Red Fly Studio was working on a Star Wars title featuring Darth Maul for around eight months before LucasArts canceled the project, according to a new report. For those that don’t know, Darth Maul was the main Sith antagonist in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, and later resurfaced in the animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
According to Red Fly CEO Dan Borth and anonymous sources, LucasArts gave the studio a chance to develop its own Star Wars title after it proved itself with the Wii version of Star Wars: The Force Unleashed 2, Game Informer reports. However, LucasArts failed to inform the developer that there were plans to bring Maul into The Clone Wars series, simply telling the developer that he survived in Episode One.
The game was originally being developed as a Wii U exclusive before LucasArts decided to shift the game to PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC also.
Red Fly began creating prototypes for the title, codenamed Damage, in October 2010, but during a subsequent meeting Star Wars creator George Lucas said he had a new vision for the title. According to Game Informer, Lucas wanted the game to be changed to a “buddy cop-like experience,” with Maul teaming up with extended universe character Darth Talon.
LucasArts reportedly planned to buy Red Fly Studios, but according to an ex-employee, the publisher cut off communication to the studio for two weeks before eventually cancelling the project in 2011.
Since this Game Informer report, footage of the canceled title has appeared online, which you can find at the top of this article.