It's Star Wars Celebration this week - with the launch of the new Obi-Wan Kenobi series and various other announcements.
As part of this, Aspyr and Lucasfilm Games have today announced the 2004 game Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords will be coming to the Nintendo Switch on 8th June.
This version will come with updated HD cinematics, textures, UI, and resolution. Here are the key features, courtesy of the PR:
A Standalone Sequel: Experience the follow-up to the acclaimed STAR WARS™: Knights of the Old Republic™ in this original RPG epic set in the darkest days of the Old Republic.
Choose Your Destiny: Discover your past and make difficult choices that aren’t as clear-cut as “good or evil.” Each decision can have a significant impact on your story and your squad. Will you uphold the Jedi Order, or lead the galaxy to ruin?
Master the Force: Choose from three different Jedi classes, each able to wield specific Force powers, and customize your characters with unique skills and abilities.
Lead Your Crew: Command a party of diverse crewmates, each with their own strengths, alignments and nuanced back stories. Your actions will influence your crew’s destinies, but not everyone may agree with the choices you make…
The Sith Lords Restored Content DLC: Expand your experience even further with this incredible collection of content featuring new crew dialogue and interactions, a bonus mission starring HK-47, and a new revamped ending, coming as free DLC post-launch.
Pre-orders are available now on the Switch eShop for $14.99/£14.99/14,99€. There'll also be a digital bundle including the second game and the original Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic - available to pre-order for $29.99/£29.99/29,99€.
Will you be returning this epic RPG on 8th June? Leave a comment down below.
More new old games.
At least some of them are very good.
Including the Sith Lords Restored does a gigantic amount to elevate the idea of buying this, but it also kind of gives good reason to wait until it's actually out to bother getting the game.
June 8th? damn lol. nice surprise though. Buying and installing KOTOR II will go nicely with Knights of the Old Republic 1 that i have installed for my Switch Lite anyway
Will be waiting for the physical double pack. Perfect
"and a new revamped ending, coming as free DLC post-launch."
Here's an idea: Why not have all the content ready to go when you release the game.
Shockingly brilliant idea.
Restored content!! That’s awesome!! Also interested in this “New revamped ending” as I personally have always felt kotor II had a very average ending. Really excited for this!
I will get this, probably not day one though. I played this on PC back in the day and was disappointed at the original ending. I’m glad they’re (eventually) adding in the expanded content
The ironic part is that is precisely because of all the people that wait for the "whole package" the reason games come this way.
Your average non casual game have a peak at launch and that is, steady decline after that. Games released this way get a second breath of sales later, extra publicity because sites like this will need to report when the content actually comes and that allows the publisher to avoid slashing the prices too soon.
So yeah, even when we are talking about free DLC, is all in the name of business, that delicious boost in sales from all those "late adopters". Same thing with the upcoming Mario Strikers game.
Fantastic news! I hope they put in the cheat mode they had in the first one. It’s helped with not having to grind.
@Grim The games can't both fit on a single cartridge together, so there won't be a physical double pack. The standalone releases from LRG are all we'll get.
EDIT: Whoops, turns out they'd fit, it'd just be close to the limit! Ignore that.
@ReaperMelia Inaccurate statement. KOTOR I & 2 come in at 27.8 GB combined. Witcher 3 for comparison is 28.1 GB, and was released on a single card. If Witcher can do it, a KOTOR compilation is possible.
@Grim I'm hoping THQ Nordic does a combo pack, like they've done so far with Podracer/Republic Commando and Jedi Outcast/Jedi Academy. 2 games together for half the price and no shipping fees, unlike with LRG.
I didn’t even know this game had a sequel till I saw the trailer lol.
Oh no...I bought the LRG of the first one like an absolute chump!
I sure wish i could get these physical. I prefer physical anyway and currently i can't get internet to download them until i move to a new apartment.
@EVIL-C Even if it's possible, it's probably not plausible.
32GB carts are rare enough that there's only been about 9 games using them in 5 years.
Atelier Dusk Trilogy, Atelier Mysterious Trilogy, Final Fantasy X/X-2 (Japan/Asia), Life is Strange (Japan), Dragon Quest Heroes 1&2, Tsukihime, Gundam Crossrays, Attack on Titan 2 Final Battle, Witcher 3
All were £50/$60 or even higher. Whatever Nintendo is charging for 32GB carts seems to be high enough that they're being avoided if at all possible.
I knew this one would be coming, hopefully it got a physical release as well.
The first one was groundbreaking (though, in retrospect, followed the typical Bioware RPG formula), while the sequel arguably had the better story. Kind of like how Fallout: New Vegas was to Fallout 3 or Neverwinter Nights 2 to Neverwinter Nights. You can tell that Obsidian — and specifically Chris Avellone — had their hands on the follow-ups.
re-adding the cut content is enough to get me interested.
Waiting on the lrg physical edition
@Grim Same. The Switch is providing a very cool niche in the industry for preserving old disk games on cartridges which presumably will last longer and a system that can function with or without a TV.
@bluesun Doesn't change anything about my original statement correcting the error.
As outsiders, we don't have the information, but I think it's perfectly fair and valid to ask what is cheaper: two 16GB cards, or one 32GB card? 🤔
Also, I just learned Nintendo is/was planning 64GB cards. 😳
The pricing is wrong for £ currency. The game on its own is £12.59 (no launch discount) and the bundle is £23.89. Not 14.99 and 29.99. Heads up for those fellow Brits.
