As a Star Wars fan, my head is spinning (in a good way) on the amount of news coming out regarding the franchise, new film, etc. Obviously some of the biggest news is that principal photography for Episode VII has begun and that there will be 3 spin-off films for the franchise.While I have full faith in what Disney is doing film and merchandise-wise, I was a bit let down when they announced the closure of their LucasArts game division. Granted, not all was lost as Disney chose EA to handle licensing and some development of new Star Wars-titled games.So what happens to all of those pending titles? They unfortunately get cancelled. While we’re unsure of how many games were actually in production, here are 3 cancelled titles that looked more than promising had they been released. To be exact, 2 were cancelled due to the LucasArts closure and one was cancelled prior to that. Either way, it’s still games that we the fans are missing out on.

maul_lineupDarth Maul game codenamed Damage

First off is a Darth Maul game by Red Fly Studios. The game was initially supposed to be an origins story for Maul, but LucasArts thought otherwise. They wanted it to have a tie-in to the Clone Wars TV show. To throw an even bigger wrench into the mix, George Lucas himself decided that he wanted Darth Maul and Darth Talon (character from Dark Horse comics) to be in the game together.

There was a problem that arose, as according to canon, those characters lived almost 150 years apart. When Lucas was made aware of the issue, he decided that maybe the player will control a clone or descendant of Maul. As convoluted as this entire process it might seem the project was doomed from the start. That’s not necessarily the case, as Red Fly was able to produce a demo reel that looked fairly good.

From the footage, it looks very similar to The Force Unleashed, just a bit more fast paced. Red Fly claimed that the game would have encompassed a stealth aspect that closely mirrored Batman: Arkham Asylum. I think the game looked fairly promising.

SWFA_Concept_Image_1 Star Wars: First Assault

This was an FPS (first person shooter) downloadable game for the Xbox Live Arcade that LucasArts were working on just before they closed. Not much was known about the game, but it was rumored to be a precursor/predecessor to the highly-anticipated Battlefront III. There was only one trailer ever released and it contained the only footage (aside from screenshots) that anyone has ever seen.

The game reminds me a lot of a more polished version of Battlefield 1943 that was released on the Xbox Live Arcade as well. I would have loved to play this game, as it looks pretty much like Call of Duty with a Star Wars clothing. I do believe had it been released, it would have done phenomenally well.

GM_JetPack_KeyFrame_FINAL-1_large_verge_super_wide Star Wars 1313

This was to be a third-person action-adventure game that was unlike most other Star Wars titles. Not only would it be void of lightsabers and The Force, but it focuses on the galaxies most renowned and ruthless bounty hunter, Boba Fett. The game was to take place on the seedy subterranean underworld of Coruscant.

I had the opportunity to check out the game first hand at E3 2012, and I must say that I was impressed. Something that stood out to me was that 3 different branches had their hands in the game besides LucasArts. ILM (Industrial Light & Magic), Lucasfilm Animation and Skywalker Sound all were assisting in making this the best possible Star Wars game ever.

Had it released, this would have been considered such a breakthrough game. But there is an afterthought that it was doomed altogether being that so many different divisions “had their hands in the cookie jar” so to speak. There have been some rumors that Disney might resurrect the game to tie-in to a possible Boba Fett spinoff, but I think that’s more hope than actual rumor.

header-star-wars-battlefront-preview-trailer-e3-2013What Star Wars game that we can guarantee looking forward to though is Battlefront III. EA teased us at last year’s E3 and are already planning to show more at this year’s show. Check out the teaser below. Who knows what else Disney and EA has in store for us, but we can only hope for the best.