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Factor 5 wants canned Wii game Star Wars Rogue Leaders: Rogue Squadron on Switch

Posted on November 10, 2017 by (@NE_Brian) in News, Switch

Many years ago, during the Wii era, Factor 5 worked on Star Wars Rogue Leaders: Rogue Squadron. Unfortunately, it never saw release. Now all of these years later, Factor 5 president Julian Eggebrecht wants to see it return.

In an interview on IGN’s Nintendo Voice Chat, Eggebrecht spoke about his aspirations of wanting to bring Star Wars Rogue Leaders: Rogue Squadron to Switch. For those who are unaware, it was a compilation featuring modified versions of Star Wars Rogue Squadron: Rogue Leader and Star Wars Rogue Squadron: Rebel Strike under a new graphics engine at 60 frames per second and new content.

Here’s what Eggebrecht had to say about a potential Switch release:

“It’s something in some way, shape, or form, should definitely come out of the archives.”

“I think it’s just about the willingness of probably us spending some time on it, Disney/Lucasfilm playing along with it, and probably EA must be a little in the mix. My immediate dream would be to first port basically what we had on Rogue Squadron Wii to the Switch. Rogue Squadron Wii pretty much supported every single input device. So in spirit it’s very comparable to what Nintendo did with Mario Odyssey, or even more so Mario Kart.”

“… the whole subsection with the duels, you could only play with a Motion Plus, because we needed 1:1 mapping.

“(It would be a matter of getting) the gang together. They’re all around. Our lead artist, who did the look so unbelievably right, basically spent half his time at Skywalker ranch designing for George [Lucas] on the movies (and the other half of his time) drawing the textures for us. (That artist now works at Pixar who is) only a stone’s-throw away.”

“The models still hold up. I don’t think on those models you would see much of a difference between what EA created later.”


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  • amak11

    It would still require permission from EA and Marvel since EA has exclusive rights to develop Star Wars games… I’d buy this day 1

    • Velen (Not WoW)

      Why the hell would they need permission from Marvel? Don’t you mean Disney?

      • amak11

        Freudian slip. I’ve been complaining about Marvel a lot lately. Will make the necessary edit

    • TanukiTrooper

      EA won’t want to, they will see it as being too similar to Battlefront 2. But if they did, it won’t see release on Switch, I bet you that. I can’t wait until their contract runs out and Star Wars is back to being open to any dev.

  • Jaxon Holden

    Permission from EA? Ha. They’ll say no just to spite us.

    • Sinton

      Unless they can find a way to release this game yearly. Star Wars 2018.

    • moviereviewrsports

      No you need permission from Disney

      • amak11

        EA has exclusive rights to Star Wars games… It’s a double edge sword

    • jimmy

      With the surprise success of games on the switch lately it’d be dumb for them to say no

      • TanukiTrooper

        You’re talking about the company that removed features from FIFA on Switch and then gave it an extremely limited release.

        You’re also talking about the company that bought up the rights to Sims and Sim City and ruined both franchises. Released the absolute mess that was Mass Effect Andromeda. Released the Mass Effect Trilogy a week or two before Mass Effect 3 released on the Wii U and set them both at the same price.

        EA is extremely dumb. ;P

        • jimmy

          I never implied that they were smart, lol

  • Stuart
  • Tjnswitch

    LMAO … uuh someone in the video needs to take a break from the 420 ! At least a cut the stuff back man !

    • Justin McQuillen

      Why you gotta hate on cannabis

      • Tjnswitch

        trust me i’m not, just saying someone in the video really is looking like he needs a serious break, its sad when you can tell those things. I’m sure cutting it back SOME would def help him, but when you look like a F*#ked out bum or hippy-mummy in all your videos and its getting worse each month uuh yeah. But i guess thats what your 20’s are all about for some guyzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz lol Having “raccoon” circles around your eyes is not cool

        • Justin McQuillen

          I mean this is an inappropriate place to talk about it, but I smoke profusely and it only helps me focus and be responsible and more considerate, decisive, tactful, and strategic in my life. I’m thinking if people look really screwed up, it’s more likely they are doing actual drugs like pills or alcohol or something.

          • Tjnswitch

            you know what i din’t even think about that, thank you. But when people put themselves out there on the video/net there gonna get called out, especially when there looks are going straight to the gutter, some people just shouldn’t be filmed……does anyone know who i’m referring to?

          • Justin McQuillen

            Yeah I could tell too.

          • Tjnswitch

            uuh yeah i just unsubscribed from his youtube channel, thats the last thing i need to be looking/listening to someones opinion in his current state. He wasn’t like that at first, it’s been a slow decline.

          • Justin McQuillen

            I personally just can’t stand IGN because they have been putting out inaccurate reviews and news articles since the late 90’s slanted and biased against Nintendo. I remember when they were a simple N64 fan site in the pre-Google days of the internet.

          • Tjnswitch

            Yes, si, that’s why Abbie from GameStop looked at me strange when I told her I saw a bad review on IGN a while back for a good game. Thanks for the heads up.

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  • Radish

    I don’t know about this. If the game is any good EA is not going to let it go through. They would probably have to make it more cookie cutter and include lots of micro transactions and loot boxes for EA to be on board.

