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6:00 AM on 11.26.2012

Turrican Soundtrack Anthology delayed to spring 2013

Germany's own Chris Hülsbeck was honored by fans and colleagues at Soundtrack Cologne 9.0, with the 25-year veteran being the guest of honor at the conference event and concert celebrations. But with his presentation did...

Audun Sorlie


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Factor 5, Inc officially bites the dust photo
Factor 5, Inc officially bites the dust
by Colette Bennett

We got wind of a possible shutdown of developer Factor 5,, Inc a full five months ago, but of course we hoped that wasn't true. After all, no one wants to see a developer go out of business. Today the official website was updated with confirmation that the rumor is indeed true. See below for the final goodbye from Factor 5 GmbH CEO Achim Moller:

We are sorry to announce the closure of the San Rafael-based Factor 5 Inc. studio, but the obstacles created by the sudden bankruptcy of Brash Entertainment for the continuation of operations have turned out too great to overcome in the current economic climate. 

Moller goes on the clarify that the Factor 5GmbH division (based in Germany) is fine and unrelated to this shutdown of the Factor 5 division based in San Rafael. Well, that's that. Destructoid would like to say we hope for the best for employees who lost their job in this and best of luck in the future.

[Thanks, Trevor!]

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12:00 PM on 02.01.2009

Rumortoid: Kid Icarus Wii renders leaked, look Ass-tastic

Yikes. These renders could be completely fake, they could be part of a pitch from Factor 5 to Nintendo, or they could be an actual work in progress from a new Kid Icarus game, but no matter how you slice it, they're pretty ha...

Jonathan Holmes

12:00 PM on 01.13.2009

Rumortoid: Nintendo 'bummed' that Kid Icarus Wii wasn't ready in 2008

Although I freaking love Animal Crossing: City Folk, I understand why a lot of people thought Nintendo's 2008 holiday line up was pretty weak. Compared to Q4 2007's releases of Metroid Prime 3 and Super Mario Galaxy, and Q4 2...

Jonathan Holmes

2:00 AM on 12.21.2008

Rumortoid: Factor 5 has closed its doors

It's starting to get a little depressing, having to write post after post about developers shutting down. Yet, here we are again. In a post on the IGN forums, Matt Casamassina claims an inside source has revealed to him that ...

Conrad Zimmerman

11:22 AM on 12.08.2008

Factor 5 artist spills info on financial issues and canceled project, backpedals

If a quickly-disappearing blog post by Factor 5 artist Sam Baker is to be believed, the developer hasn't been immune to recent economic hardships, resulting in the cancellation of at least one project. In a recent blog p...

Nick Chester

8:36 AM on 09.05.2007

Factor 5 absolves itself over Lair being a big pile of wank

To say that Lair has not received the warmest of welcomes by reviewers is to perhaps put things a tad mildly. A long time in development and the usual make-or-break hype has not done enough to stop people panning Factor 5's b...

Jim Sterling

9:48 AM on 08.20.2007

GCDC: Factor 5 president lambasts ratings board for treatment of games

Speaking at the Games Convention Developers Conference in Germany, Factor 5 president Julian Eggebrecht (a name that makes me want eggy bread) has stated that games are not being taken seriously enough, even by their very own...

Jim Sterling