Since Disney acquired the rights to Star Wars, we’ve seen new installments to the series popping up all over the place. We got movies every year, new comics, new books, the tv shows have become more prominent and there’s a loaded slate of upcoming video games. However, to make this possible, everything pre-Disney was ended square in its tracks. One of the biggest victims was an upcoming Maul video game by the name Battle of the Sith Lords, developed by Red Fly Studio.
Based on early game footage, we can assume that the game was to play similar to The Force Unleashed series. Pieces of art and footage have slowly trickled out over the past several years since the game’s cancellation, revealing a tad more about it and we have just recently received a major image dump of some really great concept art. The idea that we could get a story about Maul at the center of a war between dark force users sounds badass as hell. But the more we hear about this game, the more I want it.
Darth Maul was a criminally underutilized character in the prequel trilogy who has since flourished in non-movie material since he was revived by Dave Filoni and the creators of The Clone Wars tv series. In The Clone Wars, we saw a deeply disturbed and vengeful Maul after his traumatic battle with Obi-Wan on Naboo in The Phantom Menace. We saw Maul rise to power on Mandalore, fulfill his vengeance against Obi-Wan and then lose everything to Darth Sidious before having his arc left shrouded in mystery when the series was cancelled.
Rebels is giving us a new version of how Maul’s story is going to end. Maul returned in season two finale of Rebels where we discovered that he’s working against the Empire and temporarily teams up with our heroes. But we very quickly discover that he’s not really on the good side of things and is attempting to recruit Ezra as his apprentice and effectively take another shot at his scheme from The Clone Wars. In season three of Rebels, we discover that Maul’s true desire is still vengeance against Obi-Wan and we now know that this inevitably epic confrontation is going to happen at the end of the season. Both The Clone Wars and Rebels have helped Maul fulfill his badass potential that the prequel trilogy failed to match.
Maul is a terrific villain and an incredibly powerful dark side force user as well as an inherently badass character in the Star Wars universe. Reviving Maul in the non-movie content was one of the best decisions made within the Star Wars universe in recent years. I originally thought it was stupid when a decrepit Maul showed up out of nowhere, alive and with spider legs, after being sliced in half in The Phantom Menace but I’m so glad that I was wrong. I think that Battle of the Sith Lords could easily be brought back and adjusted to fit in the time between the Son of Dathomir comic series and Rebels, not to mention that the developers want a second chance to bring the game back. It would take a little repurposing, but it could most certainly be done. The people want more Maul, EA, so revive him… again.