The Video Game Odyssey: That’s No Moon, It’s a Star Wars RPG Sequel!

 KOTOR 2 followed a Jedi known only as “The Exile.”  An amnesiac who sets forth on a journey to recover their memories of their past and face down the Sith hunting him/her down. Courtesy Google Images

KOTOR 2 followed a Jedi known only as “The Exile.” An amnesiac who sets forth on a journey to recover their memories of their past and face down the Sith hunting him/her down. Courtesy Google Images

Word has crept up in a recent IGN article about a possible Star Wars RPG being pitched by Obsidian Entertainment studios to LucasArts. According to the original RockPaperShotgun article, Obsidian CEO Feargus Urquhart was lobbying to create a new Star Wars RPG that would take place sometime between Episode III and Episode IV. Players would play during the era where the last remnants of Jedi were being hunted down across the galaxy, while the Emperor worked to secure his new empire. Urquhart had reportedly added that Obsidian writer and designer Chris Avellone has written up an intriguing story for the game already, which was received with great interest by LucasArts.

Now for those who don’t know, Obsidian is one of the studios behind the critically-acclaimed Knights of the Old Republic (KOTOR) series, specifically KOTOR 2: The Sith Lords. Not to be confused with the MMO, Star Wars: The Old Republic (SW: TOR), the KOTOR games were masterful RPGs with great characters and equally engaging stories. As fun as the MMO was, it just didn’t hit that same sweet spot as well as the older titles that it was based upon.

KOTOR 2’s gameplay was a pleasing mix of RPG and action elements. Players could arrange a party of able companions to fight alongside them and eventually, train some of them to become Jedi as well. Courtesy Google Images

KOTOR 2’s gameplay was a pleasing mix of RPG and action elements. Players could arrange a party of able companions to fight alongside them and eventually, train some of them to become Jedi as well. Courtesy Google Images

However, this pitch was made before Disney acquired LucasArts along with the rest of Star Wars. Regardless, Urquhart said he would continue to pitch the idea to the new management in charge of the Star Wars IP. According to an earlier RockPaperShotgun article, Disney has told the press via conference call in the past that it would like to focus more on creating Star Wars social and mobile games in the immediate future. It’s also entirely possible that they are waiting on the upcoming Microsoft and Sony consoles to be unveiled before they make a move on creating a triple-A Star Wars title.

So while it might not exactly be KOTOR 3, it certainly is nice to hear that Obsidian is back to work on a new Star Wars adventure. As someone who enjoyed the last two KOTOR games immensely, I am greatly looking forward to what Obsidian has in store for us. For now it seems that the ball is in Disney’s side of the court and we can only wait with baited breath until they make a formal announcement.

If you have never had the pleasure of playing the past two KOTOR games, I highly recommend you do so. Both KOTOR and KOTOR 2 are readily available on Steam.

Are you excited to see another Star Wars RPG? What would you most want to see in the new game?

 

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