ByJames Buxton, writer at
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James Buxton

If there was only one good thing released under the Star Wars banner last decade, it would be Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. It was a real game changer, combining the bright, cyberpunk aesthetic of the prequel with the well-worn, lived-in style of the original trilogy. It was loved by millions of fans and is considered by many to be one of the greatest stories ever written in the Star Wars universe, with a twist arguably considered equal to that of Darth Vader being Luke's father.

So it was a huge blow to the fandom when it was revealed that it had been thrown out along with the rest of the Expanded Universe in 2014 when Disney cleaned their slate. A huge chunk of the Star Wars mythos was no longer part of the official continuity.

Or so we thought.

Over the past few months, Disney and LucasFilm have hinted at the idea of KotOR, its sequel, The Sith Lords, and its MMORPG spin off, The Old Republic, still being canon in some form. Late last year, KotOR II received an update on Steam, fixing several bugs and making it easier for modders to fix content issues themselves. Not long after, fan favorite HK-47, an assassin droid featured in KoTOR, appeared as a playable character in Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes. Either the studio is trying to tell us something or we're all just going mad.

As of yet, Disney have not announced a remake of any Old Republic property. However, the next best thing may be just around the corner.

Apeiron is a fan-based project that intends to remake the entirety of the first Knight of the Old Republic video game in Unreal Engine 4, complete with updated graphics and remastered audio.

But it doesn't stop there! Apeiron have also promised to not just rebuild the greatest Star Wars game of all time, but also improve it. The studio are planning to build new worlds and characters completely from scratch, adding in new missions and items throughout.

And if you thought it couldn't get any better, they'll also be giving it out for free in order to avoid the ever-present wrath of Disney's copyright infringement department.

The company have released a few screenshots showing their progress but have understandably kept it mostly under wraps. Unfortunately, it's highly likely that Disney are going to bring the hammer down on the project some time in the near future. However, if we're lucky, we could be seeing an unofficial KotOR remake by the end of the year if all goes to plan, so it's worth sticking around.


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