"There's A Lot Of Different Eras In Star Wars"
Obsidian Entertainment, who developed Knights Of The Old Republic II back in the day, are apparently sitting on a pitch for a new Star Wars game and plans to approach Disney just as soon as the dust has settled.
Obsdian CEO Fergus Urquhart revealed their plan to RPS. “I would say it’s within the top three pitches we’ve ever come up with," he stated, before suggesting that it would focus on a very different time period to struggling MMO SWTOR.
“There’s a lot of different eras in Star Wars, and that’s what we would focus on. We pitched a between-Episode III and Episode IV game [to LucasArts]. Because we think that timeframe is 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. You have the Sith, but you have the extermination of all Force users except for very, very few. So it was an interesting time to set a game, and you know, Chris Avellone came up with a really cool story.”
“We also latched onto it because it has elements people remember, but not the stories. It can just completely not involve [the movies]. It can tease them, but nothing else.”
At the end of the day, a pitch is just an idea without a publisher to back it up. Though Disney's Lucasarts buyout has muddied the waters somewhat and resulted in a great degree of upheaval, Urquhart is still determined to push the idea through when the time is right.
“It’s something we’re still hoping for, even with the Disney/Lucas stuff going on,” he contimued. “It changes things a lot, but you know, we’re gonna push on it. I would say it’s within the top three pitches we’ve ever come up with. We really worked on it hard and distilled it down to these eight or ten pages that really sold the story and characters. Then we sold it off to LucasArts and got a call back later that day. They were like, ‘This seems really cool. We want to talk to you guys, like, tomorrow about it.’”
“We haven’t [talked with Disney yet]. We’re kind of waiting for the smoke to clear. But that’s one of my next big things to do."
Where - and just as importantly, when - would you like to see a Star Wars RPG set?