Inxile is an Xbox Game Studios property. If they wanted to, then Microsoft could release this as an Xbox/PC exclusive.
There’s no clear path forward for this game. We could be waiting years before we even see an official announcement for this game. Overall, fans want more from this era. There’s plenty of room to explore The High Republic as well. We likely wouldn’t see a game from this era until the world is fleshed out a bit more. If you’re excited for the new KOTOR game, then be sure to keep up with Comic Years. We’re just as anxious as you, and we’ll cover all news and updates surrounding the return of this series.
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Taylor is the Gaming Editor of Comic Years and a lifelong fan of video games. He holds two degrees in Political Communication and wrote a Master's Thesis on resistance movements, race, and the exploitation of college athletes. His wife and two Toy Australian Sheppards keep him sane.