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New details about the cancelled Pilotwings game for Wii, including head tracking glasses peripheral

Posted on September 23, 2017 by (@NE_Brian) in News, Wii

Factor 5 almost delivered a new Pilotwings game on two separate occasions. The first instance was during the GameCube era, when the studio imagined a title that would have taken place in the real world during the height of the Cold War.

The second time a partnership with Nintendo almost emerged was following Factor 5’s relationship with Sony and after the release of Wii. In contrast to what had been planned for the GameCube, the Wii project had a lighter tone. Factor 5 was interested in creating an open world loosely based on Earth with various aircraft and missions.

One of the most interesting details to have been uncovered is a potential new Wii peripheral. Factor 5 wanted to work with Nintendo on a licensed glasses accessory that would be able to track head movement. By tilting your head, you’d be able to control the in-game camera.

Nintendo ultimately turned down Factor 5’s potential Pilotwings game for Wii. However, the team continued to work on the project, and wanted to rework it into an original IP. The game was first known as Sky internally, then Wii Flight, and later WiiFly. The final name change was WeFly with Nintendo saying that WiiFly would have infringed upon the trademark for the “Wii” series.

Despite Nintendo not signing off on the game as a new Pilotwings, they were still involved somewhat as they allowed Factor 5 to incorporate Miis, worked with them on using data from the Wii Forecast Channel, and were apparently still on board to produce the head tracking glasses. But in the end, the entire game was scrapped after Factor 5 was forced to close.

You can find more details about the cancelled Pilotwings game for Wii from Unseen64 below.

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  • Mark

    Nintendo to Factor 5: “No, you can’t use Wii in the title of a game going to Wii. That’s our IP.”

    Nintendo to Ubisoft: “What, Mario? Sure, here you go! Have fun!”

    I’m just slightly bitter. Head tracking was one of those cool concepts that was possible with the Wii, but never realized.

    • AJK

      Nintendo is a very different company now than in 2006 though. They seem to be more generous with their ip

  • GoldenTriforce

    I’d love to know how Factor 5’s new project(s) is(are) progressing.

    • AquaBat

      The US branch shut down in 2009 (as briefly stated in the article) and the German headquarters were completely liquidated in 2011.

      However in March of this year they returned and announced they have the rights to the Turrican series, so I would presume they’re making a Turrican game.

  • AJK

    I really want a pilotwings for Switch. More along the lines of the snes and n64 games rather than the 3ds one