Ex-Factor 5 staff form social games studio
Julian Eggebrecht and other veterans set up TouchFactor in Marin County
Factor 5 boss Julian Eggebrecht, and a number of his other ex-staff, have formed a new social gaming studio in Marin County, California called TouchFactor.
The company describes its mission as creating "interactive software and technologies across a variety of media that is innovative, recognizable, memorable, and instantly usable".
Factor 5 was originally founded in Germany in 1988 and originally grew to prominence with 16-bit series Turrican. Once relocated to the US the company established close connections with both LucasArts and Nintendo.
As a result the company created the successful Star Wars: Rogue Squadron series on the Nintendo 64, with the sequel becoming the best-selling GameCube launch title in the US. Noted for its leading edge graphics and sound technology the company also created the widely used MusyX: Dolby Sound Tools for various Nintendo formats.
Factor 5 appeared to distance itself from both LucasArts and Nintendo at the beginning of the current console generation and following the release of the poorly received PlayStation 3 exclusive Lair, and collapse of publisher Brash Entertainment, the company closed its US offices in 2009.