As geeks, we owe George Lucas a lot for creating the world of Star Wars. But lots of the later things he did with his beloved franchise have lead many of us to believe he didn't even understand the universe he had created. In the latest issue of Game Informer they report that Red Fly had been tapped to develop a video game centered around Darth Maul.
Red Fly, who had successfully developed Star Wars: The Force Unleashed 2 for the Wii, pushed forward with development on the Darth Maul game in 2010. The game was intended to be released on PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U, and PC.
Around October 2010, things got derailed when George Lucas got involved. Via Polygon:
"According to Game Informer, Lucas wanted a 'buddy cop-like experience' with Darth Maul and Darth Talon — a Sith Lady separated by more than 170 years of Star Wars fiction from Maul — teaming up as friends. Red Fly tried to make that new direction work, figuring out gameplay mechanics to satisfy LucasArts' suggestions."
Damn you George Lucas! You took a perfectly good game and pooped on it. It's clear from the prequel trilogy that you had atrophied your storytelling capability. Then you're forcing a "buddy cop-like experience" into a Star Wars game about Darth Maul. What the hell?! He's a stealthy Sith assassin, why would he need a buddy?
Imagine an open world game like Assassins Creed where Darth Maul is roaming Coruscant and the universe at large killing targets for Palpatine. That would be badass and make so much money because it uses a successful game genre.
Maybe the team at Red Fly figured out a way that would make the "buddy cop-like experience" work, I guess we'll never know. LucasArts attempted to buy Red Fly at some point during development. The whole project and acquisition were canceled around June 2011. Ironically, as many gamers know, LucasArts was closed in April 2013 after Disney's acquisition of Lucasfilm.
Being the dual lightsaber wielding Darth Maul is a game idea I still hope happens. With all the studios currently making Star Wars games, like EA DICE and BioWare, it seems like an idea that is ripe with possibilities.
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