A collection of concept art emerges for a cancelled Star Wars game that would have cast players in the role of Darth Maul, released by one of the artists who worked on the game.
Fans are no doubt waiting for a sequel to Star Wars: Battlefront as well as the mystery Star Wars game being developed by Visceral Games and Amy Hennig. Looking back at the recent history of Star Wars games, however, there is one that was in development but never saw the light of day – and that one looked to be a very dark game.
No, it’s not Star Wars: 1313, which many hoped would breathe new life into Star Wars video games before it was cancelled. There was another project in development a few years ago, a third-person action game that aimed to let players control the villain, Darth Maul.
An artist who worked on the project just recently posted a number of concept art pieces and more on his personal ArtStation page. The artist, Thomas Szakolczay, says he worked on “Project Maul” in 2011 with LucasArts and Red Fly Studios to develop the art direction for the game.
The game was set after the events of Return of the Jedi and looked to take the franchise in a dark and gritty direction. According to Szakolczay, the game was in development for one year, which also happened to occur right around the time Disney acquired Lucasfilm and LucasArts. As many know, Disney shuttered LucasArts and put an end to all the projects the company was working on, including Star Wars: 1313.
Szakolczay’s work includes concept art for a number of characters, including Sith Lords, bounty hunters, and a Jedi. He also designed a number of environmental concept art as well as signage that would have appeared in those environments.
For those wishful that the Darth Maul game might eventually get a chance of being revived, the likelihood is next to none. Despite some notable fan interest and Red Fly Studios expressing a desire in resurrecting the game, EA (who is now responsible for game development involving Star Wars) has pretty much shut the door on that possibility.
It is definitely interesting to see what could have been, especially with Darth Maul becoming a recurring character in the Star Wars universe over the years, being (literally) brought back from the dead in The Clone Wars TV show, and is most recently in the current season of Star Wars Rebels. Unfortunately, it looks likely that the resurrection of this video game is one step too far for the villain.