A long time ago, in a studio not so far away, a game focused on the origin story of Star Wars character Darth Maul was being developed. Although this video game was ultimately canceled due to Disney’s acquisition of Lucasfilm, a Darth Maul Star Wars origin game still remains a possibility. Aside from games like Star Wars Jedi: Survivor and the Knights of the Old Republic remake, there are a few Star Wars games that have been announced with no details pertaining to their stories, settings, or characters. One of these games could explore the Darth Maul origin story Red Fly (the maker behind the canceled title) never could.
Star Wars games have been able to tell some great stories set both in and out of the Skywalker Saga, with some of the more recent games being set during the Empire’s tyrannical reign of the galaxy. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order and its sequel introduced some brand new characters to the saga while also featuring the return of iconic ones like Darth Vader. The campaign of 2017’s Star Wars Battlefront 2 featured Iden Versio, a member of the Empire’s elite Inferno Squad who later on became a powerful leader of the Rebellion. This title also featured other iconic Star Wars heroes like Luke Skywalker. Newer Star Wars video games have tended to spotlight new characters, but it would be great to have one focus on a more established figure like Darth Maul.
Darth Maul was first introduced in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace as the Sith apprentice to Darth Sidious, aka Chancellor Palpatine. He was seemingly dispatched at the hands of Obi-Wan Kenobi after killing Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn but was later brought back into Star Wars canon through The Clone Wars animated series. His character soon became a fan favorite throughout the series, becoming one of the most complex and interesting in the Skywalker Saga, as he continued his feud with Kenobi and even took over Mandalore.
Since Disney rebooted the expanded universe canon, new games have all found their own unique spot within the canon Star Wars timeline, with most focusing on the original trilogy era. A Darth Maul origin story game would be the first of its kind set before the events of The Phantom Menace. Stories set before the prequels have been told in Star Wars books like Master and Apprentice, which focused on the early days of characters like Qui Gon Jinn and Obi Wan Kenobi, while books in the High Republic series have told new tales about the Republic during its glory days, hundreds of years before the Skywalker Saga. So far, only two Star Wars games are confirmed to be set before that era: Quantic Dream’s Star Wars Eclipse, and Aspyr’s now delayed Knights of the Old Republic remake.
Maul’s origin story could also tell the story of Sheev Palpatine’s betrayal of Darth Plagueis, which – in Legends – took place at least partially during the events of The Phantom Menace. Maul has been a character who, much like Anakin Skywalker, was a victim of the dark side of the Force. A story about how he became this victim and how his unbridled rage towards Star Wars Jedi like Obi-Wan Kenobi was developed could be compelling. It’s partially been covered in Marvel’s Darth Maul comic from a few years back, but it could be fleshed out further.
Darth Talon was a red Twi’lek Sith lord that has been a fairly popular character in Star Wars Legends and could make her first canonical appearance in a Darth Maul game. One of the versions of the canceled game was supposed to include Talon as a major character in the story. Although she is supposed to be alive hundreds of years following the end of the original trilogy, Darth Talon could be reintroduced into official canon as a possible apprentice to Maul after the events of the Clone Wars, where he was busy orchestrating the rise of Crimson Dawn.
Including Darth Talon and Darth Maul in one story would be a great way to have playable alien protagonists in one Star Wars game. Darth Talon is a fan favorite among the likes of Starkiller and Darth Revan. Bringing Talon into the game would be a great way to include more Legends material into the canonical timeline while also telling a story about an equally popular antihero in the Star Wars universe. Having a dual protagonist story of Maul telling his apprentice the tales of his past would also give the two characters connection and emotional attachment while establishing Talon as a new Sith villain and/or antihero in the Star Wars universe.
As seen in Jedi: Fallen Order, lightsaber combat in Star Wars games is not nearly as brutal as it used to be. Games like Star Wars: The Force Unleashed 2 had players slash and dash their way through Stormtroopers brutally as Starkiller, even going so far as to incinerate enemies with the Force. Star Wars games need more of this kind of brutality in their combat, which was something that was significantly lacking in Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. A Darth Maul video game can change that, showcasing the villain slicing through enemies like butter with his iconic double-bladed lightsaber.
Darth Maul was the first canonical Star Wars character that was shown with the double-bladed saber. With the stunning choreography and stunt work of Ray Park, his fighting style was given a unique ferocity that no other Star Wars hero or villain has been able to replicate. A Darth Maul game can expand on this even further, bringing in new moves and abilities the iconic villain can use at his disposal to swiftly dispatch his enemies.
Among canceled Star Wars games like 1313, the Darth Maul origin game is arguably one of the worst losses the fandom has suffered. With the right studio, a Darth Maul game can be a masterpiece, enriching the story of the tragic character while also possibly introducing some new ones such as Darth Talon. Darth Maul is such an interesting and complex character, full of rich lore and detail, that it would be a crime if he did not get a game dedicated to his early days. His vicious quest for vengeance and power would make for a truly compelling Star Wars video game.
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