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Factor 5 Animator Claims Studio is Cutting Projects

Developer Factor 5 is facing tough choices due to our bad economy, according to a blog post from Sam Baker, an animator for the company. Baker explains that after a two-week foray to work with California-based animation studio The Orphanage, he came back to Factor 5 and found that none of his fellow employees had been paid in the past month. His team continued on their current project, but then had their health care benefits taken as a cost-saving measure.

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Blademask3210d ago

I think Lair was a 'meh' game. If it had normal controls, it woulda been 70% more than likely.. But Sony forced them to use the dumbaxis right?

At least fund another project? Or.. just let em go away. What else have they done?

Tony P3209d ago

They did the Rebel Squadron series...which isn't my bag, personally.

As a matter of compassion, I'd want them to stay open for business. It's far more important that the people there have jobs to attend and employees are taken care of. But as a gamer, without playing anything standout from F5, I can't see any reason to have them stay around.

candystop3209d ago

You and the rest of the Sony fanboys are so stupid it's hilarious lol. Sony's not in any position to be bailing anyone out the way there shares are plummeting.If anything MS should bail them out and have them to develop for a console that actually makes money in software.

40cal3209d ago

Microsoft Corporation. MSFT (NASDAQ GS)
7:58pm 12/05/2008Pre-Market After Hours $19.75Change: -0.12 -0.60%

Sony Corp. SNE (NYSE)
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Just so you know where the Disagree came from.

darkdoom30003209d ago (Edited 3209d ago )

^^ Nice one.

O4U (bubble for you)

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tatotiburon3210d ago

Factor 5, you were so successful, i enjoyed all your games in N64 and GC, but you made a bad choice choosing the wrong console and made the biggest Flop in History. I hope you come back very soon in another console with better games.

Deviant3210d ago

"Rare , you were so successful, i enjoyed all your games in N64 (and GC), but you made a bad choice choosing the wrong console and made the biggest Flop in History. I hope you come back very soon in another console with better games."

couldn't resist xD

gambare3209d ago (Edited 3209d ago )

"SquareEnix , you were so successful, i enjoyed all your games in Playstation (and PS2), but you made a bad choice choosing the wrong console and made the biggest Flop in History. I hope you come back very soon in another console with better games."

lol me neither

DiabloRising3209d ago

LOL.

Deviant and Gam with the ultimate smackdown.

I smiled. ;-)

baum3209d ago

"Silicon Knights, you were so successful, i enjoyed all your games in last-gen and last-last-gen consoles, but you made a bad choice choosing the wrong console and made the biggest Flop in History. I hope you come back very soon in another console with better games."

(In reference to too flop and the great games that they made before, like Eternal Darkness, Metal Gear Remake, Blood Omen series)

"Namco Bandai, you were so successful, i enjoyed all your games in last-gen and last-last-gen consoles, but you made a bad choice choosing the wrong console and made the biggest Flop in History. I hope you come back very soon in another console with better games."

(In reference to the dozens of flops that have been released on 360, you know, Culdcept Saga, Eternal Sonata, Tales of Vesperia, Ace Combat 6, Beautiful Katamari, to name a few)

"Capcom, you were so successful, i enjoyed all your games in last-gen and last-last-gen consoles, but you made a bad choice choosing the wrong console and made the biggest Flop in History. I hope you come back very soon in another console with better games."

(In reference to Bulletwitch, lag fighter 2 on XBLA, and the fact that Lost Planet and Dead Rising failed to attain "AAA" status after being so overhyped by Xbox fanboys)

"From Software, you were so successful, i enjoyed all your games in last-gen and last-last-gen consoles, but you made a bad choice choosing the wrong console and made the biggest Flop in History. I hope you come back very soon in another console with better games."

(In reference to the mediocre Enchanted Arms, the ports that they've made to 360 of several other games, and their upcoming lackluster Ninja Blade which is probably going to flop)

"Koei, you were so successful, i enjoyed all your games in last-gen and last-last-gen consoles, but you made a bad choice choosing the wrong console and made the biggest Flop in History. I hope you come back very soon in another console with better games."

