An Old Republic novel by BioWare writer Drew Karpyshyn is going to give KotOR fans answers they’ve been waiting to hear since 2003.
I loved KotOR, but one of the things that drove me nuts about KotOR 2 was that it barely answered any of the player’s questions about the fate of the first game’s protagonist, Revan. Thankfully, the third in a series of The Old Republic tie-in novels published by Del Rey is set to do just that.
The aptly-named Revan is written by Drew Karpyshyn, the Principal Writer at BioWare who wrote the scenario and much of the dialogue for the first KotOR – so for him, this is familiar territory. “[A lot] of fans have been patiently waiting a long time to find out what happened to Revan after KotOR — it’s probably the number one question I’m asked on my website,” said Karpyshyn in an interview.
“I’m glad the story is finally being told, and I’m ecstatic that I’m the one who gets to tell it.” I am too, Drew – I am too.
Obviously, while the player could make Revan either gender and alignment in the Force, Karpyshyn’s novel will be based on the official canon, where Revan is male and redeems himself in the Light Side of the Force at the end. The novel will also bring back other characters from the KotOR games, like Canderous Ordo, T3-M4, Bastila Shan and the Exile, the protagonist of KotOR 2.
While this book is set immediately following KotOR (and through KotOR 2), this is three hundred years before The Old Republic. So why is this a SW: TOR novel and not a KotOR one? “[The] events of this book have a major impact on shaping the Old Republic universe,” said Karpyshyn. Guess that answers that.
Revan will go on sale later this year.