Chris Avellone: Knights of the Old Republic 2 restoration team "should be given a lot of kudos"

"There was a lot more we wanted to include in the title."

Knights of the Old Republic 2 lead designer Chris Avellone has praised, to Eurogamer, the efforts of voluntary The Sith Lords Restored Content Mod (TSLRCM) team.

For its work, which is now complete, the team deserves "a lot of kudos", he said.

"I have a lot of respect to TSLRCM for restoring the content, and I'm glad it can see the light of day," Obsidian's Avellone told Eurogamer.

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A wonderful picture of KOTOR2 baddie Darth Nihilus we found on DeviantArt, drawn by Obiwan00.

"There was a lot more that we wanted to include in the title, obviously, and the restoration mod should prove it.

"Those guys should be given a lot of kudos for their hard work, so for anyone who plays the restored content and enjoys it, let other fans know and give credit where credit is due: to TSLRCM."

The Sith Lords Restored Content Mod was born out of the stalled Sith Lords Restoration Project. Both were intended to fix the bugs that plagued the Obsidian-made Knights of the Old Republic sequel, as well as reinstate content that a rushed development schedule couldn't accommodate.

The open beta of TSLRCM began in late 2009. Three years later, and the bulk of the work is done. (The team plans to reinstate M4-78, the Droids' Planet, but will need to make a lot of the content itself. This is discussed in an interview with PC Gamer. ) There's a huge list of bug fixes, as well as a roundup of the lost content that lurked on the game disc but wasn't originally used.

The mod's authors are Zbyl2, DarthStoney, Hassat Hunter and VarsityPuppet. They jolly well deserve a pat on the back.

The Sith Lords Restored Content Mod can be downloaded from Mod DB.

Obsidian made the sequel to BioWare's Knights of the Old Republic in a little over a year. Knights of the Old Republic 2: The Sith Lords was rough and unpolished, but also more deep, wordy and moralistically grey than KOTOR1. Kieron Gillen reviewed Knights of the Old Republic 2 for Eurogamer.

Frustratingly, Knights of the Old Republic 2 can't be bought and downloaded from Steam or Origin. But there does seem to be a double-pack of KOTOR1 & 2 available in the US (thanks, repeater!).

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