Published on May 9th, 2013 | by Fraser Brown1
Obsidian wants to take another crack at Star Wars
While there’s only one correct response to “what’s the best Star Wars film?” — it’s Empire, in case you’re wondering — there’s no such obvious champion of the Star Wars video game universe. There are titles that clearly aren’t in the running — your Force Unleasheds and plethora of sequel trilogy offerings — but I suspect that people would struggle to agree on what the top dog is.
X-Wing vs. TIE Fighter, Dark Forces II, Battlefront II and a whole lot more would undoubtedly be uttered if the question was raised, but for me, it would have to be the buggy mess that was Knights of the Old Republic 2. The powerful narrative and emotionally ravaged characters along with a few gameplay improvements over the first one made it something that’s stuck with me for years, even when it was disappointingly unfinished (now thankfully somewhat fixed after hard work from dedicated fans).
So even the suggestion that Obsidian might, possibly, if allowed, work on another Star Wars game is enough to get my juices flowing like a thunderous waterfall.
Speaking with Rock Paper Shotgun, Obsidian CEO Fergus Urquhart revealed that he’d be very much down for working with BioWare and EA to see if they could figure something out. ”We would love to work on another Star Wars game, and if it was possible for us to hook up with BioWare and EA to do so, that would be pretty amazing.”
Earlier this year, Obsidian was actively pitching a Star Wars game to LucasArts. Set between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, the pitch was penned by Chris Avellone, and LucasArts were pretty into it. Then a certain rodent consumed everything Star Wars related, and plans went up in the air.
With the sale still fresh, Obsidian never got to speak with Disney, and Urquhart explained that the studio wanted to wait for the dust to settle, and to see what direction the company would go in with the franchise. And now LucasArts is no more, and EA is in charge, so the dust is once again a huge cloud, obscuring everything.
A BioWare/Obsidian team-up would certainly be a remarkable thing, though it strikes me as both unlikely to happen, and unlikely to create the same sort of magic from the Black Isle days. BioWare is now a monster of a company, chained to EA, while Obsidian has gone down independent developer route, focussing on Kickstarter, creative control and manageable budgets.
Nonetheless, Obsidian working on Star Wars is something we should want, even if EA being in charge — Emperor Palpatine — style is less than desirable.