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THQ giving up on Red Faction after "disappointing" Armageddon

“We are disappointed in our first quarter financial performance,” THQ's Brian Farrell admitted in fiscal results released to investors this week. The company posted a loss of $US38.4M, with Farrell laying much of the blame for the poor result on high-profile disappointment Red Faction: Armageddon. Appropriately enough for a game named after the End of All Things, the title turns out to be almost certainly the last in the series, with Farrell announcing that the company has no plans “to continue with that franchise in any meaningful way.”


Above: In 2001, you needed this like you needed a hole in the head (which you couldn't have anyway, unless you shot it just right)

The series debuted in 2001 with a burst of fanfare and grand claims for its “revolutionary” Geo-Mod engine, which promised infinitely destructible environments and delivered solid walls in which you could make a few holes if you shot them just right. The poster-child for an era in which titles became franchises solely on the inertia of their own branding, the middlingly-received title earned a few middlingly-received sequels (including the underappreciated Guerrilla, which we actually kind of loved) before finally forcing Farrell to admit that a “passionate niche following” wasn't enough to save the series, which “did not resonate with a sufficiently broad console gaming audience.”

Red Faction: Armageddon's release coincided with those of XBLA/PSN spin-off Red Faction: Battlegrounds and the SyFy original movie, Red Faction: Origins. Both were middlingly-received.


Above: More of this please

Are you sad to hear of Red Faction's demise? Will you be firing up Guerrilla to revisit the one time the series made good on its promises in any meaningful way?

Jul 27, 2011

Source: Gamasutra

47 comments

  • saintsofboredom - August 1, 2011 3:40 a.m.

    Guerrilla was fun to play, and I didn't even play the multiplayer. I'm sad to see it go, but I feel that armageddon strayed a little bit to far from the main series.
  • YuGiOhisbetterthanMagic - July 28, 2011 7:07 p.m.

    When i played the demo for Armageddon, I was like "oh hey, look at all this cool new stuff I CANT USE" Guerrilla was awesome because you became a sledgehammer powered harbinger of the Apocalypse, tearing a path of death and utter destruction across the surface of mars. Armageddon on the other hand gave you even more power, and less stuff to actually use it on. Like being giving cake and then being punched in the nuts when you try to eat it.
  • dakoyta-rumsey - April 30, 2012 8:10 a.m.

    Perfect comparison lol.
  • Genericide - July 28, 2011 4:52 p.m.

    I have no investment in Red Faction at all and am only sad to see it go because some developer is probably very depressed about it. However, though I have little affection for Red Faction, I have plenty for what it tried to do. I think the whole destroyable environments deal is something that more games could try, not even necessarily as a gimmick that fuels the whole game but just as something that is present in it. I'm way more interested in gameplay innovation like that as opposed to, say, increased graphical capability.
  • jackthemenace - July 28, 2011 4:40 p.m.

    'Middlingly' is a good word.
  • RedOutlive10 - July 28, 2011 3:32 p.m.

    Well I guess that's the game industry for you, if it's not selling millions it's a bad IP.
  • nickapleeze - July 28, 2011 3:21 p.m.

    What a bummer! RF:A may have been different from the past versions in the series, but it was a fantastic game. It's the best third person action shooter to come out in a while and I'm sad to hear that they aren't making any more. Guess I'll have to play through it a few more times to get my fix. Please reconsider, THQ!
  • mothbanquet - July 28, 2011 2:59 p.m.

    I remember the first mission where you stole the walker in Guerilla. My interest in the game went from 'this is okay I guess' to 'holy crap, I'm walking THROUGH buildings!!!'. I loved the first game and, though it wasn't as tight, I enjoyed the second game too. I'll remember Fed Faction fondly but I think they'd done just about all they could do with the franchise and there's only so far you can stretch the Mars setting. I mean, couldn't they have moved the series along to Saturn? Anyways, RIP Red Faction, I guess.
  • MCN2011 - July 28, 2011 2:27 p.m.

    If only they'd made a proper sequel to Guerilla. That was a brilliant game.
  • centrip - July 28, 2011 1:53 p.m.

    This first Red Faction was great. You really felt claustrophobic and that the whole planet was against you. You forget that some of the gameplay involved tunneling through walls with a mole machine ala thunderbirds - a bit more than 'a few holes'. I think the first one should come out on PSN and XBL.
  • MidianGTX - July 28, 2011 1:37 p.m.

    Guerrilla sucked due to buildings remaining in their destroyed state. The best part of the game led to the worst part of the game: a massive barren wasteland.
  • HumorTumor - July 28, 2011 12:40 p.m.

    The only Red Faction game that lit my world was the first. Guerilla was fun, but I didn't think it was overly amazing.
  • azureguy - July 28, 2011 11:45 a.m.

    This is a joke, right? I just bought Guerrilla on Steam today (already own it for the PS3) and on the exact same day, I hear that the series is no more? Armageddon is good in its own right, but people must stop comparing it to Guerrilla. It's the same thing that happened to Bionic Commando: Just because it peopel assume you can go anywhere judging from the trailers (based on the trailers), people expect a GTA-like game. On top of that, Prototype was released around the same time, so they would compare these two games. Bionic Commando wasn't a 10, but it certainly was a 7 or 6 for me. Armageddon at least has some replay value, which BC had not - and it's still not successful? Also, I agree that this week is a bad luck week: First Legends 3 and now this.
  • lilbuddha - July 28, 2011 10:23 a.m.

    Another case of developers ignoring what the gamers actually want. Guerrilla was incredible, the MP unique and fun, the various objectives fun as well. They should have repeated the same game formula but with much better variety to the buildings / missions and they would have sold me over easily. The moment i heard Arm. was going to be underground I lost all interest in the game completely.
  • TriforcePlayer - July 28, 2011 9:52 a.m.

    Guerrilla is loads of fun and I'm getting on it right now. They should've stuck with the sandbox thing instead of that generic shooter nonsense.
  • Bynowyouknow - July 28, 2011 9:38 a.m.

    Oh and I played the demo for guerilla and couldn't enjoy myself. I felt the graphics were bad not awful but off-putting and the gameplay felt cheap and not fleshed out. Could've just been the demo. I wish they'd reboot it and go back to first person and make it like a half-life on mars on the surface and under in tunnels. It'd be sweet. THQ hear my wish?!...
  • Bynowyouknow - July 28, 2011 9:28 a.m.

    I loved the first red faction. Me and my cousin would play it for hours digging insane tunnels and killing the bots(remember bots?). After the first one it was never the same imo. Wish it never changed I'd still love the franchise to this day. Oh what could have been...
  • oni - July 28, 2011 7:45 a.m.

    Guerilla was the best.Still playing although have never finished it. Who told them to remove the vehicles in Armageddon? Guerilla reminded me of Freedom Fighter, a squad tactical game that I really liked. Unfortunately the guerilla joining us in RF: G tend to die easily and cost too much morale points. Plus there's no tactical control over them like in Freedom Fighter. Sad to see a good franchise die away. Modders, you're up.
  • Spybreak8 - July 28, 2011 7:43 a.m.

    Why they decided to go back underground into a linear shooter was beyond me (yes yes even though that's what the previous games were all about/however the franchise had evolved into Guerilla which has potential to rock if focused on that).
  • taokaka - July 28, 2011 7:39 a.m.

    I loved guerilla so much that I have bought it twice and this has just ruined my day.

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