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Submitted by yen888 1495d ago | opinion piece

Why THQ was right in cancelling Red Faction

So after a ten-year life-span Volition's Red Faction series has been cancelled and won't continue in any meaningful way, so why is THQ right in cancelling the series? (PC, PS3, Red Faction, Red Faction 2, Red Faction: Armageddon, Red Faction: Guerrilla, THQ, Xbox 360)

Inside_out  +   1495d ago
Form follows function...
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THQ is losing money...something has to give. I find it hard to believe that they are launching new products/Ip's and a IP like Red Faction is being relegated to what appears maybe some sort of casual app/ios type of scenario.

There is some talented people at Volition and it's not like they are closing down the dev so maybe it will be revisited in the future.

More and more, you are beginning to see a lack of vision in the industry as creative directors become more and more in short supply. You need visionaries to fuel these games and if all you do is try to copy other games, you will ultimately fail as your game has no soul.
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yen888  +   1495d ago
Totally agree, if something is losing you money, you are going to cut it off
Heartnet  +   1495d ago
yeh :) however i hate when they shut down talented developers if a high qulaity game doesnt sell well..

Luckily that aint happening here :)
TomInc  +   1495d ago
Totally agree with Inside Out. It's a bit of a shocker that one of their strongest IPs has just been put on the back bench.. That said, Saints Row and some of the newer IPs look promising, so with a bit of luck - funnelling the teams behind the RF series could help give them the boost they need.
JsonHenry  +   1495d ago
The headlines next year will read "Red Faction rises from the ashes like a pheonix! New screens inside!"
Disccordia  +   1495d ago
Of course the main reason is so they can free up funds for InSane.
DeadlyFire  +   1495d ago
RF Guerrilla = genius.
RF Armageddon just looks average at best. Multiplayer was killed as well.

I doubt they are killing it. They are just putting it on hold until they get a new game engine. Its not the money. They have the doe. Its not that its losing much money. I believe since any release window their current/old plan was for next Red Faction game would of set its release around 2012. Likely it would release for PC, PS3, X360, Wii U. Perhaps they want to wait and release it on all the next generation platforms though. I believe this is most likely reason. Could be peer pressure to be on par or better than other games on the market.

THQ is not a genius at game development ideas. I can see why they lose money. Just look at WWE. Its got how many new titles in the past 4 years. Legends of Wrestlemania, some car crashing game, Some kinda Mortal Kombat like fighting game, Some oddball cartoony game.

I still like THQ though they do have quality titles under their helm. Just makes me sad to see them cast one or two of them aside.
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ThanatosDMC  +   1493d ago
Exactly, it's their fault for taking steps back after RF:G.
Godchild1020  +   1495d ago
It's their game, Why wouldn't they have the right. Who is to say they won't reboot the franchise at a later date?
Foxgod  +   1495d ago
Boring franchise, they should come up with a new franchise that is based on destructible environments.

The concept got a great potential, it must be well executed however, for it to succeed.
Maybe the next gen will be better suited for games based on full destructable environments, if the next gen wont cut on memory that is.
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Dart89  +   1495d ago
If they want it to succeed again they need to go back to the roots of the 1st Red faction.
Cpt_kitten  +   1495d ago
they kinda did though the mutant enemies from the first game are the enemies in the newest
Cpt_kitten  +   1495d ago
no, excellent games, excellent story

if only games could get past being closed minded and stop complaining about every little thing when a developer says there changing something and explain there very understandable reasoning for it and if reviewers weren't being biased all the time things would be different
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Venjense  +   1495d ago
I wasn't aware THQ made a Red Faction game this gen, you know that FPS with destructible environments and cool mechs as it's main selling point.
DlocDaBudSmoka  +   1495d ago
it was red faction-esque. they had the title right, but nothing else.
HallCat  +   1495d ago
Totally agree, great article!
But Capcom and Megaman is a completely different story
Tzuno  +   1494d ago
the last two red factions games are garbage nothing new here.

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