Fan Made ‘Knights of the Old Republic’ Game Being Developed

By February 15, 2016
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Now more than ever, the world is demanding more and more new Star Wars related content to digest after the success of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens has created an even stronger need for it. That need is currently being filled by a handful of cell phone games, some handy downloadable retro titles, and of course the much maligned DICE developed Star Wars Battlefront. Fans are clamoring for a complete story filled Star Wars game though, and they may be getting that from a group of fellow fans (story courtesy of Kotaku), who plan to remake Bioware’s Knights of the Old Republic.

The project titled Apeiron is being developed by Poem studios, who according to their site, has a pretty dedicated group working on the project (…

“We are a group of dedicated programmers, artists, voice actors, world builders, and writers that have all come together to breathe life back into a wonderful game. The core creators are an indie gaming group called Poem Studios, but the project will grow as needed.”

The remake of the classic RPG at least from the stills looks great. Now, with that being said. I want to see a playable demo before I make any judgements on it, but from what I see so far the game looks fantastic. Just check out the side by side comparisons to the 2003 original and some of the amazing screen shots from the remake:

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I know what you are thinking. Could making this game be illegal? According to Poem, there is nothing to worry about:

“Can you make a Star Wars game? Remakes of games have been around since the 80′s and some have become very sucessful. Games like Black Mesa did it with Half Life and Renegade X rebuilt Command and Conquer in the Unreal Engine 3.”

This is where I hate to start bursting bubbles but Half Life and Command and Conquer are not worldwide brands like Star Wars is. Disney didn’t spend four billion dollars to purchase all the Lucas properties to have a solo indie studio steal their thunder. I’m not saying they won’t get behind this project, but realistically LucasArts already licensed out a Star Wars RPG to Visceral.  So double-dipping doesn’t make a whole lot of sense here.

There were also, some very loose rumors last year that had LucasArts licensing partners already working on a remake (cinelix). There is already an update for Knights of the Old Republic II on steam as well. There are already re-released titles out in the ether right now, such as Super Star Wars, Star Wars: Racer Revenge, Star Wars: Jedi Starfighter and even Star Wars: Bounty Hunter. The point I’m getting at is that the Lucas folks have the retro thing locked down as well as having some future projects already in the pike. This all reduces the chances of them backing this remake.

One thing we must all remember as well is the importance of canon. That is so integral to Lucasfilm and Disney. Hell canon is so important, DICE isn’t making any additions to the Star Wars canon with Battlefront. So backing a full-fledged game that falls into the realm of Star Wars LEGENDS (i.e. non-canon) seems really out there to me. I’m not saying this isn’t cool and won’t be super awesome – I just don’t see Disney doing backflips over someone else taking their 4 billion dollar licensing opportunity out for a test drive. I could be completely wrong though. They may jump for joy over fans doing a great tribute to their property. Stranger things have happened.

So Nation, what do think? Is Apeiron going to be an awesome fan made remake? Or is it a pipe dream? Sound off below and stay locked to GeekNation for all your gaming news.

Cory Naught
Cory Naught is a writer, producer, radio talent, and and all around super geek. Originally from a small town called Phoenix, Oregon he is amazed by things like stop lights and escalators. Kidding. A huge tech guy, movie fan and gamer to boot. Find him at Tweet @corynaught