Many of Obsidian’s staffers are Star Wars fans, so much so that every three to six months the subject of developing Knights of the Old Republic 3 is broached.
Speaking to IGN, Pillars of Eternity project director Josh Sawyer and lead producer Brandon Adler said while the conversations are never “anything terribly serious,” the series is still close to the studio’s heart.
“I think there are a lot of the people at the studio that would like to do Knights of the Old Republic 3,” Sawyer said. “I think at that time LucasArts was really focused on what they considered to be extreme, extreme blockbusters and even though the Knights of the Old Republic series was pretty successful, it just never seemed like something that was going to happen at that time.
“Having said that, a lot of time has passed. I know there are a lot of people at the studio who are really interested in doing a project like that.”
“It’s something that comes up every three to six months,” said Adler. “We bring it up and talk about it. Not anything terribly serious, but we just say ‘wouldn’t it be cool if?’ and just develop some ideas for what we’d do with that stuff.”
Last year, studio head Feargus Urquhart said Obsidian was waiting for the “right moment” to approach license holder Disney with a pitch on a new Star Wars game. He even discussed a pitch made to LucasArts once regarding a project set “between-Episode 3 and Episode 4” because the timeframe was “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. It was an interesting time to set a game, and Chris Avellone came up with a really cool story,” Urquhart said at the time.
“But that’s one of my next big things to do. To kind of go over there and [get the ball rolling again].”
Sawyer and Alder told IGN said it wouldn’t be unusual for Urquhart to pursue deals on his own, so if he has pitched anything to Disney at this time, they are unaware of it.
Keep hope alive.