The PS5 has picked up another new exclusive but it’s not one Sony has made themselves but one they’ve paid Lucasfilm Games for.
A remake of Knights Of The Old Republic has been known about for a while now but it’s always been assumed it was a normal multiformat release, even though the original game was an Xbox exclusive. But it turns out the remake is a timed PlayStation 5 console exclusive.
The game was featured as part of the PlayStation Showcase on Thursday night, but it would be generous to suggest that the brief clip of Darth Revan counted as an actual trailer.
Despite the revelation it wasn’t revealed how long the exclusivity will last but it’s usually a year with these sort of deals, with a PC version coming out at the same time as the PlayStation 5 – since it’s not seen as a direct rival.
There was also no hint of a release date for the remake, with developer Aspyr admitting that it’s not that far into development. Aspyr was always a surprising choice for the remake, as they’ve never handled something this important before, but they’ve always been well respected for their Mac ports.
More recently, they’ve expanded into remasters of older games, including a number of Star Wars titles, but those usually change very little about the original game.
According to the PlayStation Blog, Aspyr is ‘rebuilding one of the greatest RPGs of all time for a new generation with modern tech, features, visuals and more, while maintaining the integrity of the story and characters that we’ve come to cherish.’
They also talk about assembling ‘the very best talent from across the industry’ to work on the game, including some who worked on the original version of the game – although no names are mentioned.
The original game is set four thousand years before the movies, a period that is no longer canon since Disney bought Lucasfilm.
The remake will re-legitimise the setting, which may involve some details being changed to fit in with more recent storylines.
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