A group of programmers called Poem Studios is remaking the classic 2003 RPG Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic using the Unreal 4 engine. In conjunction with enthusiasts of the game, the team hope to remake and remaster the game, while adding content such as new missions, planets and more. Poem argues that the game is legal due to the precedent set by games like Black Mesa and the remake of Command and Conquer by Renegade X using Unreal 3. So far they have not run into problems with EA and Disney, the respective parent companies of Lucas Arts and Bioware, so maybe they are right. Either way, the group are not accepting donations at this time, and stress that all you will need to play the game will be a legally obtained copy of the original game (they seem to be using much of the original audio and score).
The project, named Apeiron, can bee seen in development on Twitch, but you should also check out their website which has a collection of alpha screenshots and answers some of the questions you may have about the ‘reboot’. While it would be nice to email the developers for comment, I have a feeling they may be a little swamped today.
— Apeiron Game (@apeiron_kotor) February 16, 2016
If you are as much of a Star Wars nerd as I am, this will get your super excited. The community has petitioned EA relentlessly to pursue another KOTOR title, and this news goes a long way to assuaging some of the cravings.
In related news, Bioware is on the hunt for new staff to work on an as of yet unannounced IP. Only time will tell if it is another Star Wars RPG or something entirely new.
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