Obsidian is Pitching a New Star Wars Game

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Obsidian is Pitching a New Star Wars Game

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The team behind the (arguably) best Star Wars game is looking to make another.

Ask the average PC gamer what their favorite Star Wars game is and there's a good chance they'll name drop Obsidian's excellent Star Wars: Knights of the old Republic II: The Sith Lords. Yes, it was a typical Obsidian game - i.e., a sequel to an established franchise and buggier than a crack fiend's pajamas - but it took the ideas presented in BioWare's original and ran with them. Out of the door. Into space.

Now the studio is looking to return to its old stomping ground with another game set in the Star Wars universe. CEO Feargus Urquhart has revealed that Obsidian is lobbying heavily to develop a new Star Wars RPG.

Rather than step on BioWare's toes and set their game during the Old Republic era, Obsidian is looking to explore one of the darker, more interesting periods of the Star Wars chronology; the fall of the Republic and the extermination of the Jedi.

"There's a lot of different eras in Star Wars, and that's what we would focus on," Urquhart told RPS. "We pitched a between-Episode III and Episode IV game [to LucasArts]. Because we think that timeframe is super interesting. It's the fall of the Republic, the extermination of the Jedi, it's Obi-Wan going off and making sure Luke is OK. You have the Sith, but you have the extermination of all Force users except for very, very few. So it was an interesting time to set a game, and you know, Chris Avellone came up with a really cool story."

For those of you who don't know your BioWare/Black Isle history, Chris Avellone wrote Planescape: Torment and contributed to a whole bunch of golden age RPGs. His name tends to crop up whenever the words "ever," "writer," "game" and "best" appear in the same sentence.

There is, however, one small problem. Lucas arts seemed keen on the pitch Obsidian submitted, but as of October of last year, it'll be Disney that makes the final decision. How are talks going with the house of mouse? Well, they're not.

"We haven't [talked with Disney yet]. We're kind of waiting for the smoke to clear," said Urquhart. "But that's one of my next big things to do. To kind of go over there and [get the ball rolling again]."

Source: RockPaperShotgun

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I must have saved truckloads of orphans in my previous life to deserve this.

Is there anything we can do to make sure it happens? Could we maybe hold the Disneys execs hostage or something?

:D

...Just hopefully they will be allowed to finish it this time. And if this takes off (No space pun intended) I'll be wary as hell how it'll turn out. Still I am happy to hear they want to make another Star Wars game.

And I just finished putting $120 aside for the inevitable collectors edition.

Come on Disney, you better agree to this!

Let Obsidian do everything except the building of the game and it should be perfect :D

How Obsidian has released so many buggy titles is beyond me, but they need a seperate team just to make sure the game doesn't start falling apart as soon as you try to play it.

remember, they are gonna have to pitch it to Disney... it won't be another KOTOR.

All I have to say is..

Fuck the hell yes. /Hellsing Abridged

I would LOVE me a good RPG set in the fall of the republic, particularly if there was a way for me to side with the new Empire

This is excellent news. I would love to see them do it in an Alpha Protocol like way. Letting players go to different planets whenever they want, Letting them influence the game with decisions from different missions and character interactions, and gain standing with different characters. I would especially love to see a similar dialogue tree like how they did it in Alpha Protocol but refine it a bit. I would especially love to see them letting players pick different sides. like they could fight for the Rebel Alliance, Galactic Empire, or be independent and not side with any faction.

This has to happen. I can feel The Force in my pants.

Oh, awesome! I'd be very happy about a new game like that... provided it actually gets finished this time.

Not sure how I feel about this. I've never been in love with the Star Wars franchise, but more Obsidian is always a good thing.

Also, the Rogue Squadron games were the best Star Wars games.

Meh, if it's not Battlefront 3 then I'm not interested.

Best of luck to them though, hope they can make a game that isn't chock-full of bugs, and more importantly can bring back a level of quality associated with the Star Wars IP.

Grey Carter:
Ask the average PC gamer what their favorite Star Wars game is and there's a good chance they'll name drop Obsidian's excellent [i]Star Wars: Knights of the old Republic II: The Sith Lords.

Really? I was under the impression most people considered the original to be much better, and the review scores certainly seem to support that. The sequel was a great game, and I honestly didn't notice a single bug when playing it, but it just wasn't as good as the first (other than the graphics which were of course a lot better).

That said, I would love to see them make another one.

Captcha: Beautiful friendship. Oh yes.

Adam Jensen:
This has to happen. I can feel The Force in my pants.

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and there comes the great disturbance in the Force. in form of too much information.

Daystar Clarion:
How Obsidian has released so many buggy titles is beyond me, but they need a seperate team just to make sure the game doesn't start falling apart as soon as you try to play it.

That's easy.
They do what they are hired to do. <Make a quick cashgrab sequel on a shoestring budget.>

Would love to see what they could do with a proper AAA budget.

If they are both set in different eras then why not allow two of them to be made. If you think about it wouldnt they just stagger there release dates anyway and its also unlikely they would both be finished within the same month.

...Chris Avellone came up with a really cool story...

That's all I needed to hear. I don't give a shit which IP it is in. Chris Avellone. Cool story. RPG. Obsidian. Win.

Disney, if you are reading this, you could make as much money on this as a new Star Wars movie. Give them the greenlight, all the resources they want, and an all star debug team, and we will preemptively forgive you for everything else you do to this franchise.

