The remake of Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic is reportedly back in the works… at a different studio. According to Bloomberg, one of Saber Interactive’s Eastern European studios has taken over the project after Aspyr Media put it on indefinite hold in July.
Aspyr had been working on the project for years, and it included industry veterans as well as people who worked on the original game, which was released in 2003. On June 30th, it finished a demo of the game to show Lucasfilm and Sony.
However, the company reportedly fired design director Brad Prince and art director Jason Minor a week later.
The situation with Prince and Minor was unclear, but a source who spoke with Bloomberg at the time suggested that the demonstration took a disproportionate amount of time and money.
Rumors spread among Aspyr employees that Saber Interactive, which has been doing outsourced work for the project, would take over. Those speculations could be correct.
While neither developer has issued an official statement yet, mega game publisher Embracer may have alluded to the studio switch in its most recent financial report.
Embracer, which owns both Aspyr and Saber Interactive, said one of its “AAA projects has transitioned to another studio” within the company. “This was done to ensure the quality bar is where we need it to be for the title,” it added.
Embracer also stated that it does not anticipate any major delays as a result of the transition, but the Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic remake was never scheduled to be released in the near future. It does not yet have a release date, and it is expected to take at least two years to complete.