As a gamer, can you think of anything more exciting than new life being pumped into your favorite game? We saw this when Square Enix announced a re-make of Final Fantasy VII. We see this every time a classic game gets an HD upgrade and re-release on a new platform. Fable: TLC HD, Halo Anniversary, the God of War Collection.
Speaking strictly for myself, I am the type of person that would gladly shell out $30 for a re-make or HD resurface of one of my favorite games before paying $60 for a brand new IP. So, imagine my excitement when I saw that my all-time favorite game, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, was trending the other day. Clicking through a few pages revealed something that brought true excitement: KOTOR is undergoing a fan-made reboot…AND IT LOOKS AMAZING.
Titled, “Apeiron,” this project is a fan-made mod of the PC version of KOTOR. This mod will include a complete remake and remastering of the original game, with added content, new worlds, missions, HUD, companions, and items. The idea of this being a mod, requiring a copy of the original game as Apeiron is being built over the top if it, is that this game won’t get shut down by Disney and/or EA.
The official Apeiron website states:
Is this legal?
WE BELIEVE SO
Can you make a Star Wars game? Engine refresh of games has been around since the 80’s and some have become very successful. Games like Black Mesa did it with Half Life and Renegade X rebuilt Command and Conquer in the Unreal Engine 3. This is a full conversion refresh, that being said you will have to own a copy of the orginal game in order to play Apeiron since we are using the orginal audio and music. At it’s (sic) core Apeiron is the most intense KotOR modification ever.
Much has already been written about this, so I won’t waste anyone’s time by writing any more (a great synopsis can be found here). Instead, I’d just like to share a few of my personal thoughts on KOTOR and the Apeiron project.
- Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic is, hands down, my favorite game of all-time. Never has a video game taken over my life like this game did. Luckily, I was just a kid on summer vacation when it was originally released. I will never forget teaming with my older brother to earn a quick $50 so we could buy it for the Xbox. I have so many great memories associated with playing this game.
- I have bought Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic on the following platforms: Xbox, PC, Android, and iOS. I have no regrets about any of it. I know this mod is going to be free, but if I had to pay, I’d gladly do it again.
- I am terrified this will get shut down. Disney and EA have been known to be absolutely cutthroat when it comes to guarding their IPs. My hope for this project being released stems from the fact that it is technically a mod, which requires the base game to play and will be released free (not sold commercially). This means any “Cease and Desist” order would not be based on copyright infringement, as this mod does not break copyright laws.
What do you guys think? What are some of your favorite KOTOR memories? Do you think Apeiron will ever see the light of day? Let us know in the comments below!