That headline is a misnomer. Any HK-47 is the best HK-47 of all, mobile or otherwise. I am, of course, referring to everyone’s favorite cranky assassin droid from Knights of the Old Republic. In one of the strangest game announcements in recent memory, the iPad version of KOTOR was revealed to the world today in the form of an IGN review. What follows was the strangest collection of journalistic twists and turns I’ve ever seen. Many sites didn’t want to report that an iPad version of KOTOR existed, they instead reported that IGN had reviewed an iPad port of KOTOR as if the latter would be possible without the former. I’m all for hedging one’s bets and sure, I’ve had issue with IGN content in the past, but I’d never accuse them, or anyone for that matter, of outright lying and making up a review of a non-existent product.
I can certainly understand exclusive reviews, but keeping the very existence of your game completely under wraps until the review drops seems like an odd choice. I know that many PR shops are experimenting with shorter PR cycles, Evolve, for example, and I’m all for it, but there’s short and then there’s this. Sure, it’s great for the consumer to read about a game for the first time, see it in iTunes and buy it, but this is KOTOR we’re talking about. Even if the port was utter crap, many people would buy it just for the nostalgia factor. Instead we got a morning of articles about how this game may or may not exist.
I’m not sure what I’m going to do. I wouldn’t mind taking a walk on the Dark Side this time around, but for me, so much of what made KOTOR awesome was the story twist. Now that I know it’s coming, will it still be worth it? What’s a meatbag to do?