Factor 5, the Californian development studio (´Turrican´, ´Rogue Squadron´, ´Lair´) formerly based in Cologne, Germany, is developing at least one Wii game, IGN has learnt.
Company president Julian Eggebrecht confirmed that the studio is underway with at least one all-new Wii project -- and it's not a Virtual Console game. Beyond that confirmation, Eggebrecht was mum, but he did note that the new title would not simply re-use old Rogue Squadron tech; whatever it is, significantly updated or even completely new tech has been developed to help accommodate it. (...) Fans can rest assured that whatever the company's new Wii game is, it's a safe bet that it'll look good and push the hardware.
At one time, Factor 5 was pegged to develop a sequel to Pilot Wings for the then-codenamed Revolution. Nintendo even went so far as to list the San Rafael-based studio as a "partner" in its official E3 presentation. Since that time, though, the company has been busy with the PS3-exclusive Lair and thus, work on any Pilot Wings sequel is thought to have been halted or cancelled altogether. Incidentally, IGN believes Factor 5's Wii title is an altogether different beast.
This is good news indeed. Factor 5 is renowned for its emphasis on outstanding graphics and sound. The studio even had an input on the Gamecube´s hardware architecture.
But what could they be cooking up? Could it perhaps even be another ´Star Wars´ title?
EDIT According to Kombo, Factor 5 is developing a new ´Kid Icarus´ game.
Kombo has learned from a credible source that said Wii game is in fact a new installment in Nintendo's cherished Kid Icarus franchise. According to sources, Factor 5's Kid Icarus title is being developed ground-up for Wii. It will not use one of the developer's previous GameCube graphics engines.
In case you are wondering who Kombo is, they used to be called Advanced Media Network or Advanced MN.
Sources: IGN, Kombo
Thanks to: Joystiq, NeoGAF, Anonymous