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The recently released May issue of Game Informer Magazine contains an article that chronicles the creation and cancellation of a Darth Maul game that was in development at Red Fly Studio. I talked to numerous people from the development team and secured a wealth of assets from it, including gameplay footage (which you can see in Game Informer Digital), and concept art.

Below is a gallery of artwork that features new pieces not seen in the print or digital version. These images give insight into the direction Red Fly's artists hoped the game would go in. Without a script, or even a writer to pen one, these proposed stages and characters may never have seen the light of day. Had they been woven into the plot, however, this Darth Maul game would have given fans a look at a much different side of the Star Wars universe than previously seen in games.

Red Fly wanted to give Darth Maul a slightly different look than he had in the movies and animated show


Darth Kroan likely would have been one of the Sith Lords Maul would battle.


One of many different redesign ideas for Darth Krayt.


Darth Inexor.


An unnamed Deathwatch character that likely would have gotten face time in the story.


A Black Sun spaceport.


An orbital shipyard outside a ring world.


Costume ideas for Maul's brother, Savage Opress.


This village highlights the mood the team hoped to achieve throughout the game.


An unnamed volcanic planet.


Maul's character model.


Maul's hidden asteroid base.


A younger Darth Maul holding a probe droid he could send off to scout ahead.


A "New Empire" officer.


Sith Betrayers.


A jungle planet next to a red dwarf.


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Red Fly Studio's unnamed Darth Maul project was cancelled on June 24, 2011, a disappointing turn of events former Red Fly employees link to George Lucas' decision to sell Lucasfilm and LucasArts to Disney. The point of cancellation came right when Red Fly exited the prototyping phase for proper development of the game.

Red Fly's vision was much different than that of other Star Wars games, blending stealth with violent lightsaber combat. "We had heads flying everywhere," an ex-Red Fly employee told us. The video below gives a look at carnage Maul could unleash in this game, including a decapitation against a Mandalorian foe. Game Informer's Joe Juba joins me in this video for a brief discussion about the Darth Maul game. If you want the full story, check out my article "Into the Shadows" in the May issue of Game Informer and Game Informer Digital. We've also posted a concept art gallery from the game.

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CEOh no he didn't! HTC's CMO

First it was Apple, then LG, and now we have HTC also trolling Samsung’s Galaxy S 4 launch in New York. Before the doors opened at Radio City Music Hall, the Taiwanese company kindly gave out hot cocoa and snacks while showing off the One to folks lined up in the cold outside. This was followed by HTC’s complementary entertainment during Samsung’s event with a series of surprisingly relentless tweets — one of which even bore the hash tag “#theNextBigFlop” to mock Samsung’s “The Next Big Thing” slogan. Ouch.

To wrap up the day, HTC’s fresh CMO Ben Ho got in touch to say that the again-plastic Galaxy S 4 is just “more of the same,” and that his company’s “all-aluminum unibody HTC One” with “original cutting-edge technology, mouth-watering design and a premium feel” is really what people are after. Here’s his full statement:

“With a continuation of a plastic body, and a larger screen being the most obvious physical change, Samsung’s new Galaxy pales in comparison to the all-aluminum unibody HTC One.

“This is more of the same. HTC remains the best option for those people looking for the best technology wrapped in premium design. Our customers want something different from the mainstream, who appear to be the target for the Galaxy.

“Our customers want original cutting-edge technology, mouth-watering design and a premium feel from their mobiles, which is why we created the HTC One.”

Looks like “quietly brilliant” is no more for HTC then?

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CEOh no he didn't! Rahul Sood heckles HP over strangely named Envy H8 PC

It’s no secret that Rahul Sood, who now runs Microsoft’s Bing Fund, feels a twinge of bitterness towards his previous employer. Having worked for HP until 2010, and having endowed it with the Envy sub-brand, he’s since been forced to watch from the sidelines while the mothership floundered. But it’s not the u-turns or bad investments that have jerked Sood’s chain this time — it’s actually the slightly awkward (and potentially emotional) branding of a model in HP’s desktop range. After seeing details of the product pop up online, he tweeted:

“Thought I’d seen everything… then I saw the ‘HP ENVY H8′ desktop… what the heck guys? Is this code for I give up?”

Tom’s Hardware reached out to Sood for an explanation and got a carefully-worded response in which he implied that HP has become preoccupied with the “logo on the box” at the expense of “culture” and “community.” Meanwhile, the old Pavilion h8 has somehow slipped by unnoticed.

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Source: Tom’s Hardware, @rahulsood (Twitter)


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CEOh no he didn't Acer's JT Wang tells Microsoft to 'think twice' about making Surface

Acer executives have criticized Microsoft’s decision to build it’s own tablet in the past, but now the firm’s CEO has offered Redmond a more direct warning. “We have said [to Microsoft] think it over,” Acer CEO JT Wang told the Financial Times. “Think Twice. It will create a huge negative impact for the ecosystem and other brands may take a negative reaction.” Microsoft has acknowledged Surface’s potential to frustrate its OEM partners, telling the Security and Exchange Commission that competing directly with manufactures might “affect their commitment” to the firm’s platform. Not only does Wang agree with this admission, he seems worried that Microsoft will cause this damage for nothing. “It is not something you are good at,” he continued, “so please think twice.” Polite, but a bit bold. Then again, Acer has never been shy about telling Microsoft exactly what it thinks.

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