No More Red Faction

THQ ditch the franchise.

THQ CEO Brian Farrell has said that Red Faction: Armageddon is to be the last game in the franchise as it “did not resonate with a sufficiently broad console gaming audience.”

In a recent investor call Farrel said,

“Given that that title now in two successive versions has [only] found a niche, we do not intend to carry forward with that franchise in any meaningful way.

In today’s hit-driven, core gaming business, even highly-polished titles with a reasonable following like Red Faction face a bar that continues to move higher and higher.”

Red Faction: Armageddon has a Metacritic rating of around 73 but THQ will be reviewing its output to ensure higher quality games.

Source: Gamasutra

29 Comments

  1. I’ve tried and tried but I’ve really struggled to get into the 3 Red Faction games I’ve played, I don’t know what it is – the setting, destruction mechanic and deep stories are all elements right up my street but I just can’t enjoy them for some reason.

  2. Putting it simply: They should’ve stuck with FPS’. The first two Red Factions were excellent.

    • Couldn’t agree more.

    • Yep, I think they got too caught up in the destruction mechanics and turned it into a disposable arcade game.

    • Mmmhm. I never really got along with the current generation series even with Guerilla, such a shame when the first two were some of the finest FPS blasting available on PS2 despite their age.

    • “They should’ve stuck with FPS.” RF1 rocked.

    • “They should’ve stuck with FPS.” RF1 rocked. Couldn’t believe when I first seen them use 3rd person & poorly executed too. I hope starhawk will show them how it’s done. (although I fear s.hawk may also not have a shoulder switch, for navigating obstacles from the left.)

    • Yeah, nah. It wasn’t a huge success then, its not a huge success now. Red Faction was never big, that’s why its ditched.

      • Thanks for clearing that up ;)

    • YES.

    • completly agree to this!

    • If you think about it Red Faction had a huge following on PS2 and if theyd stuck with FPS they could have have had something that rivalled Battlefield , Killzone , Resistance and the CoD series on PS3 .
      Personally i loved Guerilla though ! I knew something bad was on the cards when i saw the latest game on HUKD yesterday brand new for £14.99 !

  3. I actually really liked Guerilla, but i got put right off of Armageddon by the fact that it wasn’t open world anymore & hadn’t been reviewing as well as i had hoped.

    A lot of people say that they made a mis-step by going 3rd person instead of 1st, but i personally think that the real mis-step was confining the experience to tunnels, making enemies much more generic & toning down the amount of destruction you could do in Armageddon.

    I think that if they had actually made a ‘true’ successor to Guerilla instead of something that is widely felt as a step back for the series, it would have been much more successful.

    I would have bought it at least.

    • completely agree, lost interest when I found out it was open world.

      I’m really beginning to dislike THQ

  4. Loved guerilla but armageddon was a real step back for me. This is a big shame though, great franchise which I hope someone continues.

  5. Red Faction: Guerilla was great had brilliant time with Multiplayer and destructions, but I have never played Armageddon but from what I heard and by the looks of it, I decided not to buy it sadly. I really do miss the FPS Red Faction back then!

  6. This seems sensible, better to admit defeat and focus on making a profit than blaming second hand sales of unpopular games for losing money!

  7. Woav according to VG, Armageddon hhas only moved 230.000 units globally :o Now that can kill any game franchise.

    But good call THQ.

    • That is awfully bad. Shame.

  8. I also loved Guerilla,Armageddon was much the lesser game but with volition doing saints 3 open world i guess there was a chance of competing with their own product.

  9. I hope someone at THQ realises that the FPS Red Faction games were brilliant and decide to make a new franchise that was similar to RF1 and RF2.

  10. The 2nd one on PS2 was the best. God knows why they had to change it for. Oh well.

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