Obsidian pitching new Star Wars RPG
by Steve Watts, shacknews.com, Feb 8, 2013 9:35AM PST
Obsidian Entertainment, the studio behind Knights of the Old Republic 2, still wants to tinker more in the Star Wars universe. Studio CEO Feargus Urquhart says they pitched a new RPG to Lucasarts, before Disney bought it lock, stock, and barrel. Though it hasn't gotten approval from Lucasarts, Obsidian plans to keep pitching once the dust settles on the Disney deal.
"There's a lot of different eras in Star Wars, and that's what we would focus on," Urquhart told Rock Paper Shotgun. He hopes that by picking a different era, they might avoid Disney feeling gun-shy after EA's big investment in The Old Republic failed to catch fire.
"We pitched a between-Episode III and Episode IV game [to LucasArts]," he said. "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 okay. 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."
Now that Disney has bought up the brand it seems to have ambitious movie plans, including a new trilogy and spin-offs. Its game plans, however, are more nebulous. Urquhart is still hopeful, but is waiting for the right time to pitch again.
"We haven't [talked with Disney yet]," he said. "We're kind of waiting for the smoke to clear. But that’s one of my next big things to do. To kind of go over there and [get the ball rolling again]."