By Dave Bouressa
The past few years have not been kind to the world of Star Wars gaming. Before LucasArts went out of business in 2013, there were a few missteps leading up to it.
Added to the list of scrapped games, is a Darth Maul origin video game, set to have been released in 2011, leading up to Maul's heavy involvement in the Star Wars: The Clone Wars television series.
According to various reports, the game, codenamed "Damage", was being worked on by Red Fly, the company behind Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, however, due to some tinkering from higher ups (Lucas included) and the game concept and ideas being pulled in several different directions, the game was eventually scrapped after 8 months of work. It is said that Lucas himself wanted to include Darth Talon into the game-a Sith Lord that does not even appear in the Star Wars Universe until 200 years after the films, and because of that, Red Fly did not know to make the timeline work, and due to a lack of communication from LucasArts, the game found itself suffering the same fate as many Star Wars games of that time, and games to come, such as Star Wars 1313, Force Unleashed III, Battlefront III, and First Assault.
IGN reports that the game was heavily influenced by the style of the Batman: Arkham games.
Red Fly's PC, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Wii U game would have been a stealth action game inspired by Batman: Arkham Asylum, Game Informer revealed in its May 2014 issue. Maul was, as an anonymous developer described it, "insanely powerful and deadly, but one or two hits will take you out."
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As stated above, the past few years of Star Wars gaming has been severely grim, killing off major games-many of which are near completion by the time of cancellation, so hopefully with the upcoming film trilogy, comes a new era of Star Wars gaming.