Cancelled Wii Star Wars Game Rogue Leaders Coming To Nintendo Switch?

In a recent NVC podcast from IGN, president of Factor 5, Julian Eggebrecht, discussed the possibility of releasing cancelled Star Wars trilogy Rogue Leaders on Nintendo Switch.

For those unfamiliar, Rogue Leaders was a remix of the original trilogy; Rogue Squadron (N64), Rogue Squadron II: Rogue Leaders (GC), and Rogue Squadron III: Rebel Strike (GC). It was initially planned for release on the Microsoft Xbox, but management issues at LucasArts meant the game was cancelled midway through development in 2003.

Factor 5 went on to dabble with titles for Xbox 360 and PS3 before coming back to Nintendo to complete the game for Wii. It featured updated graphics, a brand new lighting system, added motion controls, and MotionPlus based lightsaber duelling. Eggebrecht goes on to claim this was the best game Factor 5 ever made.

Unfortunately Rogue Leaders never saw the light of day after the financial crash in 2008 saw publisher LucasArts cancel the project, sending Factor 5 into liquidation. Today, Factor 5 still exist in a disbanded form, but Eggebrecht’s demeanour on the show suggests he was holding back some exciting news.

The TL;DW quote from Eggebrecht:

“Shall we just say it’s definitely something that in some way shape or form should come out of the archives. All the things that I think prevented that back in 2009 when we finished the game should be out of the way nowadays, so I think it’s just about the willingness of us spending some time on it, Disney/Lucasfilm playing along with it, and then EA must be a little in the mix. But we’ll see about that.”

[Chat about Rogue Leaders starts at 38 minutes]


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Nintendo Switch Launch – Behind the Secrecy

With the launch of the Switch just over two weeks away, many are still dubious as to how Nintendo are trying to position this system within the current generation of relatively super-powered consoles from Sony and Microsoft.

Nintendo’s narrative has never shifted from the Switch being classed as a home console – something they’ve been keen to drive home from as early as the first reveal trailer. The primary reason for this is clearly the launch price. But delve a bit deeper and it’s clear Nintendo want to allay fears Switch isn’t merely a repeat of the PlayStation Vita – a portable which promised (and ultimately failed) to deliver full-blown console experiences on the go.

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