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Opinion Analysis Trailer GVMERS - The History of Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic


NeoGAFs Kent Brockman
Dec 1, 2014

During the early 2000s, Star Wars video games could be found in nearly every genre under the sun. Kart racers, flight simulators, real-time strategy games, and all manner of other titles burst out of LucasArts and its licensees at light speed, bombarding fans with exotic new ways to experience the world of George Lucas’s famed space western.

Some of these titles managed to carve out a place for themselves in players’s hearts. Others were forgotten by the wayside. Only a few, however, went on to stand the test of time as classics, and had a substantial influence on the industry as a whole. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic was one of these titles. The masterwork of Canadian developer Bioware, Knights of the Republic sent players on a role-playing themed journey into the space western’s distant past to uncover a dastardly conspiracy. Its wealth of intriguing characters and gameplay scenarios proved immediately popular with fans, as well as provided Star Wars loremasters with prime material to incorporate into future stories. Yet perhaps most importantly, its development enabled Bioware to hone its talent as a master storyteller, and become an industry rockstar.

A direct sequel helmed by Obsidian Entertainment would see release a short while later, as would an MMO from Bioware set three hundred years after the sequel’s events. The former came out less-than-ideal due to the rushed timeline in which it was crafted, while the latter – for better and for worse – offered a very different experience than either title before it. But in the end, these grievances would do little to dampen its popularity or legitimacy within the Star Wars universe – even after its events were declared non-canon.

This is the history of Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic.

Ein Bear

Mar 10, 2011
I still think it's absolutely insane that we never got a KOTOR 3.

Two huge selling, critically acclaimed games, tied to a solid gold IP and with a cliffhanger ending. And then nothing.

...Yes I know that crap MMO technically carried on the story, but it doesn't count.
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Mar 5, 2014
Can't wait for Star Wars games to be great again. JFO and Squadrons were a great start, but won't be heralded as perennial classics. Big scale RPG time!


Feb 19, 2018
Hot take; the grimy and dull world design and pace kinda destroys the game. I get many levels are meant to be purposely gritty but it's long stretches of dullness .

It's a shame because I love SW legends stuff and I enjoy the game otherwise for its RPG systems .

Would love a Kotor 3 but honestly SWTOR is that and more I suppose. It would be nice if we could get a game that isn't hung onto the edge of the "Skywalker saga"
Apr 27, 2018
East USA
I mean, do you trust modern-day EA and Bioware enough to deliver on a hypothetical KoTOR 3 that doesn't make you wanna swallow cyanide?
Do we really expect Disney not to allow EA to renew the contract? If EA had to they could have some other competent studio do it, and they have Respawn.


Jun 17, 2011
Great mini-doc, I'd like to have more details about the internal politics that killed KoToR 3, but overall very informative.