Red Fly Studio discusses the possibility of its previously cancelled Star Wars project focusing on Darth Maul making a comeback sometime in the future.
Red Fly Studio’s Dan Borth conducted an AMA on Reddit yesterday, with the thread mostly pertaining to the Star Wars Darth Maul video game that got cancelled, and the steps being taken to resurrect it. The open discussion was informative with a lighthearted tone, as Borth revealed that the prospective title’s story would span from Maul as a youngling right up to the beginning of Episode I: The Phantom Menace, with the Red Fly Studio employee tacking on his belief that Jedis are just Siths who aren’t as forthcoming about their goals.
Although Red Fly Studio’s Star Wars game was axed, Borth made it clear during the Q&A that the studio is doing all it can to revive the Darth Maul title. He also elaborated that in order to do so, developers would need to create strong conceptual designs in order to impress Electronic Arts higher-ups who wield the decision as to whether or not it gets green-lit once more, saying:
“We are currently working on a full next gen demo of all things Maul to show to the powers that be. It’s been a lot of work on our off time. . . . We have been burning a candle for this game since it was killed in hopes we can get it turned back on again. IF that is to happen we need to approach EA with a demo that will impress them. I think we have that or are close to it. Still it is completely not up to us.”
Due to the Darth Maul project being so early in development, Borth didn’t exactly have concrete examples as to what the game’s aesthetics would resemble, much less what the fighting system would be like. Be that as it may, he did touch on of the fact that developers studied the atmosphere and Freeflow combat of Rocksteady Studio’s Batman: Arkham series for inspiration, as Electronic Arts’ CEO Andrew Wilson mentioned in the past. Regarding the matter, Borth said, “Hopefully EA will see the value in us reskinning our combat mechanic to be more in line with what they are thinking for Star Wars if they are not interested in Maul.”
Due to his mystique, Darth Maul was one of the more compelling characters to come out of the prequels to the original Star Wars trilogy. Giving fans an in-depth exploration of his story could work well, and pick up where The Force Unleashed left off as far as utilizing a protagonist who leans more toward the Dark Side is concerned. However, with Episode VII: The Force Awakens hitting theaters soon, it’s possible that future Star Wars games—Battlefront excluded—might focus on the burgeoning lore of the sci-fi universe instead of revisiting older ideas.
While it’s unclear as to when or if the Darth Maul title will ever see the light of day, or for which platforms it would be developed, at least Star Wars fans have Star Wars Battlefront to look forward to on November 17, 2015 on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.