Kreia is back!
Now that I think about it, KOTOR2 might well be the last new piece of Star Wars media that this old fan really enjoyed. Which seems fitting, considering the approach the story takes to the franchise's established lore.
Be nice if Bounty Hunter was next.
I feel like Aspyr are single handedly repairing the damage Disney have done to the franchise. I never got around to playing this, so defo grabbing it.
@EVIL-C Oops, that's my bad. Thanks for the clarification! That being said, I unfortunately still have my doubts any distributor would pay extra for the 32GB carts given how expensive those are.
Hands down, the best Star Wars game I’ve ever played. Getting it day one.
Now if this gets a double pack physical release like the other Star Wars games, just standard retail, I will buy it. I've been on the edge of buying some of the Star Wars games on Switch, but there was always just something holding me back. KOTOR 1 and 2, on cartridge, 30 euro's, and I'll probably bite when I find it for 20.
AVP 2 would be amazing on Switch too
@shaneoh release the ending at the same time as the rest of the game? You brilliant maniac, I love it!!
This is amazing.
We're gonna have KOTOR and KOTOR II on Switch, in HD wide-screen with the large text box fixed, restored content in the sequel...
This will definitely be Day One.
Patiently crossing fingers for a modern re-release of Dark Forces I & II, Rogue Squadron and maybe the Battlefront games. PLEASE.
Nice. I will finally finish both of these.
@EVIL-C I hope you’re right but I highly doubt it. Nintendo charges and therefore profits too much from the 32GB proprietary cartridges. It’s rare that a publisher will use more than a 16GB cart for this reason. Unfortunately The Witcher 3 is a very rare exception. I blame Nintendo for this more than the publisher.
@DiamondJim @ReaperMelia Yep, I also have my doubts, to be sure. Would love to see it, but I won't hold my breath either.
This is where the fun begins.
I'm still waiting for my physical copy of KOTOR 1 from LRG...
I doubt we will ever see a 64 gig card for the OG Switch. The only single games that need a card like that are the big AAA ports from other platforms but considering the costs of 32 gig cards and developer reluctance to use them, I suspect the 64 gig card is for the Switch 2, since it would be a big power boost and would permit Switch games to use much more detailed assets. Which take up a lot of space.
I'd great it's including some form of the restored content patch. That guarantees a buy from me. The port of the first one is very good now that they fixed the weird giant text bug it had at first.
The Obiwan show is disappointing so it'l be nice to have something Star Wars related that isn't embarrassing.
I think I finished the original KOTOR twice, but have started at least a dozen new games that I have never managed to finish on various platforms since. I’ll probably buy this and manage to not finish it too… 🤪
Hold up, if KOTOR 1 is less than £12 on the eShop and KOTOR 2 is £15, who on earth is going to pay £30 for a double-pack? 😂
I tried playing the first KOTOR and got lost on where to go/ what to do at the beginning right after getting off the ship. Anyone else had the same problem? Does this game also have places where players tend to get stuck?
Sooner or later, we'll be seeing the likes of more classic Star Wars games. Just wait until we start getting into Battlefront or the Rogue Squadron trilogy
Tried doing KOTOR again a bit back but just way too clunky and archaic for me. They were fun when they originally came out though even if I'm not much of a Star Wars person.
@shaneoh they were very obviously pressured to dump it soon considering it was revealed at celebration. Clearly not the Devs fault anyhow (neither of them lmao)
@AG_Awesome I've heard people say about grinding for Kotor 2 but I've never ever had to in any of my playthroughs, I feel like you're BUFF enough in Kotor 2 to not need to. (Also as a hint, if you want a free heal, open the menu and use a health kit there, it won't even waste a turn)
@LadyGwen I just like bumping my levels so high I have no worries about dying in battle. I don’t have time or energy to play the older games the way we used to. I just enjoy going through them for story and to check out all the one environments and music and stuff like that. Gameplay is too dated for me to enjoy anymore so I get myself about 20 or so levels higher right off the bat. Lol
KOTOR games were always clunky. I have no idea what game people thought they were playing back in the day if they're just discovering this now. KOTOR II is especially janky because it was basically unfinished when it came out, but the story's dope and I do consider the game to be an all-time fave, over and above the first one. That being said, word of warning to newbies: it's got the most relentlesly boring opening to an RPG that I know of, bested only by Fallout 2, another janky masterpiece with a famously bad opening.
I was excited till I saw both games take up 28GB...
Not sure I want to tie up that much space, maybe there's physical releases?
I think South Park the stick of truth is the only Obsidian developed game I've ever thought was decent, personally. I have never liked fallout type games, alpha protocol was horrible, just everything i have looked forward to, that they developed, has let me down. KOTOR II was hot mess on Xbox, and it took everything i had to ride that out. Definitely wouldn't do it again.
@SS25 It's a digital bundle.
I think I'm going to get this, because I completed the game in it's clearly unfinished state back in the day and have never had time to go back.
Can you use the touch screen for battles, dialogue trees and menus?
@shaneoh I get where you're coming from and in some large amount I do agree with you but... Knowing where that GIF comes from I can't take this comment fully seriously. Good GIF though, solid choice of PFP.
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