Update: Liam Robertson has replied to us shortly after this story was published. While we contacted Mr. Robertson last night for clarifications, he has requested that further discussion on the information given from his podcast not be released to the public.
“The podcast is intended for my supporters who back in good faith and occasionally get to find out something cool in return. I never advertise its content,” stated Robertson. “It’s just meant to be a surprise for them, so I don’t want to devalue that by talking about this stuff publicly.”
Mr. Robertson has asked that those interested in more information to seek out his patreon page, and back his campaign to hear the podcasts for themselves.
Mr. Robertson was kind enough to divulge one bit of new information regarding project Dylan, the title is a code-name with little significance to the title, likely based on BioWare’s habit of giving code names to musicians or animals. The official name of the project will be selected before E3 this year.
Original Story: Some major rumors are spreading again over BioWare, but this time it concerns upcoming games from the developers.
The rumors again come from historian and journalist Liam Robertson, who discussed BioWare recently on his podcast, which is available to patreon backers.
Robertson is widely respected for his work on his youtube series Unseen64, and has released insider information in the past, including last week’s report regarding the animation issues in Mass Effect: Andromeda.
On the podcast, Robertson discussed two games concerning BioWare, the first being the secretive new IP which has been in development for at least four years. According to Robertson, the IP is planned to be a MMO-style co-op title, in the same vein as other online games such as Destiny and The Division. It will be a sci-fi setting, which is currently named ‘Dylan’ by BioWare.
Robertson is not sure if Dylan is only a code-name or not, but he does believe the name is related to one of the game’s major characters. The name Dylan has also been the name of the project for four years. Robertson also describes the game as being ‘semi-MMO’ and is a “huge scale project” by BioWare standards, making it one of the largest games they have ever tackled as a studio.
Another detail about Dylan is the main character is supposedly a “gorgeous Adonis” while a major female character is “more schlubby looking” in comparison. Both of these details, however, are unconfirmed by Robertson, unlike the other information he shared, which he is certain is 100% accurate.
BioWare is also planning to show off more of Dylan really soon, at E3 2017. The game itself is planned for a 2018 release.
This is not the only piece of BioWare rumors, however. On the same podcast, Robertson discussed the possibility of the developers reviving Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic at the BioWare Austin studio. According to Robertson, BioWare Austin is now working exclusively on Star Wars titles for EA, and one of the games they are doing right now is some kind of remake or revival of KOTOR.
Now it is important to note that this might not be a full-blown remake of KOTOR or a game with the KOTOR name. One possibility is borrowing the structure of KOTOR instead. According to Robertson:
“I don’t really know how that game will end up, i’ve heard that it isn’t exactly a remake anymore, but it started as a remake/revival. Now it’s kind of going from that blueprint in sort of it’s own original thing. I guess we’ll see what that turns out to be, but they are prototyping it right now.
“I think this is sort of like wiping the slate clean. I think this is going to embrace the new Star Wars universe lore because Knights of the Old Republic was sort of just pushed into the expanded universe, the Legends canon of Star Wars.”
BioWare Austin is currently the developer of the MMO Star Wars: The Old Republic, which was released in 2011. BioWare has continued to update The Old Republic regularly, with the latest addition being Knights of the Eternal Throne, released in December of 2016.
Currently, The Old Republic is the only active piece of the Star Wars media not to be set in the new, official canon created by Disney.
All of the information above, of course, is not 100% confirmed to be public. We contacted Robertson for further comments, but he did not respond to TechRaptor at this time. We will update the story if more information is released.
So what are your thoughts on all of this? Excited for more Star Wars, or the mysterious project Dylan? Leave your comments below.