(In reference to how Kessen was a much better representation of their success on PS2 and how their games suck now that they are coincidentally doint 360 ports and even one 360 timed exclusive)

"Tecmo, you were so successful, i enjoyed all your games in last-gen and last-last-gen consoles, but you made a bad choice choosing the wrong console and made the biggest Flop in History. I hope you come back very soon in another console with better games."

(In reference to both Ninja Gaiden and Dead or Alive being consistently outsold by the competing franchises on every other system available, and of course, every other fighting game being better than DOA)

"Q Entertainment, you were so successful, i enjoyed all your games in last-gen and last-last-gen consoles, but you made a bad choice choosing the wrong console and made the biggest Flop in History. I hope you come back very soon in another console with better games."

(In reference to how Rez and Space Channel 5 were actually good (didn't they make Lumines too?), and how Ninety-Nine Knights sucks ass)

That's not to mention Square Enix and Rare.

Anyway, perhaps Tatotiburon is a 10 year old, because Daikatana could be considered the biggest flop in history yet he ignores that. Same thing goes for Too "10 years in the making" Flop. Lair was overhyped but it wasn't coming from "one of the makers of Quake/Doom" or a 100 million dollar project of one of the re-makers of "Metal Gear Solid" and the makers of the "Legacy of Kain" series. Killzone 2 would compete with Too Human in terms of budget lost, but again it took less time to make and it doesn't come from an award winning developer, and it could end up being a great game so who knows. The only award winning developer that made a true flop on PS3 was Free Radical but Sony isn't paying left and right just for getting timed flops.

Enjoy your timed flops, fanboy.

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ngg123453210d ago

WHy should they do that. Lair was a disaster, the most infamous video game this generation (outside of Denis DYack fiasco). They deserve were they are. If they didn't make daikatana 2, they wouldn't be here.

Danja3209d ago (Edited 3209d ago )

Lair wan't a horrible game it just had awkward controls and repetitve missions , I enjoyed the game for what it tried to do..and I would give it a 7/10..cuz I dont buy into media bullsh!it , I rather play the game for myself..

and I hope Sony Bail out Factor 5...

lets talk about Too Human that took 10 years to make..but flopped all over the place...thats a flop right there...

baum3209d ago

That one goes to "Infamous" actually.

No but seriously, if you mean infamous as in low quality and at the same time overhyped, then Too Human comes first. Of course to some it would be Lair, because people love to hate everything PS3 related, but honestly, with an estimated 100 million dollar budget after being 10 years in the making, suing Epic games, getting a massive coverage at EGM in 2006 and being made by the developers of Eternal Darkness and Blood Omen, you can't fall harder than that. Lair was coming from a good developer, not an award winning one and wasn't a game with as much budget and time in the making as too human.

Radiodread3210d ago

that's IT. Factor 5 did rogue squadron and that was a kickass game. They have talent to make masterpieces. "The most infamous video game this generation" was Too Human. That was the flop of the decade. Rogue Squadron appealed to the masses and got decent scores. And if it weren't from the bad sixaxis controls (which you ca change to analog now) it would have been an awesome game and still is in my eyes.

It's a shame their employees aren't getting paid, though I would have liked to seen a sequel to Lair or even a new IP from them. THEY DON'T DESERVE TO BE WHERE THEY ARE.

"Biggest flop in history", haha your life is the biggest flop in history.

happyface3209d ago

lol, did the ps3 just bankrupt a dev?

DJ3209d ago

They bankrupted themselves; that game was trash. I'm sure Sony would be willing to bail them out, but they'd have to have some compelling content as leverage.

happyface3209d ago

Lair was a ps3 exclusive, sony fans should have supported it by buying it

all the bad reviews were just xbox bias too probably

Danja3209d ago

The game wasn't Trash , had lair went with the traditional control scheme instead of using the six-axis ..the game would have been scored better..

it's still a beautiful game and the controls aren't even that bad....just takes time to get use to...

Harry1903209d ago

Wasn't Sony funding the development? How could they have lost their money on Lair then?

DJ3209d ago

"Lair was a ps3 exclusive, sony fans should have supported it by buying it"

Just because I own a PS3 doesn't mean I'm going to buy every exclusive title. I support quality, which is why I only purchase high quality titles. Lair simply didn't fit that bill, so screw Factor 5.

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