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THQ: "No Plans" To Stick With Red Faction Franchise

What began with the fantastic Red Faction on the PS2 back in 2001 may have just fizzled out for good.

THQ brought back the franchise after a few lesser-quality installments last generation, and Red Faction: Guerrilla was definitely a high point. The recently released Red Faction: Armageddon was decent, too, but it didn't sell well. And the less said about Red Faction: Battlegrounds, the better.

The result? A disappointed company, as the publisher has shelved the series. THQ reported a disappointing $38.4 million quarterly loss and CEO Brian Farrell told investors that the company has no new plans for the franchise.

"Given that the 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."

They even tried a SyFy tie-in movie to help promote the series but unfortunately, things just haven't worked out. These days, first-person shooters rule the roost and if you're going the third-person route, you have to compete with stuff like Uncharted and Gears of War. This is one competitive business, ya know.

Tags: red faction, thq, red faction armageddon

7/27/2011 8:42:19 PM John Shepard

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Comments (24 posts)

Danny007
Wednesday, July 27, 2011 @ 10:00:06 PM
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Hey THQ, can you make another sequel in the Stuntman franchise? Those are two of the few games I enjoyed from the publisher.

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AnonymousPoster
Friday, July 29, 2011 @ 3:28:50 AM

^^This. Stuntman: Ignition is a brilliant driving game.


I think THQ is simply too impatient. They have a lot of great properties, but none of them are at the point of having mass appeal, and yet THQ expects every new release to rival the biggest franchises out there. You need to nurture your games; not trash franchises based on a month or two of poor sales, from either mis-marketing or a poor development decision.

Even Uncharted wasn't a smashing success in the beginning. If THQ had been in charge, I'm sure they would have shelved that, too, for not instantly flying off the shelves.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, July 27, 2011 @ 10:13:17 PM
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Haha, and they were just talking about how fantastic their franchises were and how they were on their way to the top multiplat publisher spot. Time to switch things up a bit guys, I like your Saints Row games, how about taking that engine and trying an open world inFamous style game?

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Mamills
Wednesday, July 27, 2011 @ 10:21:00 PM
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no surprise, sorry but i took 1 look at this game and knew what to expect, these developers really dont put much effort into story or character.

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maxpontiac
Thursday, July 28, 2011 @ 11:22:54 AM

Agreed. As a fan of the original Red Faction the PS2, this series has been ruined since..

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FM23
Wednesday, July 27, 2011 @ 10:44:31 PM
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I loved Red Faction Guerilla, but Armageddon looks awful and I definitely don't care to try it. Never played 1 0r 2, but clearly this franchise is dead...Guerilla sold poorly too...not sure why they taught this alien theme RF was going to be the best thing out...tried to copy Gears/Dead Space a little too much and ended up failing.

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Beamboom
Thursday, July 28, 2011 @ 5:25:31 AM

Yeah RF Guerilla was loads of fun, they should have just continued to build on that!

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maxpontiac
Thursday, July 28, 2011 @ 11:23:25 AM

They should have stayed put with the FPS blow up everything formula, and never went near the TPS blow up what we say ideal.

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Dancemachine55
Wednesday, July 27, 2011 @ 10:53:23 PM
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Loved RF Guerilla. Didn't get RF Armageddon though, the linear claustrophobic underground tunnels just didn't quite do it for me, and the demo was good and solid, but it just didn't wow me.

Now's a good time for me to catch up on all the games I have yet to finish. Duke Nukem Forever is first up. Then I gotta get through FF XIII, R&C A Crack in Time, get a start on GT5, finish Splinter Cell Conviction, Red Dead Redemption again on 360 now (lousy friends only playing their 360's online, grumble), then Bioshock 1, Fallout 3 and both Dragon Age games on my PC.

Will be playing both Mass Effects again around January and February when ME3 is nearing release. So many games, so little time!!!
Maybe I should spend less time chatting round here on the PSXextreme comments section and actually play the games I buy!! :)

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Dancemachine55
Wednesday, July 27, 2011 @ 11:04:31 PM

Sorry, kinda got sidetracked from the article.

I hope Saints Row the Third is a big hit for THQ, but as the people say, the proof is in the pudding.

