No more Red Faction, says THQ

Red Faction: Armageddon blew up an entire planet – and, it seems, an entire franchise. THQ has confirmed that the Red Faction series is now merely a “niche” title, and it will be put to rest.

[img_big]center,4702,2011-01-24/greentank.jpg,Red Faction: Armageddon[/img_big]

Company CEO Brian Farrell, speaking in an investor call, explained the decision:

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

The franchise started out promisingly enough back in 2001 with the original Red Faction, followed a year later by the creatively-titled Red Faction II. Then there was a seven-year hiatus, before a glorious return, revamp and redesign saw Red Faction: Guerrilla arrive in 2009.

This year, we saw the release of Red Faction: Armageddon, complete with farting unicorn. Then there was the spin-off title Red Faction: Battlegrounds and even a movie for SyFy, Red Faction: Origins.

This does not mean the end for Volition, however. Farrell described the development team as “talented”, and has explained that employees will start working on Insane, the company’s upcoming project with Guillermo del Toro.


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