Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 3 Ended Revan's Journey With Ancient Sith Lords
Obsidian's Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 3 would have featured the culmination of Revan's journey, which included standing face-to-face with ancient Sith Lords of unimaginable power. Knights of the Old Republic is one of the most popular Star Wars video game franchises of all-time, a statement that only becomes confusing once fans realize it has gone ignored for over a decade at this point with little indication there will ever be a return to the series.
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 3 was reportedly planned, at least up until the pitch stage, but never materialized beyond that. There's never really been a clear reason for why the game series, which was successful in both its iterations despite being developed by two different studios in BioWare and Obsidian, has never gotten another crack at mainstream video game success. Single-player games are in high demand at the moment, with many companies, including EA, scrambling to backpedal after a prioritization of multiplayer content and microtransactions soured fans on the Star Wars franchise.
According to ex-Obsidian writer Chris Avellone, the studio was prepared with a fleshed-out Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 3 pitch that never ended up going anywhere. Luckily for fans, Avellone remembers most of what the pitch entailed, and shared it in an interview with VG24/7. According to Avellone, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 2 contained foreshadowing for what Darth Revan was doing adjacent to that game's story, and would set up the larger plan of a confrontation against never-before-seen enemies:
"The third game involved you, as a player character, following where Revan went and then taking the battle to the really ancient Sith lords who are far more terrifying than the Darths that show up. These guys would just be monsters...you'd see how horrible that was. Part of that environment would tell a story about that. [That] would be a great, epic way to end the trilogy. The Old Republic are out there. We just didn't get a chance to do it."
While the ancient Sith would be initially mysterious, Avellone indicated that they wouldn't be quite as mysterious as Snoke in the new trilogy of films. The ancient Sith would have backstories that players could explore and uncover, giving fans greater insight into what these entities meant to the greater Star Wars universe as a whole. Unfortunately, the writer believes the pitches never worked because of several studios competing for it at once during a time when multiplayer gaming had become a bigger priority for studios.
It's interesting to discuss Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 3 because we're just months away from the release of a new single-player Star Wars adventure in Jedi: Fallen Order. If that game is successful, there's every chance EA might be interested in using its Star Wars license to produce more single-player adventures, and Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 3 will surely be near the top of a very short list of potential ready-made resurrections within the franchise. A fan can dream, right?