Canned Star Wars Game Filled with Darth Maul Villainy

Canned Star Wars Game Filled with Darth Maul Villainy

The iconic one-and-done Sith almost got the staring role in his own video game.

Say what you want about The Phantom Menace, Darth Maul was pretty kickass. The horns, the double-bladed lightsaber, the demonic colors, they all ranked up there with Darth Vader's intimidating death mask. Then he had to go and get chopped in half and pushed down a reactor shaft. According to Game Informer, Darth Maul was about to get his own game until it was canceled eight months into development.

According to the report, the project would have been made by Red Fly Studios, the developer behind the Wii port of The Force Unleashed 2. It was described as a "buddy cop-like experience" between Darth Maul and Sith Lady Darth Talon. The leaked footage shows a variety of lightsaber and force attacks similar to The Force Unleashed.

Reportedly, the only thing Red Fly was told was that Darth Maul survived being cut in half. He'd later reappear in The Clone Wars, but it's unclear if this conflict lead to the cancellation. From Red Fly's point of view, LucasArts stopped communicating with the developer and eventually killed the project in 2011, after only eight months of development.

While I know what they meant by the phrasing, I can't help but imagine what a real buddy cop movie would look like with two Sith masters. Oh, and Sith Lady is a totally underused title.

Andrea and Escapist News Now also chimed in:

Source: Game Informer via Polygon

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Maybe it's just a case of wanting what I can't have but that footage looks sick!

So, add another name to the list of Lucasarts closure casualties?

In a better, ideal world, Lucas would've kept Darth Maul around until the final movie, as a constant threat, until Anakin kills him... and replaces him. Sadly, that would've been far too cool.

Just the idea of anything that combines 'buddy cop' and 'Sith lords' sounds like fun. I would have been more than happy to buy such a game provided the writing wasn't abysmal just for the ridiculousness of the premise.

Nothing reacts like it was actually being hit with a lightsaber, in fact there is barely any game that does that well (Jedy Knight with mods does but then its just so easy since everyone dies with one hit).

Jedis are usually boring to play as since they are so overpowered and fights between jedis are just a cluster fuck of moves. I think the combat style of a jedi could work well with a similar gameplay to Ninja Gaiden rather then what most Star Wars games do.

Trishbot:
In a better, ideal world, Lucas would've kept Darth Maul around until the final movie, as a constant threat, until Anakin kills him... and replaces him. Sadly, that would've been far too cool.

To be fair, Darth Tyrannus is a pretty cool character. Well maybe not a great character but it is certainly great to see Christopher Lee playing a villain again. He does it just so well, if only he was the dark lord of the sith and then Senator Palpatine, who was secretly gathering forces to overtake Lord Tyrannus and establish the Empire. While becoming the dark lord of the sith was just an added benefit, but he needed Annakin Tyrannus together because Obi Wan, who defeated Maul before, could not be corrupted. I think I came up with an awesome plot to the prequels in my head just now.

The horns, the double-bladed lightsaber, the demonic colors, they all ranked up there with Darth Vader's intimidating death mask.

Up there with? Darth Maul made Vader look like a WWE wrestler! Maul looks like some satanic deamon, Vader looks like an asthmatic kid dressed up for Halloween!

Vader went for stoic intimidation, Maul went for just an evil presence.

As for the actual films, that maul vs Qui gon Jinn and Obi Wan Kenobi is shite! I am comparing it to modern films but still, it looks so stilted and slow.

Canceled? Why? Because there's no market for a game about a badass Sith lord? I'm kinda pissed right now.

Trishbot:
In a better, ideal world, Lucas would've kept Darth Maul around until the final movie, as a constant threat, until Anakin kills him... and replaces him. Sadly, that would've been far too cool.

That would be a world where George Lucas isn't an absolutely terrible director.

We keep learning of kickass Star Wars games getting canceled while fuckness like The Old Republic gets released? WHY?

Oh well. At least I still have my zabrak Sith assassin is Swtor...he'll never leave me ;-(

I revel in this new knowledge that I am not alone in thinking Darth Maul was badass and criminally underused.

it looked like death watch Mandalorians he was fighting, make me wonder if this was going to be set during the clone wars, which wouldnt be surprising seeing as he is in the show.

