A bug in the Nintendo Switch port of Star Wars: KOTOR II leaves gamers furious after it’s discovered that it makes the game impossible to complete.
Gamers are upset after a significant bug in the release version of Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords has prevented them from completing the game.
The company behind the port, Aspyer Media, acknowledged the game-breaking bug in reply to a complaint regarding the issue on Twitter. “Hi, this is a known issue that will be addressed in the next patch,” said Aspyer, replying to the complaint. “While we cannot provide an ETA at this time, we will definitely let you know when the patch is live.”
After a cinematic showing Meetra Surik and his gang landing on the planet Onderon, players experiencing the bug are given a black screen that can’t be skipped or progressed past. Gamers have no option but to restart their game and explore other parts of the world, or find another game to play until a fix. Furthermore, the defect happens about halfway through the game, which like Star Wars: KOTOR I, takes around 30 hours to complete the main quests.
This isn’t the first time a game-breaking error has made rounds within the community. In 2007, players of the original release of Star Wars: KOTOR II reported a similar issue, again on Onderon, where the game would crash after trying to enter the merchant’s quarters.
After it was first announced at Star Wars Celebration Day in May that Star Wars: KOTOR II would be coming to the Nintendo Switch, gamers were quick to express their hype, expecting a nostalgic trip down memory lane while also getting a total overhaul. Many are now angry and concerned about how such a major issue could make it past testing, especially with how long Aspyr may have known about it.
Released in 2004, Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords is a role-playing game developed by Obsidian Entertainment, also known for its work on Fallout: New Vegas and South Park: The Stick of Truth. Set over 4,000 years before the events of the Star Wars films, the plot follows The Exile, a Jedi Knight who was banished from the Jedi Order at a time when the Sith had wiped out nearly all Jedi. The player must reconnect with the Force by either choosing to follow the light or dark side to gain special abilities. While not reaching the same critical and commercial acclaim as its predecessor, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, the game was still very successful, selling over 1.2 million copies by 2008.
Modern ports of Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords are available without the game-breaking crash on Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and Steam.
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