Factor 5 is back in business!
Julian Eggebrecht stated that Factor 5 is in existence again!
...seit wenigen Tagen ist beim Kölner Amtsgericht die Factor 5 GmbH wieder in Existenz, das heißt wir haben uns endlich mal unsere gesamten Trademark-Rechte und alle Geschichten konsolidiert und sowas. Und wie ich letztes Jahr glaube ich schon mal erwähnt hatte haben wir auch den gesamten... nicht nur unsere eigenen Spiele alle gekauft, praktisch die Rechte uns zurückgekauft, das was noch woanders war, sondern wir haben auch den gesamten Nachlass von Rainbow Arts und Softgold, den deutschen ..?... aus der THQ-Pleite raus gekauft, das heißt alles was mal bei Rainbow Arts gemacht wurde, jedes Fitzelchen Papier, Spiele, Sourcecode, alles ... und der Plan ist schon früher oder später das Ganze zu vermarkten und deswegen sehe ich zumindest mit nem lachenden Auge in Richtung, ja, jetzt könnte man demnächst auch mal was mit Turrican wieder machen, aber ich kann noch nichts Konkretes sagen.
Roughly: Since a few days Factor 5 is in existance again at the local court of Cologne. They bought all Rainbow-Arts/Softgold-rights and are thinking of making a new Turrican, but he cannot say anything concrete yet.
Source: Spieleveteranen Podcast
Thanks to Bernd for the tip! :)
16 Years of Turrican SETA
In two days Turrican SETA has it´s 16th birthday!
Especially if you consider that the last official Turrican game is now 21 years old, it was quite an eventfull year.
We had a new version of T2002, a Kickstarter for an orchestral Turrican album with lots of fine Turrican artwork and the Members of Factor 5 announced they still want to make a new Turrican (see below, "Stay Forever Podcast").
Turrican II – The Orchestral Album was even premiered live, in a concert hall in Bochum and there I finally got to meet some of my personal heroes & Amiga scene legends:
Lutz Osterkorn, Chris Hülsbeck, Willi Bäcker (and think I saw Rudolf Stember in die audience), Jan Zottmann and Fabian del Priore (whom I recognized afterwards, until then it seemed just a nice guy named Fabian).
It was a pleasure to meet them after the concert and to hear they know about my site, sadly there wasn´t much time to ask about some cool stories. But Willi promised they´d verfiy my data on my makers-page and so I received an email from Andreas Escher. Which I´ve still got to anwser (if your´re reading this: Sorry, I´m still considering what the hell I could ask/write, now that I have the opportunity ;).
So, again thanks to you all, especially to everyone who regularly posts in the shoutbox!
Note: sorry, xmas timeout, I´ll write some more tomorrow :)
Some Impressions from the Turrican II – The Orchestral Album premiere
New T2002 Levelpack Beast vs Universal Soldier
Lukasz Maniewski released his new, Shadow of the Beast themed T2002-Levelpack "Beast vs Universal Soldier", see the Turrican levelbase!
More Amiga-Piano music by Kordian Wiecek
Kordian Wiecek released some more videos of his fantastic Amiga-Piano Concert, see his youtube-channel. And he released piano-sheets!
Chris Huelsbeck / Turrican Concert in Bochum
This weekend (12.11.2016) the Turrican II Orchestral album selection is to be premiered live in Bochum!
Turrican, live, in a concert hall. With Chris Huelsbeck! Do I need to say more? Be there, there are still some tickets left!
Stay Forever Podcast / a new Turrican?
Stay Forever, a retro-gaming podcast made a very interesting episode about Turrican some months ago, featuring interviews with Factor 5´s Julian Eggebrecht.
Besides some historical things Julian stated:
"Als THQ pleite gegangen ist [...] nach langem hin und her haben wir dann mit der deutschen Factor 5 den kompletten Nachlass von Rainbow Arts und Softgold gekauft und die ganzen Trademarks dazu unter anderen natürlich auch Turrican und alles, die gehören heutzugage uns. Und die Intention ist das wir im Prinzip ne neue Rainbow Arts gründen und das wir an die Rainbow-Arts von der Factor 5 Seite auch die Turrican Lizenz geben. Manfrez [Trenz] ist auch an Bord, das heißt wenn wir was Neues machen würden mit Turrican dann hätte man auch wirklich alle miteinander, Chris Hülsbeck bedrängt mich schon [...], ich hoffe mal das wir später dieses Jahr mal endlich dazu kommen, aber wie gesagt, wir müssen es mal einfach auf die Reihe kriegen [...] Es ist nicht so leicht mal einfach nen Kickstartet zu machen und damit Geld einzusammeln [...] das geht leider nicht ganz so simpel."
