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Friday, 29 July 2011 08:50

Red Faction franchise at an end

Written by David Stellmack

THQ killed off as sales didn’t meet expectations
THQ has confirmed that the franchise known as Red Faction that was developed by the publisher is now at an end. The company has announced that the sales of the latest Red Faction: Armageddon did not meet expectations despite a heavy and hard push from THQ.

Reviews of the Red Faction games developed by Volition (which is the studio best known for the Saints Row franchise) in the Red Faction series were not bad. In fact, they were clearly better than much of the latest junk that has been coming out from a number of publishers lately. While reviews were never perfect, in the four title run the series continued to show promise and potential, but it just never seemed to be embraced by players.

THQ has been having a rough road recently, with a number of titles not doing the numbers that the company expected. In Q2 the company has a number of titles that the company is hoping will turn things around, the biggest of which is Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine in which the company has a significant investment. The company will also be releasing some core children’s titles the likes of which have always done pretty well for the company.

Upcoming releases include a Penguins of Madagascar game as well as Barbie Jet Set and Style. THQ is planning on supporting these upcoming releases with an extensive marketing effort to get the word out and sales up, or at least that is the plan they are talking about.

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+4 #1 techno 2011-07-29 09:37
They killed the series when they went from 1st to 3rd person view....RF1 was one of the best games ever....shame they changed to fall in line with other 3rd person console games.
+1 #2 leftiszi 2011-07-29 10:31
What the hell is happening with gaming anyway? Red Faction is an awesome franchise. Just finished Armageddon (Steam Version) and I have to say that I am astonished by the game's engine prowess and the freedom given to the player to do stuff. That destruction model is mind boggling.

How can CoD [censored] ups sell so well and awesome games like Red Faction not meet expectations?

I'd strongly advice everyone to give it a very good look.

Here are a couple of gameplay videos I uploaded, for anyone that cares.
+1 #3 Boomstick777 2011-07-29 11:33
Thank god, hopefully they will stop trying to milk this series anymore.

Why not develop a new game, maybe with a bit of innovation, some decent ai. A new game would probably sell much better!
+5 #4 HBeam 2011-07-29 13:12
OMG! They killed Red Faction! You bastards!
+1 #5 Bors Mistral 2011-07-29 16:36
That's a sad, sad day...

Can we have a new FreeSpace now?
+2 #6 redunion1940 2011-07-29 17:14
I would say some of the reason for lack of sales, is that 3rd person isn't really good for the twitch fighting it had. The third person was much better for the open world gameplay of Guerilla.

Don't know what to say but I loved Guerilla, didn't like Armageddon as much.
0 #7 s{orpion 2011-07-30 00:24
sad situation... I own and played the recently release of Red Faction: Armageddon. It is a great game with good story and fun combat. Very polished and beautiful to behold. However, like Dragon Age II and Arcania 'Gothic 4', moving from a more open epic enviroment to a more linear storyline with less game play was not well received by the fans (making games more linear and 'simple' is called 'consolizing'... a move to appease console players and wider fan base). All the above games are excellent productions... but they did not meet the originals high standards. Tip to game producers:In the RPG industry DO NOT kick your fan base in the balls... it will hurt sales LoL
0 #8 123s 2011-07-30 01:01
I played the Red Faction besides this, dont even remember the whole name just that game played on Mars and you could destroy shit...pretty surprising that it failed, isnt it.

@ s{orpion
The "casualisation" didnt hurt DA2 sales if I remember right >.> and Gothic 4 had too many flaws anyway.

Core fanbase is irrelevant for teh bsns, its all about getting more casual gamers to play your games.
0 #9 techno 2011-07-30 06:41
I hate 3rd person games.....why on earth would I want to have my character obscuring much of my view? Not just a minor niggle it is to the extent that I rarely play 3rd person games and find it very difficult when I try.
You should be able to switch between perspectives at will.

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