Gamers always wanted a third game in the Knight of the Old Republic and they will be annoyed to learn that KOTOR 3 was actually in pre-production at Obsidian Entertainment according to their creative director, Chris Avellone, who explained all to Eurogamer in a podcast. This sequel that never was is the reason why Revan didn’t make much of an appearance in KOTOR 2; he was being saved for a return in KOTOR 3 where the trilogy would have been closed but sadly that never came to pass.
Chris Avellone talked extensively about Revan and his enforced absence from KOTOR 2:
“I always liked the idea that Revan, as smart and powerful as your player-character was, was actually even more of a brilliant strategist than became apparent in the first game.”
“The entire second game is littered with clues as to ‘why didn’t Revan destroy the infrastructure here? What was he trying to make sure was still intact? What did he/she see that no one else saw?’
“I thought that was giving a nice nod to ‘wait a minute, Revan realises there’s an even larger force at work here, and he’s focusing his efforts on that and keeping the big picture in mind’. That was one thing – the idea that there was a larger, global conspiracy.”
The game would have also contained other familiar features like the Ebon Hawk and the companions, T3-M4 and HK-47. However, the main trouble was getting the game greenlit in the first place, despite the success of the previous two KOTOR games. Chris Avellone explains:
“It was a matter of getting LucasArts to greenlight the title. To be honest I don’t know all the reasons that went into this, whether they wanted to have an internal team do it, whether they logistics didn’t work out…” Avellone said.
“Ultimately, it felt like we were pitching and pitching and it just wasn’t going anywhere, and at some point people just drew a line and said ‘it’s just not going to happen’, which made us kind of sad, but, OK, if that’s the business, that’s the business.”
It sucks that we never got to see KOTOR 3 but hopefully with this new deal with EA in place, we may get the game eventually one day. What is your favourite bit of the two previous KOTOR games? Please let us know in the comments below.