Knights of the Old Republic 2 developer Obsidian Entertainment is sad to see Lucasarts die, but hopes to see Star Wars videogames live on.
The news of Disney closing down LucasArts was a somewhat expected, but still saddening event for gamers and developers alike. Obsidian Entertainment, the developer who brought us Knights of the Old Republic 2, is among those in mourning, but offers a glimmer of hope to the future of Star Wars videogames. "As for Obsidian pitching a Star Wars game, or games for that matter, we would love to. Getting to work within the Star Wars world was a tonne of fun and it would be great to get to do so again," said Obsidian CEO Feargus Urquhart.
"We've decided to shift LucasArts from an internal development to a licensing model, minimising the company's risk while achieving a broader portfolio of quality Star Wars games," said Disney in a statement accompanying the closure of the studio. A pitch from Obsidian to make a new game seems to be exactly what Disney is looking for, so things are looking good that this may actually happen.
Even more promising is the fact that Obsidian already pithced a new Star Wars game to LucasArts back in February. Lead Designer Chris Avellone came up with "a really cool story" and one of the studio's best ever pitches, said Urquhart.
"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,"
Knights of the Old Republic 2 was the critically acclaimed sequel to Knights of the Old Republic, which was developed by Bioware. Both games were published by LucasArts. KOTOR 2 was developed in just under a year, but still managed to blow gamers away with its edge-of-your-seat story and immersive gameplay. It did, however, have a whole boatload of bugs, glitches, and missing content.
The good news is that some industrious modders basically fixed all of the game's problems, a move that was actually praised by Avellone. You can pick the game up on Steam for around $7, and download the Sith Lords Restored Content Mod on ModDB.