Everyone knows and loves the first “Knights of the Old Republic,” which not only helped put BioWare on the console map but also provided the original Xbox one of its few console-selling hits that didn’t have Halo in the title.
But the sequel, produced by Obsidian Entertainment, has its fans as well. Some believe that “Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords” would be regarded just as highly, even more so, if not for the fact that it clearly suffered from a rushed production schedule.
For these reasons, and more, there has long been interest in a sequel. And as it turns out, there were actually plans for such a thing at one point.
In an interview with Eurogamer, Obsidian’s Chris Avellone reveals that much of the creative decisions in part two were due to plans for a part three, which was planned, but never happened. Most of these said choices revolved around the popular character Revan:
“… When we were plotting out the idea of doing the third game we just thought it would be cool if we were foreshadowing what Revan was really doing in Knights of the Old Republic 1, and what he was preparing for in Knights of the Old Republic 2, and then bring it to a close, the end of the trilogy, but we didn’t get a chance to do that.”
The interview actually digs deep into what they had planned for the Sith Lord, which is why it also contains a certain degree of spoilers from both KOTOR games, so be warned. But as for why a follow-up never happened, it doesn’t seem as if there was any clear reason:
“It was a matter of getting LucasArts to greenlight the title and I… 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…
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.”
In regards to the business, one possible reason is that the PS3 and Xbox 360, which were just on the horizon, required a priorities to be shifted. Still, many would agree that Knights of the Old Republic III would have made an excellent launch title for either console.