Factor 5 developing downloadable PS3 games

Studio behind dragon-riddled action game Lair also planning on a couple of smaller games for Sony's next-gen console.

Factor 5's debut PlayStation 3 title Lair features dragon-fueled combat on land and in the skies that will decide the fate of civilizations, but it appears the developer will follow that up with something not so epic-sounding.

The studio's cofounder and president Julian Eggebrecht told trade site Gamasutra that once development on Lair is complete, the company has plans to work on downloadable games for the PS3. Calling it the biggest thing he's looking forward to next year, Eggebrecht said Sony's e-distribution plan had tremendous potential, adding, "personally as a director, I think it's one of these things that we in the creative community need a little bit."

Factor 5 is best known for developing the Star Wars Rogue Squadron series on Nintendo's GameCube, although it has been in business for almost 20 years. Its first big hit came in 1990 with the hectic Amiga shooter Turrican.

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Blood-WarriorX
Blood-WarriorX

Yeah seriously guys I mean what the hell do you xbox fan boys just sit in your room all do combing the web for sony updates so you can this kinda crap up because quite frankly its gettin kinda of annoying and grossly off topic so if you don't have anything remotely relative to say do everyone a favor and STFU thank you

hi-eric
hi-eric

you know what i find funny, every single ps3 games/ps3 update turns out to be a war about how good or bad the system is. this news is about factor 5 making downloadable games for the people lucky enough to get a ps3 not that the hd cable is not included or how it costs so much or the blu-ray ect ect.

pencilpusher69
pencilpusher69

"Dante565 Zumafire you unintelligent gaming noob. You realize by adding a blu-ray player was a very smart choice on the marketing side of sony with the new blu-ray movies being realised. I have already watched many of them and their quality is quite amazing. Just remember in the long run Sony will once again be on top. Game analsyts have already predicted that. Go read IGN and stop saying stupid remarks and get your facts correct. Oh I hope you reply with another hippie remark I got a good laugh out of how dumb it was. Noob." Actually, it remains to be seen if trojan horsing the blu-ray is a smart move, or a very dumb move. We won't know for at least a couple of years. And I find it kind of funny that you mention game analysts predicting the PS3 on top. Because it's pretty 50/50 from the analyst predictions that I've read. It's going to be damn hard for a 600 dollar system to dominate the sales, and please don't try saying "but people paid thousands on e-bay", because hell, one guy got shot in the chest and all he could think about was "those sweet playstation games." Some people are insane about things, and they do not represent anything close to normalcy.

datniccah187
datniccah187

Factor 5, i dont know about them. They are suspect.

sir_pickle
sir_pickle

lair is going to be a good game!! im going to buy it when it comes out.

BlueFlameBat
BlueFlameBat

When did Silicon Knights say anything about philisophical differences?

slipshoddoa
slipshoddoa

I love the Factor 5 guys, but their exclusive support is the Kiss of Death for a system. They started as an exclusive Amiga developer (Turrican) and when that went sour, they supported all 16-bit consoles. They then became exclusive Gamecube developers and we know how that turned out. Now they have picked the PS3 to be honoured by their exclusive support. Sigh. It was nice knowing you, PS3.

GrimGravy
GrimGravy

sweet i like factor 5 and i can get this with about paying like with x box live

Konfusion
Konfusion

What a bunch of n00bs. First they ditch Nintendo for their philosophical differences, cheer SONY for their "uberpowerful" machine, and now they go downloadable "lite" content? Puh-censored-lease, stop the bull, will 'ya? This makes me furious! I don't care what machine they develop for, but they insult the consumer's intelligence with those lie-filled interviews.

Dante565
Dante565

Think of it this way Zumafire. If you want to buy a blu ray player you might as well get a PS3 to use them. Many movies over the next years will be going to blu-ray so maybe getting a PS3 is a smart investment if you like games and like to be ahead on technology and the such. I think a PS3 in the long run is a great investment but I say wait till next Xmas for the good games.

KingofTrolls
KingofTrolls

V_Zarnold_N right but once again i guess you could buy a seperate dvd player huh? oh wait what about a hd-dvd add on for your 360..... HOLY CRAP BATMAN that means you are now up to 850 for both and 600 for the 360 so wow it sounds about even now huh? man... your such a noob cause you just got PWND!!!! ---------------------------- Your an idiot . . . You DO NOT NEED TO BUY THE HD-DVD ADD-ON to enjoy the system. ITS A DAMN OPTION. Its NOT FORCED ON YOU LIKE SONY DOES WITH BLU-RAY.

