Now, these statements don’t imply that Aspyr’s remake goes to be a very totally different sport. Actually, comparable language was used to explain the current remakes of Mafia and Demon’s Souls which had been definitely true remakes however in the end caught pretty near the unique experiences by way of construction, story, and different trademark components that followers affiliate with these titles. Aspyr’s KOTOR remake might find yourself being nearer to these video games, and that will in all probability be higher than tremendous. After all, these had been two of the perfect remakes of final 12 months and two of the higher remakes in current reminiscence.
Yet, it’s arduous to have a look at the upcoming KOTOR remake and never consider the finest remake of 2020: Final Fantasy 7.
Final Fantasy 7 was an extremely divisive sport. Lots of people had been anticipating it to be the unique sport with high-end trendy graphics, and so they as a substitute acquired an expertise that not solely modified the unique sport’s fight system, story, and key characters however established a wierd meta-narrative that figures to impression future chapters. It was definitely rather a lot to course of, and it was in the end an excessive amount of for some. Others merely didn’t like the precise choices that had been made.
However, the Final Fantasy 7 remake additionally reminded us that a few of the finest remakes throughout all mediums are those who dare to be totally different. Movie remakes like The Thing, Scarface, and Ocean’s Eleven together with sport remakes akin to Resident Evil 2, Black Mesa, and Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes modified vital elements of their inspirations whereas nonetheless staying true to the spirit of these unique works. Final Fantasy 7‘s remake may be one of the boldest remakes we’ve ever seen as far as that goes, however it’s additionally a testomony to the concept that the perfect remakes are sometimes made by these daring sufficient to say “we’re going to try to give you more than what you’ve seen before and what you can still go out and experience now.”
That’s the massive level right here. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic is sacred, wonderful, revolutionary, and, it needs to be mentioned, available. You can play it on just about any trendy pc, an Xbox, and even your telephone everytime you need. This shouldn’t be a kind of video games which have been misplaced to time and thus cries loudest for a easy approach for us to have the ability to simply entry it once more. Whatever occurs subsequent, 2003’s KOTOR will at all times be there.
That being the case, I simply don’t need Aspry to let the potential blowback (which is sort of at all times inevitable within the web age in some form or kind) cause them to imagine that they’ll’t make this sport their very own. Is a contemporary model of KOTOR higher with real-time fight (or extra energetic fight), a special twist, new places, a special ending, or huge character adjustments? That actually all will depend on how effectively Aspyr executes its imaginative and prescient, however I’m very curious to search out out it’s. There’s a world the place the studio takes some massive swings and misses on all of them to the purpose the place all of us want they’d performed one thing less complicated, and that’s simply the character of the chance related to these sorts of tasks.