Roughly translated: The german Factor 5 bought all trademarks from the bankcrupt THQ, including Turrican and they would like to make a new Turrican. Even Manfred Trenz would be on board and Chris Huelsbeck asks him when they´ll start every two weeks. But it wouln´t be as simple as making a kickstarter and collecting the money, the´ll just have find the time.
Personally, I´d surely be glad about a new Turrican but don´t have much hope at the moment. We´ve long waited for Factor 5´s Thornado and didn´t hear anything from Manfred Trenz for years.
And what would be the right way to to a modern Turrican these days anyway, something like Giana Sisters - Twisted Dreams/Super Mario Bros?
I´d definitely prefer something more Metroidvania-Style like Axiom Verge, but well, that´s just my taste.
PS: Also listen to the other Stay Forever Episodes, they´re awesome (if you understand german...)
A while ago I got an email about a Turrican inspired, not being a clone or remake, game named "Park Cleaner". By now it´s finished, so have a look.
"Groups of BB (buggy bots) and SS (second hand systems) are darken the skies in the eastlands of the old classic park. Only the local gardener can save our culture now!
Park Cleaner on itch.io
Currently working to make the page more mobile friendly, not yet finished, some things might look a bit odd.
Videos should load only after you click play and if your device is too small, pictures should scale down and the menu should switch to the top.
If anything appears to be broken in your browser, please tell me in the shoutbox ;).
Turrican II Live Orchestra Album by Chris Huelsbeck
Chris Huelsbecks new Soundtrack-Campaign already got successfully financed!
Turrican II – The Orchestral Album will feature nearly an hour of completely new, never before heard, orchestral arrangements of some of the most popular pieces of music from Turrican II. Tracks planned for the album include The Final Fight, Freedom, The Great Bath, Concerto for Lasers and Enemies and The Desert Rocks. We will be revealing more tracks as the project progresses. Depending on the campaign’s success, all backers will get to hear Turrican II’s orchestral beauty from December this year."
More on kickstarter.com!
Turrican SETA MP3-Player updated
The SETA-MP3-Player (floating under the left menu...) got an update. I replaced the old flash-player with an html5-version, should work in all modern browsers, tested in Firefox, IE, Chrome and an Android-phone.
For the technically interested: This is the third version, the first one was based on a browser-plugin (modplug), playing mods instead of MP3s, back in 2000 we had such things.
Axiom Verge added to SETA
Axiom Verge got added to the SETA.
In case you haven´t already heard of it, it´s a quite new (2015) and very well made Metroidvania with a lot of original ideas. Also it features quite captivating and atmospheric music.
The most interesting description I´ve read was "you think you know how it plays, but you don´t", surprisingly right.
Created by only one man, like in the old times, impressive!
(I´m still counting on you, Manfred Trenz!)
T2002X is out!
T2002 is, as you may know, a Windows version of Turrican, which was released in 2003, and now got a huge update.
Changes according to readme:
T2002X is a technical update for T2002. The main purpose is to ensure T2002 running on current Windows versions while maintaining the compatibility to existing level packs.
Download at http://www.pekaro.de/t2002.html.
Thanks to Robert for the hint and big respect to Pekaro for the great work - now for over 13 years!
Also, have a look at our Turrican Levelbase where you can find a lot of levels for T2002.
Preview track for upcoming piano concert
Also, there´s a facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/musikschule.siegburg
(Turrican?) Piano Concert in Siegburg
On February the 13. will be another game-music Piano-Concert in Siegburg at the Engelbert Humperdinck music-school.
What is played will be a surprise, but according to the flyer it seems to include Final Fight (the beat em up, not Turrican! Hopefully the brilliant Amiga "lost in Time" version.) The motto is "A small contemporary history of the computermusic-world from 1985 to the present".