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

It's time for Factor 5 to break away from their flight-action game obsession. If these downloadable PS3 games will be different from other games they have developed lately, I might be interested.

cyberflash
cyberflash

ps3 and apple f $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ms

Zumafire
Zumafire

The Blue Ray is a nice bonus...but you can't even take advantage of the 720p or 1080i/p unless you have HD cables...which don't come in the box!!! WTF!!! The recently released PS1 games can only be played on the PSP. You first have to pay and download them to your PS3 hard drive and then load them to your PSP mem card.... HOw Cool....O, wait...I mean, that totally sucks! Way to go Sony!NO universal Leader board or friends list.. Maybe I've been spoiled with Live.. But expect more from the "gaming giant". TO be fair... Sony might correct all this non-sense with a patch in the future..BUt it can't correct the Component Cable mistake... a power house HD system that you can't even view in HD out of the BOX... and who are you calling a noob??? It only makes sense that you defend the PS3. I would feel kind of weird about it too if I threw down over $599 on a new system and people were telling me it wasn't as good as the $399 system that it was supposed to blow away. I would n't be saying anything but my brother actually kept his PS3... I've played it... it is not worth it....

V_Zarnold_N
V_Zarnold_N

KingofTrolls HAHAHAHA I hope you guys go belly up with this idea. Sony is in last place and that is where its going to stay. $600 for PS3 or $650 for Wii and 360 Geeez not a big decision there. Gears of War, Blue Dragon, Forza 2, Halo 3, Zelda TP You get the point. ---- ---- right but once again i guess you could buy a seperate dvd player huh? oh wait what about a hd-dvd add on for your 360..... HOLY CRAP BATMAN that means you are now up to 850 for both and 600 for the 360 so wow it sounds about even now huh? man... your such a noob cause you just got PWND!!!!

Dante565
Dante565

Zumafire you unintelligent gaming noob. You realize by adding a blu-ray player was a very smart choice on the marketing side of sony with the new blu-ray movies being realised. I have already watched many of them and their quality is quite amazing. Just remember in the long run Sony will once again be on top. Game analsyts have already predicted that. Go read IGN and stop saying stupid remarks and get your facts correct. Oh I hope you reply with another hippie remark I got a good laugh out of how dumb it was. Noob.

jackfatal
jackfatal

henry4th now that u mentioned it i feel also that gamespot is against ps3, i dont know y! even the rating for ps3 games is lower then all other sites! and the rating of xbox or xbox 360 is somehow over-rating! i played halo on my pc with pull power and resolution and i liked it, but not as good as getting 9.7! is the xbox version that much diiferent from pc?? and not just that, for example FF12 got 9/10 and ign and average was 9.5/10, or resistance fall of men every where got more then 8.8 except in gamepot! i have a message to game spot! try to be more fair and optimistic with sony game like u r with microsoft games!

Zumafire
Zumafire

OH yeah... AS I read further down... Remember people if you don't like Sony you can't read any news about them...so I'm sorry for reading this story.... It won't happen again..........pause.............NOT!

Zumafire
Zumafire

I think Dante565 misses the whole point about these mess. boards. We shout out loud what we don't like and praise what we do. Maybe he/she should go to a hippie web site and talk about love and other fluffy things... As far as Factor 5 signing on to do the downloadable gmaes... Sony needs all the help they can get... Their new machine has stalled out of the gate. The best thing Sony has going for it right now is that hardly anybody can get one. Because if you could you would see how bad it really is. $200 extra dollars for blue ray player...with no hd cables... Awesome sony.. freakin Awesome!

Dante565
Dante565

I said it before I will say it again-Sony sold over 100 million ps2 units. Microsoft cant, wont, and never will sell that many with Xbox and Xbox 360 ever. Sony is truly on top. 360 while a good system which I own and enjoy still gets less play time then my ps2.

jackfatal
jackfatal

i dont know why xbox fans hate sony so much!!!! maybe because sony kick their butt so hard with the ps2! i hope they do it again and kick their butt again with the ps3 so they wont open their mounth again!

