We Nearly Had a Star Wars Game with Darth Maul
After LucasArt’s unfortunate closure, news of cancelled games have been slowly leaking online. This one in particular is sure to resonate among Sith fans out there, as it stars cult-favorite Darth Maul in what was supposedly a stealth action game.
Developed by Red Fly Studio, the Darth Maul title was originally conceived in 2010 as an origin story. However, LucasArts wanted it to link up with an upcoming season of animated TV series Star Wars: The Clone Wars, as it reintroduces the deadly Sith Lord who many had considered dead.
LucasArts finally cancelled the game in 2011, after alleged plans of acquiring Red Fly fell through. Unfortunately, the cancellation also cost the development studio 70 of its employees.
According to Game Informer, one developer described Maul as “insanely powerful and deadly, but one or two hits will take you out.” Inspired by Rocksteady’s Batman: Arkham Asylum, it sounds as if the game would have showcased Maul’s true strengths far better than the movie ever did.
On the other hand, maybe it’s for the best that this didn’t see the light of day. Red Fly Studio’s latest release, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, had a poor reception on Windows PC and Xbox 360.
We’ll never truly know what could have been but hey, at least we still have mods for the Jedi Knight series.
Update • 10 April 2014, 8:15AM
Game Informer has put up a post filled with amazing concept art. Thinking on this and the cancelled 1313 I now feel sad again.