Canceled Darth Maul stealth game headed back to development?

Developers at Red Fly Studios aren't giving up the fight for a game featuring the stealthy sith hunter, Darth Maul.

Developer Dan Borth of Red Fly Studios, the company who previously worked on the Darth Maul game, Battle of the Sith Lords held an AMA on Reddit over the weekend to discuss their canceled project and the current push to get it back into development. 

Canceled back in 2011 with the blame placed squarely on Disney's buyout of Lucasfilm, Battle of the Sith Lords would have featured the Emperor's apprentice as the main character, and was meant to show that his story didn't end with his separation in The Phantom Menace. Footage hit the internet in April of 2014 showing Darth Maul strolling around a flight hangar before battling it out with some Mandalorians in full Sith style.

Watch footage from canceled Darth Maul video game

The game's previous development hit their biggest hurdle in crafting a storyline around the game which George Lucas himself approved of. Developers had several plots circulating before the game was ultimately axed. Battle of the Sith Lords joined Lucasfilm's own Star Wars: 1313 featuring the bounty hunter Boba Fett as another video game casualty. But Red Fly Studios hasn't stopped their fight yet.

"We have been burning a candle for this game since it was killed in hopes we can get it turned back on again," - Dan Borth

Dan and other developers have been hard at work tweaking things for the game's story to improve what was holding them up last time.

"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." - Dan Borth

In the AMA Dan explained that his studio hasn't given up hope on the game and that they're currently working on a full next gen demo saying, "It's been a lot of work in our off time." The unofficial prototype will be shown to EA Games, the holder of the franchise's game rights, and hopefully will impress them enough to greenlight it.

Are you as eager as we are to play as the rampaging, hate-filled, tattooed Sith Lord? Stick around for more updates!


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Published Oct. 27th 2015

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