Doolum
Doolum

thats nice sounding,lets see what thy come up with

KingofTrolls
KingofTrolls

HAHAHAHA I hope you guys go belly up with this idea. Sony is in last place and that is where its going to stay. $600 for PS3 or $650 for Wii and 360 Geeez not a big decision there. Gears of War, Blue Dragon, Forza 2, Halo 3, Zelda TP You get the point.

mark_unix
mark_unix

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GFofgaming
GFofgaming

Cool, but I hope they still make BD-ROM Games.

Dante565
Dante565

I think its a great plan to add this company into the mix. I hope they can make some newer unique games. All of you people argue way too much. Relax, its all just a game. The PS3 bashing does need to stop. If u hate PS3 get rid of it. End of story. No need to post like 10 comments agreeing with other ppl that you hate it. If you bought it and hated it ....why did you buy it at all.........

lonesn1per
lonesn1per

i love how people hate ps3's and yet they are on a story about it...... its annoying really.....hating the ps3 is getting old and should eventually fade away, but for now lets not say a game is gonna "suck" and its not even out yet, also you should be able to turn off the sixcrapsis controls..... i hate that in most games tacked it on with the exception of call of duty 3 i liked the way they used it. but other than that i hope there will be somewhat better use for the sixcrapsis! clockworkred sell your ps3 then because noone forced you to buy it and no one is forcing you to keep it, easy as that! (because its soooo obvious that you dont have one) im loving my next gen system and i feel that my money was well spent and a year from now i cant wait to see what games use the dual layered bluray! 50 gigs!

gizmo_logix
gizmo_logix

All you xbots that say they own a PS3 and it sux. Sell it on ebay and STFU!

thekey
thekey

clockworkred "I have a Ps3 ANd it sucks, Such a ripoff." Thank you 2 people I know have it and they don't know each other and they broth conked out already. (Not trolling its the truth)

Sealord13
Sealord13

zeonne: "yeah right clockworkred...you cant even spell your name right...why would we believe you?" how is his name spelled wrong? clockworkred thats not spelled wrong. But he's probably wrong anyway.

henry4th
henry4th

but it appears the developer will follow that up with something not so epic-sounding. From this line, it's so envident that gamespot is now anti-ps3. It's a great news that developers are seriously considering developing games that can be distributed online (I assume it'd cost less as well), and somehow, the wording of gamespot puts a negative impression....

blackIceJoe
blackIceJoe

I would love if it was some kind of Turrican game or Factor 5 can just bring the three turrican games and even super Turrican 1 & 2.

inferno394
inferno394

Gamepro2421 Lair is gonna have terrible controls i can just feel it flying the dragons is going to be twitchy and akward, i bet the camera will be just as crazy as Genji, and the stupid sixaxis crud will just be tagged on...and feel as such ******************************************************************************* Yea, and no vibration. Sixaxis suks.

Gamepro2421
Gamepro2421

Lair is gonna have terrible controls i can just feel it flying the dragons is going to be twitchy and akward, i bet the camera will be just as crazy as Genji, and the stupid sixaxis crud will just be tagged on...and feel as such

Rai
Rai

Lair will own, and so will their subsequent games

comthitnuong
comthitnuong

o they should do good if they made rogue squadron

Ryeferd
Ryeferd

factor 5 has been one of my favorite devs since 2001 when I got star wars rogue leader with my gamecube at launch. unfortunately, that was the only damn game worth playing on that thing :P I am glad that factor 5 has taken the same path as me and ditched Nintendo after the fiasco that was the gamecube. I cant wait for lair, and whatever else F5 has in store for us :D

ultimate_zero
ultimate_zero

A potential Lair 2 might also be in the works after the first one.

tidusjeff
tidusjeff

It's good to know that factor 5 is developing content for the service. The playstation store needs as many games as they can get their hands on to upload.

deathnote9
deathnote9

I absolutly disagree with crushgoil because the people who actually have a PS3 is low and it takes tons of money to develope for the PS3 and there is not a high chance of a return because there is not an audience. So obviously there won't be many exclusives. Eventually the PS3 will be all downloadable games and third party platform. And obviously thats going to make the incenitive to buy a PS3 lower and its a negative cycle.

mark_unix
mark_unix

the best Gamecube Developer, the idiots at Nintendo let go due to their underpowered Gamecube upgrade.