Darth Talon? She didn't show up for nearly a hundred and forty years into the future from the point where Maul was a live.

swiftax:
Oh well. At least I still have my zabrak Sith assassin is Swtor...he'll never leave me ;-(

Until they shut down the servers, because it's a loss of money. Then he'll be gone forever.

OT: This looks cool, but the implied fact that you could play as Spider-Centaur-Cyborg-Darth Maul would be even cooler. Even if it's basically just more Force Unleashed, that's not necessarily bad, is it?

RealRT:
We keep learning of kickass Star Wars games getting canceled while fuckness like The Old Republic gets released? WHY?

Because EA secretly hates Star Wars. >.>

Nah. I'd guess the reason is supposed "mass appeal." Hey, wonder how that's working out.

"I CUT YOU IN HALF!!!"

"I got better."

anthony87:
Maybe it's just a case of wanting what I can't have but that footage looks sick!

Yeah. That seems likely.
Its not like Star Wars games don't often look sick until we actually get to... play them.

Adam Jensen:

Trishbot:
In a better, ideal world, Lucas would've kept Darth Maul around until the final movie, as a constant threat, until Anakin kills him... and replaces him. Sadly, that would've been far too cool.

That would be a world where George Lucas isn't an absolutely terrible director.

Really? There is some love out there for Maul? I think he was cool because it was the first time lightsaber duels looked like movie choreography instead of two people poking with sticks, but I couldn't care less about the character.
He only grunts; he never speaks; he has no personality; he is threatening only because he looks pissed all the time. And to visually design an evil character as "wears black, is red skinned with red eyes, forked teeth and pointy horns" is so unimaginative that I first thought it was parody. At least Christopher Lee is a lot more interesting as a character.

hermes200:

Adam Jensen:

Trishbot:
In a better, ideal world, Lucas would've kept Darth Maul around until the final movie, as a constant threat, until Anakin kills him... and replaces him. Sadly, that would've been far too cool.

That would be a world where George Lucas isn't an absolutely terrible director.

Really? There is some love out there for Maul? I think he was cool because it was the first time lightsaber duels looked like movie choreography instead of two people poking with sticks, but I couldn't care less about the character.
He only grunts; he never speaks; he has no personality; he is threatening only because he looks pissed all the time. And to visually design an evil character as "wears black, is red skinned with red eyes, forked teeth and pointy horns" is so unimaginative that I first thought it was parody. At least Christopher Lee is a lot more interesting as a character.

He doesn't really speak in the movie, yeah, but you can only rarely judge a Star Wars character without the Extended Universe. And, yes, there's a lot of cool stuff about Maul from the EU. Like this little phase:

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I'd pay to see that in a movie.

josemlopes:
Nothing reacts like it was actually being hit with a lightsaber, in fact there is barely any game that does that well (Jedy Knight with mods does but then its just so easy since everyone dies with one hit).

To be fair, it was only 8 months in development, they still had time to work on it.

That doesn't negate the other point to your post, though. That being that no SW game has ever had proper light-saber damage.

OT: Guess I'll just have to get by with playing as Darth Maul in BFII.

God, he's obscenely OP in that game too. Kills the fuck outta everything.

Soviet Heavy:
Darth Talon? She didn't show up for nearly a hundred and forty years into the future from the point where Maul was a live.

Good. So I'm not the only one who went, "Wait, what?" You are correct. The only Darth Talon I'm familiar with is the one from the Star Wars Legacy comics, and it takes place long after the movies. So either Talon has found the Fountain of Youth and just pretended to go through all the Sith training again, or this would have been a different Talon. Who was female. And probably would have been a Twi'lek. Because reasons. :-)

silver wolf009:
He doesn't really speak in the movie, yeah, but you can only rarely judge a Star Wars character without the Extended Universe. And, yes, there's a lot of cool stuff about Maul from the EU. Like this little phase:

image

I'd pay to see that in a movie.

