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A teaser trailer for the rumored and highly-anticipated remake of Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic remake was shown in the recent Playstation Showcase.
Before anyone hoping for it to become part of canon gets too excited, StarWars.com addresses that swiftly in the beginning of their piece by saying “KOTOR, which is part of Legends storytelling, dials the Star Wars clock back to over 4,000 years before the Skywalker saga.”
The trailer didn’t show gameplay, just a short cinematic in which you hear the voice of Bastila Shan (voiced by Jennifer Hale, the character’s original voice actor) talking about the Sith, as Darth Revan steps forward from the smokey shadows. Check it out!
The trailer states that the game was remastered for PS5, but it is unclear if the game will remain exclusive to that console or not. An update on the PlayStation Blog states that the game will be a console exclusive “at launch”, but it is unclear if it will be permanent or a timed exclusive, releasing on Xbox and PC a year later. The exclusivity is a huge win for PlayStation; the original game was published on Xbox and PC, and was never released for Playstation, so this is a remarkable turn of events for PlayStation gamers.
A remake of Knights of the Old Republic has been heavily rumored for years now, to the point where it wasn’t clear which developer would even be working on it, so it is satisfying to finally see it announced, even if it is only a brief CGI trailer. Another rumor claims that the remake will be modernizing the gameplay to turn it into an action RPG; the original game was a hybrid between turn-based and real-time RPG. A release date has still not been announced, though it seems likely that the remake will arrive next year.
It is unclear if the events of the game will be made canon at some point, now that the remaster is coming. The story is set 4,000 years before the Skywalker Saga, in a time where the Republic was at war with a great Sith army, led by Darth Revan and Darth Malak. StarWars.com makes it clear the story is still a part of Legends storytelling and not a part of new canon.
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