I’ve had my social media feeds pinging about the remake of Knights of the Old Republic this last day or so. The teaser trailer looks impressive enough, and the music is very evocative. But, to be honest I’m just not that interested in remakes even if they are much beloved games that I once enjoyed a great deal.
As a rule I almost never rewatch TV or films. I have never been interested in replaying RPGs over and over, whether it is to try different story paths or alternate endings. Reading blog posts over the years, I feel like I’m in the minority here – I don’t get the attraction of playing *and* replaying a sandbox like Elder Scrolls or Dragon Age. My ‘replaying’ of MMORPG leveling zones to level alts is the only major breaking of this pattern, and that’s more to do with the nature of MMOs than my burning desire to do so. Indeed the trend over time for more linear and narrow leveling experiences or paths in the genre over time has left me less inclined to alt-play because of this distaste for repetition.
So, I’m not that excited by this announcement even though I am in their target audience – I love Star Wars as a setting, and I like computer games (especially RPGs). If it had been KOTOR 3 (for real this time) I would be super excited by this announcement, but as it stands I do not foresee playing it. The fact we do not own a Playstation 5 is also a smaller impediment, though I imagine a PC port will come along too. Honestly can we not have new games instead of remakes?