The Austin-based studio behind a lot of mediocre Star Wars ports and remasters was acquired by Embracer Group in 2021, with the hope that they would be given a shot at an actual remake of the first Knights of the Old Republic. The project was apparently very much in the early stages of development when it got announced at a PS5 showcase in 2022, and it generated tons of excitement for fans of the series.
It wasn’t long before a couple of leads were let go and the entire project was put on hold. Sometime later, it was revealed that the game had been canceled and the developers would be moved over to Saber Interactive to handle the work, with the hope of releasing the full version in 2023 or later.
Last year the Switch port of KOTOR 2 was released, and with it came the promise of DLC that would add in the Restored Content Mod, which had been a fan-made mod on PC that brought back content cut from the original KOTOR 2. The DLC was supposed to release this month, but it has now been canceled, and Aspyr Media hasn’t made any official word on the matter.
That has prompted players to launch a class action lawsuit against Aspyr and Saber, with Malachi Mickelonis taking on the case with a lawsuit filed on October 3 in the US District Court for the Central District of California. The plaintiff claims that he and the rest of the class wouldn’t have purchased the Switch port of KOTOR 2 if they had known that the DLC wasn’t going to release, and that they are owed a refund.
As of writing, neither Aspyr nor Saber has commented on the matter publicly, and it’s possible that they simply don’t care. It is, however, rather odd that they would just brush this off as a regular cancellation in an industry where such things are commonplace.
While it’s not clear whether or when the DLC will ever be released, Aspyr is currently offering those who bought the Switch version of KOTOR 2 a free game key for a different Star Wars title as a way to appease them. The free games on offer include KOTOR 2 for Steam, Star Wars: Episode I Racer, and more, and can be claimed through Aspyr’s support page (though it isn’t very clear how). If you’re interested in seeing the full class action lawsuit, you can check out the filing here. It’s not very lengthy, but it does contain some pretty interesting allegations regarding deceptive marketing practices. The Defendants have until October 4 to respond to the complaint.