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Old 15 May 2009, 23:11   #21
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The news is 5 months old? WTF!?
Swedish FragZone needs to find some more recent news. :P

Sorry for the wasted topic guys.
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Old 15 May 2009, 23:17   #22
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no 5 months ago it was known they were GOING to close their doors, today came the news that it has actually happened
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Old 15 May 2009, 23:46   #23
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End of an era!
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Old 15 May 2009, 23:50   #24
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The german Factor 5 are still going, however.

Doesn't seem to have affected the Turrican/R-Type/Katakis/BC-Kid downloads anyhow. All that's happened by the looks of it is that factor5.com now redirects to the identical factor5.de domain.

It was the German company that developed those games, right?
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Old 15 May 2009, 23:57   #25
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It was the German company that developed those games, right?
Heh, yes indeed Well seems like the Amiga root is still going, so let's see what they come up with
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Old 15 May 2009, 23:57   #26
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Factor 5 went to the USA, after they got an offer to do a N64 Star Wars game for Lucas Arts. There is no German F5 division left.
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Old 16 May 2009, 00:03   #27
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Threads merged (note to self: don't accidentally move the topic to the moderators' forum and wonder where it disappeared to in future)
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Old 16 May 2009, 00:03   #28
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Hmm, I wonder what the text on the homepage here means then : http://www.factor5.de/
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Nice merge GH, I was lost for a second, in the see your admin whetever

I thought it a bit strange as this had already been reported ages ago
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Old 16 May 2009, 00:08   #30
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Just a shame about their last game Lair. It looked pants wettingly gorgeous, the 3D programming was spectacular, the music was orchestra-perfect even the voice overs were not that bad. The story was atmospheric.

They just screwed up the user interface and forgot to include an enjoyable game. With all the hardwork they put into the title it is a shame it cannot be re-worked into a quick sequel with all the bits fixed.
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Old 16 May 2009, 04:05   #31
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I think it means, Druid, that a LOT of the guys from U.S F5 are moving back to Germany, and setting up shop there, along with the guys that were left when they went to the U.S.

This, could actually be a good thing! A REBIRTH of sorts, where altho the U.S lost a good developer, Europe may soon be able to chalk up ANOTHER COOL DEVELOPER! I suppose EA might be interested in them? Develop sort of the same relationship as GRIN and DICE have, with bigger mother-companies.
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As you know Factor 5 created R-type...
IREM were the company that created R-Type.
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Old 16 May 2009, 13:48   #34
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They just screwed up the user interface and forgot to include an enjoyable game. With all the hardwork they put into the title it is a shame it cannot be re-worked into a quick sequel with all the bits fixed.
sn't that what they did sine the N64 days, although Lair was far worse than the star wars games to be fair.

Anyway, the head guy Egbert or whatever his name is is clearly a egomanic that believed his own hype.

Factor 5 were bound to fail.
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I know his real surname, but there are these interesting cases when I DO prefer the misspelled name Ian
Let sleeping dogs lie, as the old saying goes
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Maybe they can release the sourcecode for Turrican 2 now that they are bancrupt.
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Good idea. That aside, IIRC the Turrican 2 image they have (or had) on the site is not completable and broken. And they always promised us to redo it.
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That aside, IIRC the Turrican 2 image they have (or had) on the site is not completable and broken. And they always promised us to redo it.
Yup, it's broken and chances are not getting better that they will ever update it...
Hope there will be some news about the 'Inc. compared to GmbH' story. I'm quite interested to know how they will go on now (if they do at all).
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Old 18 May 2009, 20:03   #39
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I'm fairly sure a small part of F5 at the very least will find it's feet TCD as they are after all very respected and always pushing harder than anyone on current hardware

Iv'e not always liked what came out of F5 but they were a fairly important part of Nintendo with their Star Wars games, and it's a shame if they to entirely vanish.T2 is my real reason why it's sad to see their demise

Perhaps like Free Radical someone will come to the rescue

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Factor 5 Cologne is officially back. They also bought licences for all Rainbow Arts and Softgold games (including source codes etc). Though at the moment there are no plans for games under the Factor 5 label. We'll see what happens in the distant future.

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