THQ: “No More Red Faction”
Today is a sad day for the Red Faction Series fans, after a somewhat poor performance by Red Faction: Armageddon both financially and critically, THQ CEO Brian Farrell says that the company will not 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,” Farrell told THQ’s investors. According to Farrell, the game “did not resonate with a sufficiently broad console gaming audience,” despite its “passionate niche following.”
“In today’s hit-driven, core gaming business, even highly-polished titles with a reasonable following like Red Faction face a bar that continues to move higher and higher,” he said. “Moving forward, our core game titles must meet a very high quality standard with strong creative and product differentiation, appeal to a broad audience, and be marketed aggressively.”
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