Report: There was going to be Batman-inspired Darth Maul Star Wars game

New report sheds light on console game that LucasArts would eventually cancel.

Developer Red Fly (Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II) was working on a Star Wars game starring the nefarious Sith Lord Darth Maul that took inspiration from Batman: Arkham Asylum, but it was not meant to be. The latest issue of Game Informer (via IGN) goes into depth about the unannounced game, which was reportedly in development for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Wii U.

According to an anonymous source, Maul was going to be "insanely powerful and deadly" in the game, which was allegedly codenamed "Damage." Star Wars steward LucasArts had supposedly originally conceived a Darth Maul origin story, but would later shift its plans to tie the game to an upcoming season of animated show The Clone Wars.

Star Wars creator George Lucas also was supposedly involved in Damage, shifting the game's direction and creating story elements for Darth Krayt and Darth Talon. At one point, LucasArts reportedly considered buying Red Fly outright, but this never materialized, and LucasArts canceled Damage in 2011.

LucasArts itself effectively shut down around a year ago. Going forward, core installments in the Star Wars video game series are being developed by Electronic Arts. Battlefield developer DICE is currently working on an all-new Star Wars: Battlefront game, while Dead Space creator Visceral Games--led by former Uncharted director Amy Hennig--is at work on a mystery entry in the beloved sci-fi series.

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colbster
colbster

1) Create coolest Star Wars character since Boba Fett

2) Give him one line

3) Kill him off

4) Make an annoying Gungan talk a lot over all three movies

FLEEBS
FLEEBS

Wow. This would have been so cool.


And I would just like to state that Darth Maul was the biggest waste of an awesome character that ever was.


Thanks, Lucas.


Seriously? A tie in to The Clone Wars? What another incredible waste.

Celerity11
Celerity11

im putting my hopes in you Visceral!

isshiah
isshiah

*cries like a baby*


Why tell us this? I don't want to know what I missed out on. It's like telling me, had I caught a different train, I would have bumped into a long lost friend.

aidsta
aidsta

BOOOO!! I would have loved to play as Darth Maul.

Alex4789123
Alex4789123

Well, it was going to be made by the same people who did the force unleashed 2, so it would of been horrible. Besides, the clone wars ruined mauls character.

deadpen
deadpen

Waiting on KoToR III

bu3aDeL_Maz
bu3aDeL_Maz

BEST SITH LORD EVER! i like him more than slow-moving dath vador... I understand vador has his character and his voice, but still Darth Maul was more experienced with the light saber , i mean he has a long stick that glows on both sides! and he fought 2 awesome Jedis and practically won!


hope he gets his own game one day

Acillatem1993
Acillatem1993

Jesus this sounds like another good star wars game. But nooo.

RC-Sev
RC-Sev

Dammit, a true Sith game down to the trash can! Another dissapointing news...

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

The more of these cancelled Lucasarts games we hear about, the more the death of their studio makes sense....

Senor_Kami
Senor_Kami

I'm glad.  Maul is a great character but I want to see him really getting down and dirty if it's going to be a character action game.  Something like Bayonetta, Ninja Gaiden, or Devil May Cry would feel more at home imo than Batman's combat.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

@Senor_Kami How is Darth Maul a great character?  He has maybe 2 lines in the entire movie, he fights a couple times, then he dies.


He doesn't HAVE a character.

bu3aDeL_Maz
bu3aDeL_Maz

you're right @Thanatos2k but i think what  @Senor_Kami means is that Darth Maul could have an awesome back story that was not told. 


and if he doesn't mean that, then thats what I want

ggregd
ggregd

@Thanatos2k @Senor_Kami  It's just like Boba Fett.  The Star Wars geeks think he's awesome so he survives being cut in half and gets a dozen books of backstory and continuing story.  No lie.  It's ridiculous.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

@ggregd @Thanatos2k@Senor_KamiHell, Boba Fett had more involvement across the 2 movies than Darth Maul did.  And his characterization was subtle.  Darth Vader pointing to him specifically when he emphasized "NO disintegration."  Him nodding in approval at Leia after she threatened Jabba.


Maul has none of that.

hystavito
hystavito

@Thanatos2k @Senor_Kami  Wasn't he played in the movies by some guy who was basically just a martial arts expert and not at all an actor?

Chefjase
Chefjase

The surely awesome game reminds me of Maul's novella "Infiltrator" It was pretty good, he carried out a few silent assassinations and had one major duel. That would have been a good place to start the story, then create some original errands for him to run, like picking up StimCaf for Palpatine on his way back to home base. It would have been epic. 

jasonredemption
jasonredemption

This is sad news.  If EA was smart they'd revive this and 1313, why waste all that development time on something that has great potential only to essentially throw it in the trash?

SoleHunter
SoleHunter

Thanks for the really classy ads, Gamespot

quakke
quakke

Darth Maul. Why the hell Darth Maul? He is one of the bad guys. Batman is one of the good guys.

Faye_Tallity
Faye_Tallity

Damn. I wish this could've been made. RIP   : ((( 



nameaprice
nameaprice

oh another game they CANCELED how strange...

torbonator
torbonator

All I really hear about it from star wars games is them getting cancelled.... unless they made out of lego

07wintert
07wintert

though by the end you most likely be cut in half. i can see why it got cancelled 

snugglebear
snugglebear

Working title: Darth Maul, Mall Cop.

jynxten
jynxten

Well we still have an Assassin's Creed inspired Lord of the Rings game.

noandno
noandno

Darth Maul is still alive?

catsimboy
catsimboy

@noandno It was going to be an origin story, try reading the article before commenting bro.

SlaviksG
SlaviksG

@noandno  yes, but he has those wierd robot legs now. 

noandno
noandno

@catsimboy @noandno  "Star Wars steward LucasArts had supposedly originally conceived a Darth Maul origin story, but would later shift its plans to tie the game to an upcoming season of animated show The Clone Wars."


It WAS going to be an origin story blablabla The Clone Wars.

So he's alive at that cartoon?