Monday, 26 October 2015

Canned Darth Maul Game Revival?

Red Fly Studio has announced that it plans to revive a cancelled Darth Maul game by pitching their idea to the publisher of the hotly anticipated Star Wars: Battlefront, EA.

Dan Borth from Red Fly actually announced the project on Reddit a day or so ago, and they were creating the game after their work on the Wii port of Star Wars: Force Unleashed 2. Currently they are in the process of "working on a full next gen demo of all things Maul to show to the powers that be".

LucasArts apparently cancelled the game's production in 2010, for plot reasons. The dual-saber wielding Sith was brought back to life and the game's story apparently conflicted with that. Also George Lucas simply did not like the premise - a bit unreasonable to be honest.

The studio doesn't seem to have much notable experience though- aside from that Force Unleashed port their latest release was TMNT: Out Of The Shadows, and that was met with average to slightly below average ratings on Metacritic. But to be honest, the leaked footage of the game (released last year) did look promising.

So far, the game looked to be centered on the early years of Darth Maul, back when he was only a presumably innocent 9-11 year old through to full fledged Sith of Episode 1. It was supposed to cover his transformation into the powerful Sith Lord, and make the player see a Sith's perspective. The above gameplay seemed to be a slower version of the Force Unleashed.

To be honest, I think the game looked like it had promise, but I'm not sure whether or not it would have been too similar to the Force Unleashed series. Also, with the studio's focus on the original and upcoming Star Wars movies for its games instead, as well as Battlefront itself, it may not have much luck getting approved.

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