The big successful games generally stand out on their own and wow the crowd with stunning environments, great characters, deep and meaningful stories, etc etc. Bioshock Infinite, Uncharted and Mass Effect are 3 games that come to mind.

THQ just don't have the talent that many of these other studios have. I'm sorry, but it's true. RF Guerilla was great, Armageddon was a step back from the open world of Guerilla which turned some people off. Saints Row 3 could be fun, Homefront just disappointed from all fronts (except the story which was interesting) meaning that THQ has the right idea, they just need the talent to pull it off.

Many THQ games still look like early gen releases, like Crackdown on 360. When compared to the elite titles of this generation, it's cut-throat competition out there!! Be the best or lose everything!!

When going up against the cream of the crop, you really gotta wow this generation!!! Saints Row 3 could do it with the sheer fun factor alone, but all eyes are on the heavy hitters:

Uncharted 3
Gears 3
Resistance 3
Batman Arkham City
Skyrim
Twisted Metal
Battlefield 3
Modern Warfare 3
Bioshock Infinite
Mass Effect 3
Deus Ex Human Revolution

If you can only afford three games throughout the end of this year, why would you pick an average THQ title over any of these?

THQ need to re-evaluate their situation and maybe reboot some franchises into the modern era, like Tomb Raider. Wow, that game looks amazing!!!

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Nickjcal
Wednesday, July 27, 2011 @ 11:26:52 PM

THQ wasn't involved in Crackdown? I've been impressed with some of their games. I've enjoyed Homefront quite a bit and a few games like that warhammer game look higher quality than recent. Have no clue what warhammer is but the gameplay looked fun. Geurilla was probably the best game they've released in a long time IMO

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Palpatations911
Wednesday, July 27, 2011 @ 11:31:35 PM

Dancemachine: While Demon Souls did not have quite the following that those games you listed had, I definitely hope Dark Souls will be as good as those games because Demons Souls was a lot of fun!

I would consider adding it to the list

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Dancemachine55
Thursday, July 28, 2011 @ 12:32:38 AM

No need to make comments about games I missed from the list of big hitters I made.

BTW, while Dark Souls will no doubt be a quality title, I only listed the big name games off the top of my head. Unfortunately, Dark Souls isn't a big name heavy hitter, even if it is a top notch quality title that EVERYONE should try. (expecially those who call themselves "real" gamers but only play Call of Doody 5 hours a day)

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dillonthebunny
Thursday, July 28, 2011 @ 12:27:42 AM
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oh how the mighty have fallen.

Red Faction could of been the best of them, but who ever it was that changed the format, I hold them responsible.

RF could of recovered from RF2, it wasn't such a bad game, but it had just taken its eyes off the game for a few seconds. all they had to do is come back with a great story, a great FPS and some great GeoMod.. and maybe we would all be sitting here praising them for destructible environments rather than DICE..

but no.


R.I.P RF, you had potential.

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StangMan80
Thursday, July 28, 2011 @ 12:45:49 AM
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It sucks when you see a game that looks good, interesting and promising, you finally get it and your all excited, but you start playing it and it's totally crap! >:( I hate this! I always play Demos of games I'm interested in if available and read reviews unless it's from a great studio that never disappoints, like almost all of Sony's studios. You just know it's going to be great.

I thought Catherine was interesting, so I kept reading up on it, but I was never sold until I played the Demo. Now I want it! I will get it.

And it just sucks when great franchises go down... that's if you don't count Activision as a great one, they just have a lot of sales. They don't ever put out anything good.

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A2K78
Thursday, July 28, 2011 @ 1:06:58 AM
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Why am I not suprised? I mean this just more evidence that high game production cost combined with falling demand is hurting the industry. It doesn't help that the 6 year old $60 pricetage continue to exist.

"that's if you don't count Activision as a great one, they just have a lot of sales. They don't ever put out anything good."

Based market demand...

WOW
Diablo
Warcarft
COD
Starcraft
Bungies future titles

so yeah its going to be hard to say that Activision doesn't put out anything that people want. If anything I would say that Kotick did a good job in orchestrating the merger of activision and blizzard.

