THQ has announced that is ending the Red Faction franchise after only two games. THQ CEO Brian Farrell noted during an earning’s call that the latest game, Red Faction: Armageddon, was “clearly a disappointing performance” both financially and critically. He went on to say that “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”. It seems that while the game found quite a dedicated niche it ultimately didn’t “resonate” with the broader console gaming audience.
When I reviewed Red Faction: Armageddon earlier this year I thought it was a pretty solid game. Near the end it did just turn into endless waves of enemies coming at you as you fought like hell not to die and have to start from a ridiculously stupid save point. It wasn’t terrible by any means but it only averages in the mid 70s on Metacritc and that is pure death for most games. There are a lot of rumors swirling around as to what really went wrong and whether or not Volition got too much “senior management meddling (strikethrough meddling) support”. I mean Volition is also the developer behind this year’s highly anticipated Saints Row: The Third so they obviously know how to make a good game.