We can’t think of a better, more apt term for this reaction, because we got the feeling that Sony wasn’t taking us seriously.
Recently, we wrote about the separate announcement video for Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic Remake that Sony had hidden on YouTube and deleted tweets about on Twitter. No wonder we forgot about the game, it was announced at the PlayStation Showcase 2021, and although two years have passed, we haven’t heard anything about it since, except for a rumor (release date unknown, as the original developers are no longer involved).
We asked Sony, Embracer Group (owners of Aspyr Media, the former developers), or LucasFilm Games (aka Disney, the licensee) to comment on the situation, but in the end, Sony responded. Stephen Totilo, writing for Axios, shared the statement on Twitter that a Sony spokesperson wrote: “As part of normal business, we delist assets with licensed music when the licenses expire.” Totilo received this response after Disney forwarded him to Sony.
The answer is unusual, even incomprehensible: How can a music license expire for something that has not even been released yet? What kind of license lasts only two years? Why do we not see this in other cases? Is that really all there is to it? On the PlayStation YouTube channel there are several Star Wars trailers that are up to ten years old and still publicly available. So what the Sony spokesperson wrote seems to be a lie.
Embracer Group has confirmed that Saber Interactive is also working on the Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic remake, and several sources at Bloomberg have suggested that the company has allegedly taken over development. If this is true, why can’t it be officially confirmed in a few lines of a statement? It would calm the nerves.