After disappointing sales numbers of Red Faction: Armageddon and subpar critic reviews, THQ CEO Brain Farrell says the company will no longer be moving forward with the franchise.
“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”
He goes on to state that their core game titles that drive their core gaming business must meet a very high standard of quality, with strong creative and product differentiation, having broad appeal. He says this is all necessary to be marketed aggressively and effectively. Case in point, Red Faction just didn’t come together with metacritic scores in the 70 range across the board.
The developer of the game, Volition, has since moved on and is currently working on Saints Row: The Third and Insane, a collaboration with film director Guillermo del Toro.
Sometimes, that’s just the way things are. Sadly, not even destructible enviornments, a magnet gun, and a niche following could save it. On a much happier note, however, Farrell notes that due to the game’s sales, THQ would revise its internal review process in order to reach a higher quality bar.