Death on Mars: Red Faction is Officially No More

Death on Mars: Red Faction is Officially No More

The Red Faction franchise is currently to be put to rest, according to THQ. Citing smaller than predicted sales of Red Faction: Armageddon, THQ has announced that the franchise is on hold, so the long-running environment-modding shooter is all but dead (for the moment, at least).

Brain Farrell, THQ’s CEO, yesterday revealed to Joystiq the plans to put the franchise on hold for the moment. “”Given that that [Red Faction], now in two successive versions, has just found a niche, we do not intend to carry forward with that franchise in any meaningful way,” he said, “It did not resonate with a sufficiently broad console gaming audience, despite its passionate niche following.”

The franchise has, essentially, gone the way of Guitar Hero, which last year was also put indefinitely on hold while Activision reassesses how to broaden the appeal of the game and attract a much larger audience.

The team behind Armageddon, the last title in the series, is now hard at work on Saints Row: The Third, while there’s also plans for them to work on upcoming title Insane.

Farrell also said: “I’ll admit that there’s little hope in the short-term for more Red Faction. The game industry is a funny beast though, and today’s niche title is tomorrow’s retro masterpiece. Give it a couple years, Red Faction fans, and then start an online petition and start making noise in the forums. We’ll be back on Mars before 2020.”

R.I.P (for a while) Red Faction, we’ll see you in a few years. In the meantime, enjoy gathering dust in the cupboard of forgotten gaming franchises. Say hello to Crash Bandicoot and Banjo/Kazooiee for me.



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