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jdt1981
Thursday, July 28, 2011 @ 2:00:54 AM
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I remember the original Red Faction being one of the first PS2 games I owned and I loved it, it had an interesting story and characters and fun gameplay. I can remember having lots of fun with the geomod system burrowing new tunnels and blasting new doorways into walls with a rocket launcher and bombs but the main draw for me with that game was the story and characters. After the first RF you got a sense that story and character development was an afterthought, perhaps they thought the destructible environments were enough to make the game appealing. The story and characters sucked in RF2 IMO and RF Guerrilla was fun for awhile but running around destroying buildings with heavy weapons and a giant hammer got old after awhile and that game too lacked the story and characters to keep me hooked.

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___________
Thursday, July 28, 2011 @ 4:44:14 AM
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thats what happens when you dont a highly polished title!
RFA was as well polished as lets say DNF!
what pisses me off the most is they dont give a sh*t!
when i first got into touch on the games forums i asked when there would be a SLI and 3D profile for it.
they said there wont be.
how can you release a PC game without them?
thats like releasing a ps3 game without trophy support!
EVERY PC GAME SHOULD HAVE A SLI PROFILE!!!!!!!!!!!
that goes to show how much they care about the game!

not to mention the ridiculous bugs i had to put up with, for example the sound kept cutting out, and for some reason every time a cut scene would trigger once its finished i would not be able to get more then 5FPS!
only way to fix that was to alt + tab back to windows, then back into the game and it would be running ok again.

not to mention their piss poor customer support, when i emailed them it took them 5 days to get back to me, and the best advice they could give is the standard reduce your settings.
yea, i spent 8K on a gaming PC so i can run the game on the lowest settings!
thats like saying hey my computers running too hot.
ok, turn it off......... perfect fix!
they dont give a sh*t, they would rather give a pathetic excuse then try and do some troubleshooting.
been how many months since release, and how many patches have they released?
ZERO!
so, THQ this is what happens when your developers dont give a sh*t about there games, and dont give decent customer support!
hopefully they will learn there lesson.........

shame, it was allot of fun, only if the developers
gave a f*ck it may of sold better.
shame, RFG was such a awesome game!!!!!
they treat their fans like this, then wonder why their fans dont buy there games.
hmmmmmmmmmmmm…… i wonder why???????

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Vivi_Gamer
Thursday, July 28, 2011 @ 5:29:21 AM
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It's a series with no direction, It was a FPS, then a GTA on Mars and the last game was a strategy games wasn't it? I'm not suprised by this news.

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NoSmokingBandit
Thursday, July 28, 2011 @ 6:05:44 AM
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The first Red Faction was one of my favorite FPSs. If they took the game back to its roots it would probably sell well.

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tridon
Thursday, July 28, 2011 @ 6:36:27 AM
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To me, THQ and Volition stopped making Red Faction games after Red Faction II. Everything I loved about the series was gone by the time Guerilla came along. Even the GeoMod wasn't as fun anymore. Blowing a tunnel through a stone wall with a rocket launcher to get to another area was a lot more fun than knocking in a wall with a big hammer. Still, though, I continued to hold on to hope that the series would one day return to its FPS roots. I guess that hope is now gone. Know what'd be sweet? If THQ released a Red Faction HD Collection. I guarantee that would sell more than Armageddon did. Armageddon wasn't too bad, though. I played the demo and it was decent. It didn't seem like Red Faction, though. It seemed more like a cheaper version of Dead Space. And Guerilla... sorry, peeps... I HATED that "Saint's Row on Mars".

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H8WL3R
Friday, August 05, 2011 @ 1:03:39 AM

+1 Red Faction HD Collection

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telly
Thursday, July 28, 2011 @ 9:06:38 AM
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Red Faction: Guerrilla was so cool. If this series is done that's ok, it didn't strike me as the kind of franchise that needed to go on for 10-plus years. But I do hope somebody else steps up and gives us more sweet Mars games. I love a good Mars story :)

And it just dawned on me there will surely be a Total Recall game based on the film remake. Good idea or bad? I'd rather they made a game based on the original, IMHO...

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SonyPuppy
Monday, August 01, 2011 @ 4:06:11 AM
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They should have stuck to the formula that made Red Faction 1 such a great game, instead they kept screwing around, getting further and further from it and wonder why the sales go down the toilet. Such a shame because this would have made a great series of games if they'd done it right.

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