Red Faction franchise a virtual vote of no confidence, as the company has expressed less confidence in the moneymaking aspect of the series, which began over a decade ago.
THQ CEO Brian Farrell during an investors call called the IP a “niche” game, and that consequently it is no longer worth pursuing and stated, “Given that that title, now in two successive versions, has just found a niche, we do not intend to carry forward with that franchise in any meaningful way."
The issue was that it didn't attract "a sufficiently broad console gaming audience" and it only had a "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.”
In other words, THQ wants the blockbuster hit and not the game with a small, devoted fanbase - which makes it curious why it's so attracted to Warhammer 40,000, which is exactly what its fanbase is.
THQ gives vote of no confidence on Red Faction franchise
28 July 2011 | By JonahFalcon