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Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic Remake Sounds a Long Way Away

The troubled Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic remake is still a long way away, the boss of Embracer has suggested.

As part of the the announcement that KOTOR remake developer Saber Interactive had split from Embracer in a deal worth up to $500 million, Embracer said it was still publishing a number of Saber games, including “a previously announced AAA game based on a major license.” This is assumed to be the KOTOR remake.

Then, during a financial call following the announcement, controversial Embracer boss Lars Wingefors was asked if this ‘previously announced AAA game based on a major license’ would launch within the next 12 months. As reported by VGC, Wingefors’ response suggested it’s at least a year away. “No, I think that kind of game needs some deep love and respect, so without giving full color, I think it’s some time left until that is released.

That’s all Wingefors would say, even when pressed on the game, leaving lingering questions about which company is in charge of the KOTOR remake: Embracer or Saber. A tweet from Saber chief creative officer Tim Willits failed to clear things up. He confirmed Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine 2, John Carpenter’s Toxic Commando, and Jurassic Park: Survival are all still in development at Saber, but there was no mention of the KOTOR remake.

In December, Disney’s head of gaming, Sean Shoptaw, insisted “there's still a lot of demand for” KOTOR. “I’ll leave it there,” he concluded. Amid continued silence from Embracer about the status of the KOTOR remake, developer Saber was, as of November, reportedly still soldiering on with the project in some capacity.

The KOTOR Remake was thought dead after Embracer had Saber take over following significant trouble at original developer Aspyr. Bloomberg reporter and reputable insider Jason Schreier posted on X/Twitter to say Saber was still working on the game, although question marks remain over whether it will ever actually come out, and if it does, what sort of game it will be.

Embracer Group’s financial struggles began following the collapse of a $2 billion deal, reportedly with Saudi government funded company Savvy Games Group. The Swedish firm has since come under fire for mass layoffs, including the closure of long-running Saints Row maker Volition.

Wesley is the UK News Editor for IGN. Find him on Twitter at @wyp100. You can reach Wesley at wesley_yinpoole@ign.com or confidentially at wyp100@proton.me.

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