Warning: the following news may have you pining for 'the good old days' and thinking back wistfully to when EA wasn't fouling up good Star Wars games with lootbox nonsense.
Erstwhile Nintendo Life contributor Liam Robertson has noted on Twitter a recent movement of a prominent industry figure under the considerable umbrella of Epic Games:
For readers too young to remember, Julian Eggebrecht used to head up Factor 5, the sadly now-defunct studio that worked technological wonders with the Star Wars: Rogue Squadron series on N64 and GameCube. Before that the company had a history with the Turrican series, notably producing classic Super Turrican games on SNES, which recently reappeared on the beautiful Analogue Super Nt console with material that had to be cut from the original game due to memory restrictions. Nintendo also consulted Factor 5 as the GameCube was being developed; Eggebrecht's company developed middleware tools for the console.
He'd been trying to revive the Rogue Squadron series on Wii with a compilation game, but the project got canned and Factor 5 shut down in 2009 leaving only prototype videos and whispers on the internet. His return to a frontrunning company in the gaming space is cause for excitement for anyone who looks back on Factor 5's output with fondness.
Now before you jump to the wrong conclusion, we're not suggesting that any kind of revival is on the cards. Thanos' appearance in Fortnite is hardly enough of a Disney link to pin our fanboy hopes of a Rogue Squadron revival on (or a 'Poe-gue Squadron', if you will). Anybody who's fired up Rogue Squadron II: Rogue Leader on GameCube recently can tell you just how well it still holds up, though - even on modern TVs through sub-optimal connections and cables.
While it's extremely unlikely that this signals anything at all beyond Eggebrecht lending his considerable expertise and technical know-how to Epic Games, it's sure got us dreaming.
Check out this feature on the making of Rogue Leader to find out why this news has got us all teary-eyed and nostalgic.
'But you didn't mention Lair!' we hear you cry. Nope, you're right. Didn't mention Rebel Strike either - let us dream! Share your ponderances below...
He's a director so I'm assuming he's going to get his own team to create something new. I'll have to pay attention as I loved all those games that Factor 5 made.
"Join Epic > use their bottomless pit of cash to buy Star Wars Rogue Leaders Wii > release it for all to enjoy"
There are a lot moving parts here... but I want to believe.
I would do bad things for a Rogue Squadron trilogy remaster for Switch.
Please bring Turrican games and Rogue Squadron games to Switch! That would be so sweet!
Wait... didn't Factor 5 get revived? Was that just a rumor??
Give the Star Wars Video Game license to anybody that's better than Electronic Arts, Activision, and maybe Ubisoft.
Sadly, Disney is hapot how EA is handling Star Wars games.
I’ve been screaming for this for years. Rogue Squadron 2 is one of my top 5 games of all time.
Rebel Strike is awesome!
... mostly because it lets you replay the whole Rogue Leader campaign with a friend... but it still counts!
Imagine a Rogue Leader remake that’s alerted to Disney Star Wars/EA standard shudders.
When the rumor dropped of a cancelled game being resurrected, this is the one I was thinking of. Julian appeared on IGNs Nintendo podcast not lo long ago and seemed to really be trying to hype Rogue Leaders.I totally expect to see this someday.
[removed] Star Wars! Turrican was the true Factor 5 gem.
And also Indiana Jones' Greatest Adventures was pretty good...not as good as those Turrican games though,
[removed] Turrican was awesome!
I love Star Wars the original trilogy and this current trilogy so far but I hate how EA treating the video games of the franchise as of now.
Yes, Turrican was indeed Factor 5's true gem! I've been playing them since the good old Amiga days. A collection of Turrican 1-3 and Super Turrican 1-2 on Switch would be great!
@LaytonPuzzle27 it seems so obvious when you put it like that.
@laytonpuzzle27 The smiling anime girl face and the comment demanding destruction and to “go after” people seems totally fine. No psychologist needed for you.
By the way anyone here have a Crystalio II for their old Nintendo systems? I’ve heard the Factor 5 GameCube games look downright amazing in HD.
@JohnBlackstar Hey am not the type of person who wish ill on others and I did NOT say I want destruction on someone.
I did not realize how much I missed the N64 and gamecube Star Wars games. Makes me wish I had some spare cash to pick up a gamecube and a few games. I am never selling my systems and games again unless it is a matter of house and food.
Someone say Turrican?
@LaytonPuzzle27 ea kind of deserves to disappear into oblivion because of how greedy they have become plus rushing their games out broken as welll along wit microtransactions.
Nope. I don't see it happening, specially given how Disney is treating their Star Wars games right now.
Only chance this has is if Disney sees it as a easy way to get the IP on Switch, EA’s junk is never going to run on it.
I certainly agree on EA having done little good with the Star Wars license, and I'm still kinda sad that we never got to see 1313, because the initial footage of that game looked really interesting. Of course, we'll never know if it would've actually ended up being a good game in its completed state, but still...
@hadrian @Turrican Yeah, the Turrican games were definitely very good, and I still own all of them, including several Amiga systems to play them on (A500, A1200, CD32), but in all seriousness, the Rogue Squadron games on GameCube were something else, and nothing short of amazing.
Factor 5 truly were masters at getting the most out of that system, and to this day, the games still hold up very well.
@hadrian By the way: you might wanna censor those f-bombs. That's definitely a no go on NLife...
@JohnBlackstar No Crystalio here. Never even heard of it, but I do have a launch model Wii that plays GameCube games, that's connected to my Full HD plasma screen with high end, gold-plated component cables, and the games already look pretty stunning in crystal clear 480p, so if you put them through an upscaler, they'll probably look even better.
@LaytonPuzzle27 How very liberal/democrat of you!
@chroma Am sorry about my comments earlier. Am not a bad person honest and I deeply regret of what I have just wrote. Am very much moderate/republic if your wondering.
P.S. I change the previous comment to be less offensive.
I'll sum up EA's BS with this pic courtesy of YongYea:
Disney seems to be perfectly content with EA's parasitic tendencies and don't appear to be giving the license up any time soon. Fat cats greasing each other's palms if you ask me..
That's too bad....He had revived Factor 5 in 2017 and reacquired the Turrican license. Either it didn't work out, or he left. I was hoping Turrican would do well, and maybe they'd be hired on to finish RS Wii.
Interview with Veteran Gamers (Spieleveteranen, German gaming news site): http://www.spieleveteranen.de/?s=turrican
@hadrian Mind your language!
I thought Factor 5 was back?..
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