Rumor: Factor 5 Shutdown


The past few weeks have not been kind to game developers. Many publishers have had to slash entire development studios in wake of the current world recession. Rumor has it that Factor 5, famed developer of Star Wars Rogue Squadron series, has been shutdown for good. Matt Casamassina of IGN Nintendo leaked out a possible confirmation of these talks…

I was hoping the rumors weren’t true. Contacted Julian over at F5 to shed some light, but he didn’t get back to me. Got an e-mail from an inside source tonight:…

…[Redacted] wanted me to contact you with some late breaking news. We just learned from inside sources that developer Factor 5 has officially closed their doors as of today. That’s some pretty big news considering that those guys have been around for quite a while. It’s definitely a real shame! I hope that this information is helpful to you…”

Known best as one of Nintendo’s top third party developers, Factor 5 has been most famous for pushing hardware to the limit of graphical capabilites with both the N64 and Gamecube. The developer was originally confirmed at the E3 2006 Wii premier to of been working on a new Pilotwings, but later canceled the project. However, confirmed back in January 2008 that the studio was hard at work on a non-Virtual Console Wii title. This announcement flared many rumors that Factor 5 had been handed rights to develop a new Kid Icarus for the Wii.

Factor 5’s latest title, Lair, ultimately bombed due to broken PS3 ‘sixaxis’ controls. Could Lair of been the cause of this slow and painful death?

Let’s hope this growing rumor is just an exaggeration. I was really starting to look forward to “crazy-hair’s” Kid Icarus game.