It was just shy of five years ago that Aspyr Media brought BioWare’s classic 2003 Star Wars open-world RPG Knights of the Old Republic [$4.99] to the iPad in an enhanced mobile version, and even ten years after its original release it was (and is) still one of the best Star Wars games ever created. Later that year Aspyr added in iPhone support for KOTOR on mobile, and since then the game has been a fairly huge success in the mobile gaming world. That success of course brought questions as to whether we’d see its sequel, Knights of the Old Republic 2: The Sith Lords, eventually hit mobile as well. In May of 2015 an ESRB rating and listing for KOTOR 2 on mobile got everyone all excited, and the following July Aspyr asked fans to vote to show their enthusiasm and level of interest in a mobile port of the game. Spoiler alert: People really wanted it.
Fast forward to late April of 2016 and a significant price reduction to the original KOTOR on mobile led us to speculate that KOTOR 2 might be on the horizon. It also coincided with Aspyr releasing an absolutely massive update to the desktop version of KOTOR 2, which would have been a prime reason to leverage all of that work into a mobile release. Well, here we are several years later and KOTOR 2 on mobile still hasn’t happened, and based on a note on Aspyr’s blog this week, it might never happen.
The blog post is simply to let fans know what Aspyr will be up to with Star Wars Day (May the 4th Be With You) coming up tomorrow. It’ll include a hefty price reduction to all their Star Wars titles on both Steam and the Mac App Store, as well as a 50% price reduction for Knights of the Old Republic on both iOS and Android. All great things! The not-so-great part is at the bottom of the announcement, surrounded by those dastardly asterisks. It reads “KOTOR 2 mobile isn’t on the horizon. Yes, we know you were gonna ask. Sorry.” I guess if you’re looking to glean some sort of bright side to that statement, it’s that “not on the horizon” isn’t a “definitely never coming” so I guess there’s still the possibility that KOTOR 2 could make it to mobile. It doesn’t sound very encouraging though. I get the sense that at this point Aspyr is fully on board with doing a KOTOR 2 mobile port, but there’s some other factor in play that’s preventing them from doing so, and they’re not able to just outright say what that is. I’m just speculating, but I get that feeling. At any rate, if you don’t own the original KOTOR on mobile yet, then definitely grab it for half-off this Friday, and hopefully at some point in the future we’ll have better news regarding a KOTOR 2 mobile version.
Thanks to reader Christian for the tip!