    I really hope I am wrong.

  • masterjedi

    I know EA has exclusive rights to develop new Star Wars games through 2023 I think, but with this being a re-release of an old game, I don’t know that EA would need to be involved, I think it would just be Disney.

    That said, I REALLY loved Rogue Squadron. It’s the game that made me buy my Nintendo 64. When Rogue Squadron II: Rogue Leader came out that pushed me to buy a Gamecube on day one and I remember being really impressed with Rebel Strike’s different versions of missions from Rogue Leader.

    I desperately want Star Wars games on Switch and honestly this seems like the ONLY way it’s going to happen (because there’s no way EA brings Battlefront II to Switch) so I’ll take it if it happens.

  • Zeebor

    TIL Factor-5 still alive.

    • Game_God

      Back from the dead since 2015, with a small team of ex-employees… Lair sure did hit them hard at the time!

      • Somebody

        Had Nintendo bought them this would have never happened.

        • Game_God

          I agree & I even go further, Nintendo needs to buy studios, companies etc. in order to keep the flow of relleased games constant.
          Nintendo has plenty of money at the bank, they are making tons of money right now & will keep on making in the forseeable future… they should go after companies like Platinum, Level 5 even Capcom as Megaman Corp. have been in a rough spot for some time & their situation isn’t improving… A take-over would secure Nintendo a catalogue of IPs that would translate in them owning Japan market forever!

          • Somebody

            That would be soo awesome! Idk if u noticed but everytime a company decides to leave Nintendo and develop for the competition something wrong happens to them? Let’s see:

            -Rare: ever since Microsoft bought them they became a shadow of the once talented studio.
            -Solicon Knights: Too Human wasn’t that good and really affected the studio.
            -Factor 5: technical wizards that made incredible games for Nintendo, however “Lair” completely bombed on sales and killed the studio afterwards.

          • Game_God

            The guys that left Retro to found Armature Studio & do Xbox 1 failure that was ReCore…

        • blowingupyourmind

          nintendo had no reason to buy them, they jumped ship and headed to sony to make exclusive high budget games on the ps3 that would go on to flop hard putting them out of business and out of favor with nintendo

  • AquaBat

    Star Wars: Rogue Lootbox, presented by EA

  • Locky Mavo

    A Rogue Leader on the Switch would be sick! I still have and play Rogue Squadron and Rebel Strike on GameCube, some of the best Star Wars games ever made, along with the original and Battle for Naboo on N64.
    But who are we kidding? With EA at the helm and their attitude toward Nintendo and the Switch, the likelihood of this actually happening is extremely low.
    And even if it did happen, it wouldn’t happen without them bastardising the game somehow so it would fit in with their dlc/micro transaction business practices or else it wouldn’t happen at all, they did just shut a studio down and are overhauling their game so it fits their business practices (not to mention they’ve already done this, which ended up ruining the Dead Space series). And further still, the “Switch version” (EA don’t do exclusives as far as I know, let alone a Switch exclusive) would be last priority over other platforms, bastardising the game even further.
    It’s a shame really, because I think this would actually be a good game to “test the Switch market” with.
    But if this doesn’t happen and Factor 5 can still make games as good as Rogue Squadron, I wonder if they could convince Nintendo to let them make a Star Fox game in a similar gameplay style?

    • masterjedi

      So glad you mentioned Battle For Naboo. That one was really great. Hell they’re all great but people seem to forget about Battle for Naboo. My favorite mission was the one where you rescued the prisoners from Camp 4 because it tied directly into Phantom Menace.

  • cloud36426

    So much this! I would purchase on day one..

  • TDude73

    Electronic Arts BETTER listen to Nintendo, Factor 5, and Disney! We need a new Star Wars Rogue Squadron title for the Switch.

  • RedRocBoy

    This would complete the Switch’s awesomeness for me. A real Star Wars game on the console would be heaven but as long as EA has any say, I honestly don’t see it happening. SMH

  • Jacob Groves

    EA refuse do it. Lol

    I love Rogue Squadron series they are best Star Wars game ever!!!

    • Justin McQuillen

      Yeah there is no way they would allow this game to release because it would singlehandedly outsell their big Star Wars franchise, on a Nintendo platform no less.

  • Huh. Well, if they get to make it, I’d probably buy it. I’m not huge into SW, but my friend is and it’d be fun to ply with/around them.

  • Somebody

    I’m praying to see a leak of this game and finally play it on my Wii.

  • Sinara Centeno

    Oh my god, the dream come true! Factor 5 do this in Game Cube in 60 frames, i can’t imagine what they can do today in Switch!!!

    • Taun

      I’m imagining it at 60 fps with 1080p docked & 720p portable! :~)

  • Snackster1001

    Unless disney gets in the way, EA wouldn’t do anything that benefits the consumer lol

  • Trekster_Xboxer

    This would make me buy a switch in a heartbeat to have Rogue leader in the palm of my hands that was and still is an awesome game!!

  • heavenshitman1

    Yeah, I bought Factor 5’s stuff on gamecube.
    I’d call this an immediate buy for me.
    I don’t remember the gamecube games looking or running half bloody bad at all.
    Switch could turn it into a small masterpiece