Red Fly Studio, the developer behind the cancelled Darth Maul Star Wars game, wants a second chance at the project.
Dan Borth, of Red Fly, was at one time working on a Darth Maul-centric game. The studio had put about eight months worth of work into it, but some weird direction from LucasArts – asking the team to buddy Maul up with another Sith that showed up nearly two centuries after the character’s death – ultimately led to the game’s demise.
In a Reddit AMA this weekend, though, Borth said that the team, which has been mostly silent since 2011, is “working on resurrecting [the Darth Maul game],” putting together a demo prepared for current generation systems.
While Star Wars is arguably more popular right now than it has been in quite a while, with sequel excitement at a fever pitch, all that attention is focused on the sequels rather than looking backward toward the much maligned prequels. It’s hard to tell right now if the excitement would work in Red Fly’s favor, or the focus would work against them when they take the game to Electronic Arts. The Reddit AMA is an effort to get fans poking and prodding Electronic Arts, which has exclusive rights to games in the Star Wars franchise right now, to consider the possibility.
Even if Red Fly can’t work on a Darth Maul game, though, Borth hopes EA can “see the value in us reskinning our combat mechanic to be more in line” with the company’s plans for the franchise. More Jedi games are inevitably coming, and a Sith-focused game certainly wouldn’t be unwelcome, too.
While Red Fly is hard at work on their game, EA is getting ready to launch Star Wars Battlefront, which is due out on PlayStation 4, PC and Xbox One on Nov. 17.