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You'll cry after seeing this kick-ass footage from axed Darth Maul videogame

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Apr 10, 2014, 5:37 PM EDT (Updated)

Would you relish the opportunity to take up the double-ended lightsaber of Darth Maul? Yeah, us, too. It turns out we would have had that chance but for the intervention of one bearded meddler -- that's right, George Lucas himself, apparently led to the demise of this Sith-tacular videogame featuring the single best part of The Phantom Menace.  The project originated at Red Fly, creator of Star Wars: The Force Unleashed 2 for the Wii console, back in 2010 and went through various stages of development, as seen in this epic fight footage with a jet-packed Jango Fett.

Ultimately there was a change of heart and story focus that led to LucasArts kicking the whole project to the curb in June 2011.   With Disney's acquisition of Lucasfilm, the game unit was dismantled in April 2013, much to the disappointment of gamers around the globe.

Here's the straight scoop from Polygon:

"According to Game Informer, Lucas wanted a 'buddy cop-like experience' with Darth Maul and Darth Talon — a Sith Lady separated by more than 170 years of Star Wars fiction from Maul — teaming up as friends. Red Fly tried to make that new direction work, figuring out gameplay mechanics to satisfy LucasArts' suggestions."

What do you think?  Would a stand-alone game featuring Darth Maul have been a raging success, or was its untimely demise written in the stars?

(Via Geek Tyrant)