Sony launched a PlayStation Showcase in September 2021 with the official reveal of a rumored remake of the classic RPG Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic for PlayStation 5. However, that was the last we heard of it, bar one Bloomberg report the following year which stated that development of the project was indefinitely suspended due to extensive staff departures.
Now, Sony and PlayStation appear to be removing most traces of the KOTOR remake, deleting tweets and hiding the reveal trailer on their YouTube channel, as reported by Kotaku.
Yesterday, user TricolorChutoy posted on the Gaming Leaks And Rumors subreddit that the PlayStation Showcase KOTOR Remake 2021 reveal trailer was recently delisted. On the same day, Twitter users Crusader II Elessar posted the same thing, but noted that the full 2021 PlayStation Showcase video retains the KOTOR remake trailer. After a little more research, Crusader II Elessar found that PlayStation had seemingly deleted every tweet that mentioned the remake, with the exception of the tweet below that also mentions other games.
Stay tuned after the showcase! We’ll have more updates from the teams behind it:
🔵 God of War Ragnarök
🔵 Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic – Remake
🔵 Updates on other new PlayStation Studios titles
– PlayStation (@PlayStation) September 9, 2021
Additionally, through some tinkering by Wayback Machine, they learned that a snapshot of PlayStation’s Twitter from 2022 showed that there was another tweet exclusively about the KOTOR remake, meaning its deletion occurred between last year and today.
Game Informer has contacted Sony and PlayStation about the hidden trailer and deleted tweets and will update this story if a comment or statement is received.
The speculation as to why PlayStation might do this comes from the remake’s developer: Aspyr Media. Aspyr is owned by Embracer Group, which has canceled games and closed studios amid a recent “restructuring” program. After Embracer Group was “informed that a major strategic partnership that has been negotiated for seven months is not materializing,” or in other words, the collapse of a $2 billion deal, as reported by Chronicle of Video GamesThis restructuring program has been implemented.
Given all this, it would not be surprising if Aspyr, which was acquired by Embracer Group in 2021, was affected by the restructuring and the KOTOR remake project was canceled. However, since there is no official information about the project, it is speculation for now.
[Source: Kotaku, Video Games Chronicle]
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