Saturday, August 3, 2013

The Old Republic That Never Was

Players could have walked in the Jedi Exile's shoes again in KotOR 3.

Yahoo spotted and Eurogamer conducted an interview with Chris Avellone, the Creative Director and co-owner of Obsidian Entertainment, the studio responsible for the Knights of the Old Republic games.

Avellone says some interesting things:

"When we were plotting out the idea of doing the third game we just thought it would be cool if we were foreshadowing what Revan was really doing in Knights of the Old Republic 1, and what he was preparing for in Knights of the Old Republic 2, and then bring it to a close, the end of the trilogy, but we didn't get a chance to do that."

"I always liked the idea that Revan, as smart and powerful as your player-character was, was actually even more of a brilliant strategist than became apparent in the first game..."

And then there are the details, from Eurogamer:

"That third game would cast you as "the Exile" and allow you to track Revan's path. "Whether you encounter him or not...The idea was that even before the 'modern day' Sith came into being in The Old Republic ... there were even more distant Sith Lords that were considered the true Sith, and the idea that they were still lurking out there in the galaxy waiting for a chance to strike."

" Knights of the Old Republic 3 would still involve the Ebon Hawk ship, your base and your home, and you'd have "a few" of the companions from the other KOTOR games. "You definitely have T3-M4 and HK-47 with you," Avellone says, and at one point HK-47, its legs dismantled, would "ride around in your backpack like C-3PO does with Chewbacca in Empire Strikes Back". "So during one of the sequences in the game," Avellone expands, "you'd actually have HK-47 firing behind you and being your cover support while you're carrying him around on your back and getting to a repair station."


LucasArts never greenlit KotOR 3, and Avellone isn't sure why. "To be honest I don't know all the reasons that went into this, whether they wanted to have an internal team do it, whether they logistics didn't work out..." Avellone said.

Obsidian is licensed to work on Star Wars for Disney, but it's still not certain whether anything in the KotOR line will come out of that partnership.

1 comment:

  1. Oh damn, if only they had actually made KotOR III instead of TOR (I still think TOR would have been better as a single-player RPG). Can you imagine how many people would die of happiness if the Exile and Revan's story was continued? AHHH ;n;