It appears Volition’s latest visit to Mars, Red Faction Armageddon, has gotten not only average review scores, but sales as well. In fact, the numbers have been so low in the eyes of publisher THQ that the franchise is now in jeopardy, even on the brink of being killed altogether.
“We are disappointed in our first quarter financial performance,” said THQ CEO Brian Farrell, referring to the $38.4 million net loss the company suffered for the quarter ending June 30th. “Sales of Red Faction Armageddon and our licensed kids titles were below our expectations.”
Investors and representatives apparently referred to Armageddon as a “miss,” not showing too much love for the SyFy TV-movie either. The killer blow? Quality.
“Mid-70s is not good enough,” expressed Farrell, referring to the reviews. “I do not believe we went far enough in cutting our portfolio. Only titles we think will be profitable, like Saint’s Row: The Third, will be supported in the future.”
After explaining Volition has moved on to continue work on Guillermo del Toro’s horror thriller Insane, Farrell uttered the words many wouldn’t have wanted to read: “We do not intend to carry forward with that franchise in any meaningful way,” referring of course to Red Faction.