Aiberg:
remember, they are gonna have to pitch it to Disney... it won't be another KOTOR.

Gd point.
The excitement lasted for like 45 seconds till I read this

Provided this goes through i have one very basic request to Disney/Lucasarts and one alone....*Ahem*

Please, please, please, please, PLEASE! By the will of the force: Let them finish the damned game. I don't think we need another Kotor 2 scenario (Head company forcing them to cut half the game out and release it unfinished.). I realise the restoration mod helped get around this...eventually, but i think it's best if they just have the time to finish the bloody story this time doncha think?

I got a problem with putting it so much into the trilogy's, BUT it is Chris Avellone the guy behind KOTOR 2 so I'll wait to see how good it is. I did love KOTOR 2 so much =)

Yes yes yes yes yes YES! Do want!

I will wait however long it takes, just do it and for the love of God finish it, Obsidian. I would gladly debase myself in so many ways if it would allow this to happen.

And this time (again, on the very uncertain condition this does happen) can I submit a humble plea to Bioware to not stomp all over this with an MMO and a Drew Karpyshyn book that utterly ruin Obsidian's story?

Grey Carter:
Ask the average PC gamer what their favorite Star Wars game is and there's a good chance they'll name drop Bioware's excellent Star Wars: Knights of the old Republics

Fixed.

To be honest I'm kinda sick of games set in the "past". It's a little off putting. I think there should be more Jedi Acadamy games and such set after Return.

Individuo:

Grey Carter:
Ask the average PC gamer what their favorite Star Wars game is and there's a good chance they'll name drop Bioware's excellent Star Wars: Knights of the old Republics

Fixed.

Seriously though, doubt it will happen, and if it does, it won't be the same.

HanFyren:

Daystar Clarion:
How Obsidian has released so many buggy titles is beyond me, but they need a seperate team just to make sure the game doesn't start falling apart as soon as you try to play it.

That's easy.
They do what they are hired to do. <Make a quick cashgrab sequel on a shoestring budget.>

Would love to see what they could do with a proper AAA budget.

Alpha Protocol?

its really cool to see them making something new but id still prefer them to declare The Old Republic non-cannon and then make the Knight of the Old Republic III that fans have been damending for the past decade and would be guaranteed to be a huge money maked... im really surprised EA didnt make it to begin with

At this point, I hope there will be no games. Because you know, Disney and video games ... They do not get along.

I mean, give me one game that is a success and available on our computers. Just one, I dare you!

spartandude:
its really cool to see them making something new but id still prefer them to declare The Old Republic non-cannon and then make the Knight of the Old Republic III that fans have been damending for the past decade and would be guaranteed to be a huge money maked... im really surprised EA didnt make it to begin with

1. LucasArts didn't need KotOR 3. 2. MMORPGs are more profitable.

Infernai:
Provided this goes through i have one very basic request to Disney/Lucasarts and one alone....*Ahem*

Please, please, please, please, PLEASE! By the will of the force: Let them finish the damned game. I don't think we need another Kotor 2 scenario (Head company forcing them to cut half the game out and release it unfinished.). I realise the restoration mod helped get around this...eventually, but i think it's best if they just have the time to finish the bloody story this time doncha think?

It wasn't like that. At all. It went like this:
Feargus wanted some extra time to develop some new stuff for the game. He got the confirmation from a LucasArts man, but they didn't sign the prolongation and the man has apparently forgotten about the whole thing. So when the release date came along, the game wasn't finished.
Plus, Obsidian were fooling around for first months instead of developing the game.

Kotor 2 favorite game? it was only good, till I played the first one years after, Now THAT was an amazing game, two bad Bioware is under the wings of EA now.

KOTOR2 is so goddamned buggy, it hadn't worked well on any computer I've tried and always broke less than halfway through the game.
I don't trust obsidian at all.

Kahani:

Grey Carter:
Ask the average PC gamer what their favorite Star Wars game is and there's a good chance they'll name drop Obsidian's excellent [i]Star Wars: Knights of the old Republic II: The Sith Lords.

Really? I was under the impression most people considered the original to be much better, and the review scores certainly seem to support that. The sequel was a great game, and I honestly didn't notice a single bug when playing it, but it just wasn't as good as the first (other than the graphics which were of course a lot better).

That said, I would love to see them make another one.

Captcha: Beautiful friendship. Oh yes.

I think it's because the first was a pretty generic rpg story with generic characters just put together well. Obsidian on the other hand reached for the stars with their game, while being forced to use the lead wings of shoe-string budget, rushed development time, and unsupportive publisher, and still got there. Sure, they crash landed a bit, but because their game is still so much more ambitious and simply better written in all categories than the first, it is generally held in higher esteem.

This pitch sounds excellent, but I can't help but be a little disappointed they aren't going to Disney and saying "Hey, you know that bland, boring MMO that's hemorrhaging money from the company you just acquired? Lets pull the plug on that, forget it ever happened and make a good game this time!"

Because you know Disney's got their own plans for Star Wars continuity, and it sounds like their trying to make it as family friendly as possible.

Oh my word.

Yes please.

If guessing the plan for announcing this was to get people to send Disney a bunch of mail saying "Please dear lord make this happen". Hopefully it succeeds.

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