Trivia / Rogue Squadron

  • Creator Backlash: During production of Lair, workers at Factor 5 claimed they were sick of working on the Rogue Squadron series and were glad to move on to another franchise; and with a game like Rebel Strike, it showed.
  • Fan Nickname: Darth Bob, an affectionate name for the occasional TIE Fighter in Rogue Leader who decides to kamikaze into the player's ship, often costing a life in the process. Best invoked with a Skyward Scream, Khan-style.
  • Killer App: Rogue Leader was released at the launch of the Nintendo GameCube, and its amazing visuals and gameplay led it to outsell even Nintendo games in some markets. In some European markets, it even managed to outsell Super Smash Bros. Melee during the Gamecube's launch window.
  • Role Reprisal: Dennis Lawson, Wedge Antilles' original actor for the Star Wars films, reprises his role for Rogue Leader.
  • The Other Darrin:
    • Chris Cox subs in for Dennis Lawson as Wedge Antilles in Rebel Strike.
    • In the Death Star Trench Run level of Rogue Leader, David Davies subs in for Sir Alec Guinness' "Use the Force, Luke!" line, apparently because the developers weren't able to clear the rights to use Guinness' dialogue with his estate.
  • Troubled Production: In the Making Of Documentary for Rebel Strike, they mentioned that in an attempt to improve the games performance over Rogue Leader, they made the brazen decision to scrap the entire game engine, and completely rebuild it from scratch. This decision chewed up a very large chunk of the games development time, and ultimately wound up having barely any improvement from the original engine in the end.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • This Unseen64 video details Factor 5's attempts to continue the series. After Rebel Strike, they started concept work on a spin-off focused around playing as Darth Vader called Star Wars: Dark Squadron, but Lucasarts turned it down in favor of an action game featuring Chewbacca...which itself would be quickly cancelled due to George Lucas hating the idea.
    • Also as the above video covers, Factor 5 attempted to make an Updated Re-release compilation of the Rogue Squadron games for the Wii titled Rogue Leaders that contained a number of new features, such as a two-player lightsaber battle mode and rebuilt mechanics for the disliked on-foot missions from Rebel Strike. However, Factor 5 went bankrupt about halfway through development, but continued working on the game in secret. When former employees found out about the deception, they sued for fraud. While the game was done at this point, Lucasarts decided not to publish it as they feared being drawn into the lawsuit.

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