The long wait for Apeiron has been in naught. Lucasfilm has officially shut down the highly anticipated remake of Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic.
Poem Studios has been working on the ambitious full-conversion mod of KOTOR since 2015. Unfortunately, the project was shut down because of its "unlicensed use of Lucasfilm intellectual property." The project's leader Taylor Trotter shared the devastating news on Twitter.
"It's with a great sadness that I'm posting today; I recently received a letter from Lucasfilm instructing Poem to end production on Apeiron," Trotter wrote. "After a few days, I've exhausted my options to keep it afloat; we knew this day was a possibility. I'm sorry and may the force be with you."
It's with a great sadness that I'm posting today; I recently received a letter from Lucasfilm instructing Poem to end production on Apeiron. After a few days, I've exhausted my options to keep it afloat; we knew this day was a possibility. I'm sorry and may the force be with you pic.twitter.com/OCRmMIjwGT— Poem Studios (@PoemStudios) October 11, 2018
The letter from Lucasfilm stressed that the "affection and enthusiasm" is greatly appreciated but demanded that the project must be halted.
"Lucasfilm is the exclusive owner of all intellectual property rights in and to the Star Wars major motion pictures, games, and any other Star Wars content. As such, Poem Studios' continued use of Lucasfilm's intellectual property and references to the KOTOR game is misleading to the public and is likely to create confusion as to whether it is affiliated with Lucasfilm. Lucasfilm does not permit its names, characters, logos, copyrights and/or trademarks to be used without authorization."
It's certainly a major blow on all the talented fans who worked so hard on the remake. After all, the idea was not to give KOTOR an overhaul but to simply improve it. Although the studio was hopeful that Lucasfilm would permit the project, it looks like it simply won't work out this time.
Poem Studios has been given until October 15 to "destroy all code and materials related to the project". They are required to provide a written confirmation stating that Apeiron will no longer be pursued.