Obsidian, the folks hard at work on South Park: The Stick of Truth could well be starting another entry into the Star Wars universe. At least they hope to be as they’re reaching out to Disney to pitch the project.
Having previously developed Knights of the Old Republic II, Obsidian aren’t thinking about venturing back into the ancient timeline – partly due to the floundering BioWare MMO. Instead they’re looking at hitting right were the movies are – an area Disney could well be interested in due to restarting the franchise from Episode VII.
“We pitched a between-Episode III and Episode IV game [to LucasArts]. 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 OK. 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.”
Initially the pitch was levelled at LucasArts, it seemed to be of interest to them too. Now though, LucasArts sold the rights off to Disney and it could well be back to square one. That hasn’t deterred Urqhart though
“It’s something we’re still hoping for, even with the Disney/Lucas stuff going on,” said Urquhart. “It changes things a lot, but you know, we’re gonna push on it. I would say it’s within the top three pitches we’ve ever come up with. We really worked on it hard and distilled it down to these eight or ten pages that really sold the story and characters. Then we sold it off to LucasArts and got a call back later that day. They were like, ‘This seems really cool. We want to talk to you guys, like, tomorrow about it.’”
“We haven’t [talked with Disney yet]. 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].”
Personally, another KotOR game would be grand, however we understand Obsidian’s trepidation. Perhaps another entry along the same vein would be good though, after all the KotOR games are the best titles that the StarWars franchise has produced.