In youtube, Kordian, the arranger and pianist, also stated to play Amiga and PS3 music (see comments).
See what you missed last year on youtube.
Please spread the word, print out the poster and come listen!
Gunlord to be developed for Retro VGS console
And if we are lucky Gunlord gets released for the interesting new (is "new" even appropriate in this context?) Retro VGS console!
Lost Kid Ikarus by Factor 5, featuring lost Turrican reboot footage
It seems Factor 5 was working on a Kid Icarus game for Wii, which never was finished, as reported by unseen64.net/.
The video includes some very short test footage of a Turrican reboot (only a monster) at 08:37s.
And now I know how Eggebrecht is pronounced in english!
Check out https://twitter.com/Ravenlordess and https://www.facebook.com/ravenlordess for some awesome Turrican cosplay - surprisingly done by a female person!
Also features Giana Sisters, posing with Chris Hülsbeck and lots of other cool stuff.
Thanks to pArker for the hint! :)
I still have to ask her if I can archive some pictures at the SETA ;)
New Turrican Remix
Get "Turrican Track Start Screen 16 Bit memory's" by Jürgen Andreas E. at the Turrican Soundbase!
Insert Disk 2
Even more music:
Jan Zottmann, the producer of the Amiga Immortal CDs is involved as producer in the Amiga-Remix-Album "Insert Disk 2", which can now be preordered.
Release date is 20.06.2015!
Second album of video game music remixer Instant Remedy, this time remixing music from famous Amiga games in a dance style.
01. Battle Squadron "Ingame" (Klaren) 4:36
02. Lotus Turbo Challenge 2 (Leitch) 5:00
03. Paranoimia Cracktro "Ready" (Cage) 4:07
04. Seven Gates of Jambala (Hippel) 4:14
05. Jochen Hippel Megamix (Hippel) 13:58
06. Lost Patrol (Glaister) 5:32
07. Project X (Brimble) 4:00
08. Chris Huelsbeck Megamix (Huelsbeck) 17:06
09. Battle Squadron "Game Over" (Klaren) 4:57
10. Full Contact (Brimble) 4:12
11. Turrican "The Tower" (Huelsbeck) 3:43
12. Pinball Dreams "Nightmare" (Gustafsson) 4:25
And a very fresh preview:
Chris Hülsbeck The Piano Collection
For the interested, the latest (still temporary) tracklist for Chris Hülsbeck´s The Piano Collection:
The Great Giana Sisters
To be on Top Medley
R-Type Title Theme
The Great Bath
Gem'X Title Theme
Theme from The Carl Lewis Challenge
Jim Power Stage 1
Jim Power Stage 3
Turrican 3 Credits
Extreme Assault Credits
Apidya Credits (Orchestra Bonus)
And if you want to see & hear Chris Hülsbeck live, your next chance is the gamescom Piano Dinner!
Video of the Turrican Piano Concert in Siegburg
It took a while, but here it is: A video of the Turrican Piano Concert in Siegburg (see news below).
Composer : Chris Hülsbeck
Piano: Kordian Wiecek (left) , Alexander Wied (right)
Arrangement: Kordian Wiecek
Info: Turrican Suite for Two Pianos
Welcome to Turrican - Loading Screen 1 - Thunder Plains - Loading Screen 2 - The Great Bath - Loading Screen 3 - Laser and Enemies - Loading Screen 4 - Tower of Morgul - The Final Fight - Credits
Encore: Rafael Dyll - Gunlord(Murky Exploration)
Thanks to Kordian Wiecek and Alexander Wied for the wonderful arrangement and fantastic work & to Chris Huelsbeck for the permit!
Please give some nice Feedback at Youtube :).
MP3s will follow soon!
Turrican Piano Concert in Siegburg
I just got a mail from Kordian Wiecek, who invites to a classical concert where he will be playing Bach, Beethoven and a 30-minute arrangement of Turrican, written by him for two pianos!
The concert will be in one week on saturday the 21.03, in Siegburg at the Engelbert Humperdinck music-school.
So please spread the word and come to celebrate 25 years of Turrican! (I´m also looking at you, Chris Huelsbeck ;)
Schönen guten Morgen,
Discuss at the forum.
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