In February, a remake of Star Wars: Knights Of The Old Republic being built using Epic’s Unreal Engine surfaced online. Now, the first in-game video of the project, which is being called Aperion, has been released and it looks rather good.
The video, which was exclusively given to YouTube user MrMattyPlays, shows off a number of environments from the game including Lower City Taris, Endar Spire, Achorhead on Tatooine, and Upper City Taris. Check it out above.
MrMattyPlays notes that the footage represents a game “in a very early state of development, pre-alpha.” Aspects such as material, lighting, and meshes are still being worked on, and there are some placeholders too.
Additionally, the perspective used in the video is first-person, which is a change from the original game. Although the third-person view will also be available, the developer behind the fan-remake has said it intends to introduce some new elements to the BioWare classic to modernise it.
“While Apeiron is a remake of Knights of the Old Republic we also wanted to add things that the original didn’t have. One of those things is giving the player a choice to switch between first and third-person,” game director Taylor Trotter previously told GameSpot. “The functionality is already in the game and the player simply has to press their [F] key to change the POV.”
Apeiron is being developed by indie gaming group Poem Studios with help from fans of the Star Wars RPG. The team has posted pictures of areas Endar Spire and Tatooine, and you can see them for yourself below.
According to Poem Studios it is allowed to make a remake of BioWare’s game, which was published by EA, but it can’t sell it. That means when the remake releases, it’ll be free. It has indicated it may accept donations towards the development effort in the future.
“We are looking to have a larger portion of the game finished and polished before there is any kind of monetary backing,” the developer wrote on its website.