THQ Delivers Red Faction Series a Swift, Premature Death

After ten years of existence, THQ’s Red Faction series has suffered a premature death. Although the latest installment for the series, Red Faction: Armageddon just shot to store shelves last month, its sales weren’t enough to encourage its publisher to move into 2012 with the IP.

This week, THQ held an investor call, and THQ CEO Brian Farrell delivered surprising news for everyone. During a discussion about the Red Faction series, Brian said the following:

Given that that title [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

While the original releases, Red Faction and Red Faction 2, both which released shortly after the turn of the century for the PlayStation 2, did very well, the series has been in a bit of a slump since then. This generation’s two releases have been underwhelming, but far from terrible. It’s shocking to see this move made, especially after the same publisher gave Homefront another chance, but we expect to see a re-emergence of Red Faction in the distant future. Maybe by then we’ll actually have nanotechnology and GeoMods readily available at local department stores.