Indie developer Red Fly Studio is making waves with an announcement made during a recent Reddit AMA to try to bring back their canceled Star Wars game focusing on The Phantom Menace villain Darth Maul.
The pitch will be “a full next gen demo of all things Maul to show to the powers that be.” The concept is intriguing, primarily because it focuses on a decidedly sinister character, whose appearance in the prequel films was all too brief.
We wanted to show what he went through to become a Sith. Showcase the torture the Emperor put him through. Show how you as the player would have made the same mistakes and ended up a Sith … The Jedi are incredibly flawed in their opinions on not getting involved but getting involved and spying on people and using their abilities to get what they want. They are just like the Sith but don’t admit it – the Sith admit it.
In April of 2014, Game Informer featured concept art and early footage of the title. This media featured dramatically different looks for the infamous Sith warrior, as well as concepts for fellow Darths Kroan, Krayt, and Inexor. However, the release met some stiff opposition from both LucasArts and George Lucas himself.
The game was originally intended to be a Wii exclusive title, but was then shifted into multi-platform development. The plot was complicated by the resurrection of Maul in the Clone Wars TV series — a development of which the developers were not informed. Finally, George Lucas came in midway through development, requesting that the game be altered to heavily incorporate new character Darth Talon in a “buddy cop-like experience.”
After the numerous complications, LucasArts reportedly cut off communication with Red Fly Studio altogether, and the project was ultimately cancelled. Now Borth and his team hope to sell their idea to EA. Dan has asked that people show their support with tweets to the Red Fly Studio twitter, and to add their voices to a #WeWantMaul hashtag campaign aimed at both Disney and Electronic Arts.
My inner geek is ecstatic at the possibility of exploring the Dark Side of the Star Wars universe in game form. For now, I’ll have to relegate myself to recreating epic movie scenarios in the upcoming DICE multiplayer shooter.
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