Remake of Star Wars: Knights of The Old Republic faces fan criticism

Ethan Glick, Entertainment Editor

For years now, Star Wars fans have been begging for the fan-favorite, critically-acclaimed Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (KotOR) to be remade for modern consoles. Gamers finally got their wish and a small glimpse of the game at the recent Playstation Showcase on Sept. 9. For a brief, fleeting moment, we were on cloud nine. But of course, the other shoe had to drop.

On Sept. 10, it was announced that author Sam Maggs (Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy), would be writing the remake. Despite having begged the studio for more information on the remake, there was immediate outrage among the fans over past comments that Maggs made. Among these comments were hateful tweets directed at male Star Wars fans saying that they could “Die mad,” regarding the controversial sequel trilogy. Maggs has also consistently attacked the original and prequel trilogies for various reasons. 

It’s worth mentioning that Maggs has actually bashed the very game she now writes for, saying in a tweet,“When fans ask, ‘isn’t KotOR your favorite—’ no.”

Curiously, after being given the position of writer, she now says differently, and while this may not seem like a warrant for outrage, it would be better for the person writing the most beloved Star Wars game of all time to actually like the game. Personally, I think that there’s a middle ground that needs to be found. Both parties want what’s best for the game, and perhaps the best course of action is to at least restrict Maggs’ control over the game, if not fire her altogether. I’m sure there are plenty of other writers who share the same love for the game and would jump at the chance to write the remake.The insane amount of outrage that has exploded comes from a love for the game and a desire to maintain its wellbeing, but it’s extreme. However, I don’t think that someone who doesn’t like a game, let alone such a beloved game, should have such a prominent position in the development of it. It will be interesting to see the path the developer takes, since there will be consequences no matter what they choose.