Drew Karpyshyn Talks Star Wars: The Old Republic, Darth Bane, Darth Revan, the New Canon and More!

DrewKarpyshynDrew Karpyshyn wrote the scenario and much of the dialogue for Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, and was one of the lead writers and planners on Jade Empire, as well as working on several games in the Baldur’s Gate series. His biggest project was the Mass Effect series of games. His third book, Darth Bane: Path of Destruction was published by Del Rey Ballantine Books in 2006. Our friends at Schmoes Know interviewed Drew, discussing all kinds of interesting stuff like The Old Republic, the new Star Wars canon, how he created Darth Bane and more.



From Schmoes Know:

Kristian is back with another Star Wars video. This time he sits down to chat with the author of Darth Bane as well as Darth Revan, one of the creators of The Knights of the Old Republic storyline- Drew Karpyshyn! We talk about The Old Republic and what it means for the new Star Wars canon. We dive into the creation of Darth Bane and how Drew felt to have Mark Hamil voice the character in The Clone Wars series. We also touch on Mass Effect’s chances of getting a movie and Drew tells us about his trilogy of books The Chaos Born Trilogy. It is a great interview, Drew is the man, take a listen!


I’m a big fan of Karpyshyn and I really hope we will see more from him in the new Star Wars canon.


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24 thoughts on “Drew Karpyshyn Talks Star Wars: The Old Republic, Darth Bane, Darth Revan, the New Canon and More!

  • January 15, 2015 at 3:51 pm

    Off topic (sorry): Will there be an article about the new Marvel Star Wars comic which started to sell yesterday? I am dying to hear about what it is like and what are the readers’ feedbacks.


  • January 15, 2015 at 5:12 pm

    I would really love to see KOTOR and KOTOR II reintroduced to the canon, with a proper KOTOR III made by Obsidian. I kind of liked SWTOR and the Revan book, but those are just doesn’t have the same magic which made the OT and the two KOTOR games so amazing.

    By the way, is there someone who knows how the contract between EA and Disney works? Is it possible for other game developers outside of the EA circle to make Star Wars games?

    • January 18, 2015 at 8:06 am

      Bio ware is working on a untitled Star Wars game as we speak

    • January 18, 2015 at 5:59 pm

      I agree. I loved KOTOR and sorta liked KOTOR 2. If Kotor 1 was made into a movie I think it would do well and I’d love to see it.

      I feel like KOTOR 2, Revan (the book) and SWTOR kind of ruined the KOTOR 1 story though.

  • January 15, 2015 at 5:18 pm

    The Bane Trilogy are my favorite Sith books.
    So glad his character became canon.
    The only Sith from the books to survive the great Disney purge.

    • January 15, 2015 at 6:44 pm

      And Plagueis!

    • January 15, 2015 at 7:13 pm

      Lucas created Bane, Karpyshyn fleshed him out, however.

      • January 16, 2015 at 11:52 am

        Graham Nolan And Chuck Dixon created Bane in 1993.
        Bob Kane creator of Batman, take the B and replace the K.
        Lucas creates rule of two main baddie as Bane.
        So sad, already a character in Batman and a wrestler. Bane in Eu looks like the Crow on steroids, or Sting, the wrestler.
        Then we got Cad Bane in the Filoni-verse!
        Now Lucas did have a character in one of his early drafts as Kane. But that was so obviously from Kung Fu’s Kwai Chang Caine.
        Bane in Star Wars is too distracting.

    • January 15, 2015 at 7:16 pm

      Bane hasn’t been created by him. He has been created by Lucas. Karpyshyn developped his story, but only the character is canon now, not his story.

    • January 16, 2015 at 11:56 am

      Bane is boring

  • January 15, 2015 at 9:51 pm

    I’m Darth Shepard, and this is my favorite Star Wars new site on the Internet!

    • January 15, 2015 at 10:35 pm

      But the elevator ride is a real bastard.

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  • January 15, 2015 at 10:57 pm

    kotor and kotor 2 games should be canon, but just the games, not the comics, because they mess with the game story

    • January 16, 2015 at 11:33 pm

      No they shouldn’t.

      • January 18, 2015 at 1:18 am

        You can’t say nothing in this site without a fool trying to prove you’re wrong

    • January 18, 2015 at 6:18 pm

      Maybe. I don’t really like what Kotor 2 did to the story of Kotor 1. I mean, (rant warning) you do all of this work to save the republic and the jedi order and then it is all destroyed in Kotor 2. It was like you did all that work for nothing. The second most important thing in Kotor 1 was your romance with Bastilla, but that is all for nothing. It would have been better if Revan and Bastilla had gone off together to fight the Sith Empire and died trying to stop it. Otherwise, what is so important about their “Special connection?” It wasn’t special enough to stop Revan and the Outcast or whatever her name was from getting together.

  • January 16, 2015 at 1:40 am

    The Bane series was soooo good. I could only hope they would decide to re-canonize that story

    • January 16, 2015 at 9:18 am

      I agree. The darth name book series was great. The revan book was pretty decent. I do really hope they dive into the darth bane stuff. So many people loved or hated the EU. Seems most people didn’t really care for it but everything I read was great. Especially stuff pre-OT era. Which is mostly what I read or got into. The stuff after the OT just seemed so bland. Just seemed they could only continue the skywalker legacy for the sake of the sure route. I for one am glad they did away with the EU simply so we can have new stories and what not. For all the bitching about EU being dead and what is or isn’t canon, as a fan, it just seems like a better idea to be able to start fresh. Or come up with new stuff. Endless possibilities can’t be the worst thing.

  • January 16, 2015 at 11:32 pm

    Drew Karpyshyn didn’t create Darth Bane why does he say he did? What a jackass I hope they keep him as far away from future star wars projects as possible.

    Old Republic is NOT and WILL not be canon it belongs to legends.WTF? Just because Disney and LFL didnt specifically mention the KOTOR game and the Old Republic books when they reorganized the canon doesn’t mean it was “spared” the reorganizing of Star Wars canon.

    I don’t wanna have to think about how the Sith Emperor has hack ass life extending powers and how some crazy bitch tried to wound the force, or how Darth Bane got covered in parasites and made himself an armor suit thingy when I’m watching Star Wars movies or TV shows.
    The slow motion over the top antics in the Old Republic trailers defies the spirit of Star Wars movies and makes me feel like I’m watching some shitty matrix/star wars fan mash up.

    Long live “legends” where this kinda shit belongs.

    • January 23, 2015 at 7:26 pm

      Haters gonna hate.

  • January 18, 2015 at 1:47 am

    Keep Drew Krapyshyn away from Star Wars and Bioware while you’re at it too.. they have no idea of what the star wars universe is and ruined what should have been an amazing MMO set in the tales of the sith/jedi era with rubbish design bad asthetics and WoW rip off game play. The only canon that Drew should be let near has a fuse!!

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