Factor 5 was a big player in the Nintendo 64 and GameCube eras, in particular, well-known for its Star Wars games. Yet after the relationship with LucasArts fell away the developer was looking for new licenses that could drive its projects.
Factor 5 eventually came to the idea of a Dungeons & Dragons game, namely one based on the IP's 'Dragonlance' universe. As explained in this video by Unseen64 and occasional Nintendo Life contributor Liam Robertson, the title was pitched to two interested parties - Nintendo and Sony. Two key factors got in the way of a deal to bring the project to Wii, as is detailed below.
It's interesting to think of what could have been, and it's a pity that Factor 5 would continue to struggle to make its mark before eventually folding in 2011.
Would you have liked to see this project make its way to Wii?
Dragonlance? I'm sold! Would have loved to have seen it!
Oh God, before I even read the article I kinda wish this had happened.
that naked, fat god figure is creepy!
Factor 5 was a tech-oriented company getting attention for the amazing graphics of Rogue Squadron games but I don't think their valuing cutting edge graphics above all else helped them in the end. As much as I enjoyed Rogue Squadron games the flight physics were pretty bad. Not sure they understood how to make core game mechanics fun.
I definitely see why they chose to go to Sony though. The Wii wasn't a good fit for them.
Wii was going to be 360 power level at one point? I wonder... I mean, what if it was $100 more. Maybe it would have sold 50 million instead of 100 million and had many direct ports... some alternate universe has a successful Wii U I bet.
If Dragonlance was anywhere near as good as Neverwinter Nights that would have been awesome.
The Wii was originally on par with a 360? Dang... what could have been.
Factor 5 just couldn't catch a break, could they? I hope Rogue Squadron gets to see the light of day again.
If you're in doom in gloom over this never seeing the light of day, then check out D&D:Chronicles of Mystara.
It's a 4-player local or online co-op beat-em'-up with awesome combat, mystifying spells, and customizable rules like actual D&D!
Plus, the game is part of the NoE Halloween eShop sale!
Every time I hear about fator 5 I always think about a star fox game should have been made by them
If it was going to turn out anything like Dragonriders: Chronicles of Pern on Dreamcast it's for the best. My wife waited years thru multiple delays for that game and when she finally got it launch day she played for an hour standing in the middle of a room turning in circles. And that was that.
@undomiel my extreme interest in seeing a Dragonlance game is tempered knowing that it would have been Lair-like, sigh.
OMG I do have that same comic, same art... right in my childhood
Words can not express how much I would've liked to see this come to fruition, then again I'm a HUGE fan of the dragonlance trilogy novela, and jusy want to ser more of the universe, would have bought this game without a doubt.
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