That would have been better than the lame Count Doofus fight.

YOU ARE TEARING ME APART, LUCASARTS!

J Tyran:

silver wolf009:
He doesn't really speak in the movie, yeah, but you can only rarely judge a Star Wars character without the Extended Universe. And, yes, there's a lot of cool stuff about Maul from the EU. Like this little phase:

image

I'd pay to see that in a movie.

That would have been better than the lame Count Doofus fight.

And as the red and black demon of a man stepped forth from the shadows, he proclaimed...

"I'm the god damn Spider King!!

Ticket purchases were validated, and jaws hit the ground.

I think Darth Maul really was a sick character design and wasn't even given the chance to be a good character. He was not developed and except for visually he was almost completely ignored. Might as well replaced him with a CGI cat. Funny thing about him too was that there are 2 actors being paid for that one small part. One is Ray Park who had semi major role as a knife wielding super fast villain in the 4th season of heroes, and also he is voiced (yes he has 3 lines in the movie and they payed a separate voice actor to voice them!)by Peter Serafinowicz who's name is impossible to spell, and is best known for being Pete in Shaun of the Dead (the 3rd flat mate in the beginning). All this effort makes me wonder if the part wasn't cut down significantly in the final version.

Long story short, I would have loved to play this game...

Honestly I don't give a shit. Maul looked like a bloody generic sci-fi devil, barely said anything, and even in the godawfull cartoon he was just angst, and pain, and anger, and revenge and for fucks sake you and sasuke should get a room you fucking pansies! For fucks sake you shoot lightning, can deflect bulets and can chop people in half with a magic energy sword! FUCKING SUCK IT UP.
And don't you dare compare this absolute joke with no personality and absolutly generic look for the star wars universe to Vader. For those of you who didn;t get it allow me to explain: Vader was intimitading and scary precisely because he looked like a giant. He looked like a normal human and we know he used to be one, yet the size and the mask made him look like a larger than life beeing, augment by technology (that was what Obi-Wan's line implined, not fucking choped limbs replaced by abnormaly larged implants that would make movement imposible) and the force. He was a force of fucking nature. His voice could freeze your blood in your veins, he had a galaxy conquering army at his back AND THE BEST PART? He knew this! He fucking ACTED LIKE IT. The guy was so chill and calm no matter what happened, he basicaly knows there is just one person who can best him and treats everyone else like you treat a fly just flying in your field of vision. The only time he lost his cool was when he saw his son getting tortured! Vader is the guy who would just take one look at maul then choke the bitch and move on. (side note: this is how much lucas sucks a bag of dicks. vader was turned back to the light side because he loved his son! so what do i do in the prequels? duuuuuuuh .... Jedi can't love, Jedi must control and supres their emotions and feelings. Like that Vader guy did the whole original trilogy ... *proceeds to bang head on keyboard while screaming "I write movie" repetadly*)

And before you complain another star wars game got canceled: hahahahahahahahahahaha you sad, credulous and optimistic people. I'm just going to save you the pain of what is happening to Battlefront 3 right now ... or maybe not. You thought Battlefield 4 was bad and buggy? Then get ready for an extra serving of shit with diarheea on top and a glass of frozen piss when Battlefront 3 comes out. (have a friend who tests the game and he showed me a five minutes session more buggy then the whole of skyrim. least i know not to waste money on that)

Such a shame. Darth Maul had always been my favorite Sith Lord, if only because of appearances. His duel with Qui-Gonn and Obi-Wan was easily my favorite in the entire saga (even if his death was really cheap), and he had always just come off to me as pretty damned evil, both in looks and personality (what little we see of it anyway). I would have loved to see his character expanded upon, or hell, to just play as him in general.

And no, I did not care much for his role in Clone Wars. That was just way too convoluted for my tastes. I personally liked how he was portrayed in the comic "Old Wounds" better, but I was all right when he was just plain dead. Even if Obi-Wan did cheat.

We could have had Darth Maul and Darth Talon in a game looking that good?

FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFUCK!

Why was this canned and who needs to be put on my 'to-kill' list?

 

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