Kotaku

Do You Want To Own The Saints Row Series? Or Just Buy Red Faction? Bids For Parts of THQ Must Be In By January 22.THQ, the troubled publisher of Saints Row, WWE games, Company of Heroes, Metro: Last Light, the new South Park role-playing game, Red Faction and more, may still be sold in its entirety to an investment group called Clearlake as part of a bankruptcy sale, according to a court ruling.



But other interested parties may also bid on pieces of the company, which is why word has been making the rounds that Warner Brothers and possibly EA as well as other parties of interest might want to pick off some of THQ's franchises.



All bids for THQ's stuff must be in by 9am ET on January 22, THQ reported this morning in an update regarding the bankruptcy court proceedings. There will be a hearing on the sale the day after. The sale(s) close on January 24.



The results could be similar to what happened with the shuttering Midway. Warner Bros. snatched Mortal Kombat. EA wound up with NBA Jam at some point.



So start the parlor game... which companies or people would you like to see take control of the various THQ series/studios?




  • Company of Heroes

  • Homeworld (assuming THQ still owns it)

  • Metro

  • Saints Row

  • Darksiders

  • Red Faction

  • Relic

  • Vigil

  • THQ Montreal (Patrice Desilet's studio)

  • Volition

Announcement - Valve
Save 75% on the Red Faction Franchise during this week's Midweek Madness*!

Wreak havoc across the vast, open-world environment of Mars in the the critically acclaimed, best-selling Red Faction Franchise. Rebel against the Ultor Corporation, replace the dictator Sopot to restore peace, battle for liberation from the oppressive Earth Defense Force (EDF) and finally save Mars from a long-dormant evil released from a mysterious shaft in an old Marauder temple.

*Offer ends Thursday at 4PM Pacific Time

Oct 12, 2011
Announcement - Valve
It's THQ Week! Save big from now until October 17th on games from THQ, and be sure to check back every day for more great deals!

Today only, save 75% on Red Faction titles! Offer ends on Thursday at 10am PST.

Or, pick up the THQ Hit Collection, a pack with your favorite THQ titles.

Additionally, Steam Cloud integration has been added to many of your favorite THQ titles, allowing your game saves to travel with you wherever you play. Just launch your Steam copy of games like Red Faction Armageddon and your game saves will be copied to the cloud.

Plus, all week long save 33% on THQ titles! Offer excludes Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine and Saints Row: The Third.

Product Release - Valve
Red Faction®: Armageddon™ - Path to War DLC is now available on Steam!

Relive the battle for the Terraformer through four incredible new missions featuring aerial flyers, orbital strikes, and the Red Faction armored surface tank. Unlock two destructive new weapons, the Sharpshooter Gun and Shard Cannon, while earning ten new achievements in this thrilling new mission pack for Red Faction: Armageddon!

Kotaku

Red Faction's Art Is Now Buried Beneath the DustDespite the guilty pleasures of Red Faction: Guerilla, all it took was one sub-par game in the series (Red Faction: Armageddon) for publisher THQ to, at least temporarily, pull the plug on the series. Which is a damn shame.



In memory of a franchise (or at least its contemporary revival) that lived too fast and died too young, then, here's a collection of top-shelf concept art from the pariah itself, Red Faction: Armageddon.



These character concepts and environment pieces were done by Massive Black, a creative studio based in San Francisco that not only breathes life into the world of video games but that of major motion pictures as well.



To see the larger pics in all their glory, either click the "expand" icon on the gallery screen or right click and "open link in new tab".



Fine Art is a celebration of the work of video game artists. If you're in the business and have some concept, environment or character art you'd like to share, drop us a line!



You can contact Luke Plunkett, the author of this post, at plunkett@kotaku.com. You can also find him on Twitter, Facebook, and lurking around our #tips page.

Red Faction's Art Is Now Buried Beneath the Dust

Red Faction's Art Is Now Buried Beneath the Dust

Red Faction's Art Is Now Buried Beneath the Dust

Red Faction's Art Is Now Buried Beneath the Dust

Red Faction's Art Is Now Buried Beneath the Dust

Red Faction's Art Is Now Buried Beneath the Dust

Red Faction's Art Is Now Buried Beneath the Dust

Red Faction's Art Is Now Buried Beneath the Dust

Red Faction's Art Is Now Buried Beneath the Dust

Red Faction's Art Is Now Buried Beneath the Dust

Red Faction's Art Is Now Buried Beneath the Dust

Red Faction's Art Is Now Buried Beneath the Dust

Red Faction's Art Is Now Buried Beneath the Dust

Red Faction's Art Is Now Buried Beneath the Dust

Red Faction's Art Is Now Buried Beneath the Dust


Eurogamer


THQ has pulled the plug on its Red Faction franchise following poor sales of RF: Armageddon.


Speaking at an investor call today, CEO Brian Farrell confirmed that "we do not intend to carry forward with that franchise in any meaningful way."


He added that the development team at Volition has been moved onto Guillermo del Toro's inSane survival horror project.


The series began back in 2001 as an FPS on PC and PlayStation 2, with a formal sequel following on a year later. Red Faction: Guerrilla switched to a third person perspective in 2009, picking up a sturdy 7/10 from Eurogamer.


Red Faction: Armageddon, released last month, matched that score but, as revealed earlier today, failed to do the business at retail.

Jul 27, 2011
Kotaku

Adios, Red FactionPoor sales of Red Faction: Armageddon this year means the end of the franchise, publisher THQ said in a conference call today.



Brian Farrell, the THQ chief executive, told investors that "we do not intend to carry forward with that franchise in any meaningful way."



Volition, the studio developing the series, has now been reassigned to Guillermo del Toro's inSane game project, a survival horror game.



Link ChevronTHQ Abandons Red Faction Franchise [Eurogamer]





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Product Release - Valve
Red Faction®: Armageddon™ is now available in North America, Asia and parts of Europe on Steam! Red Faction: Armageddon will release in other regions soon, please see the store page for release times.

Red Faction®: Armageddon™ expands on the critically acclaimed, best-selling Red Franchise franchise with new, groundbreaking challenges.

Half a century after the Red Faction resistance and their Marauder allies freed Mars from the brutal Earth Defense Force, harmony on Mars is again threatened. Tricked into reopening a mysterious shaft in an old Marauder temple, a long-dormant evil is released and unleashes Armageddon on Mars.

You, Darius Mason, are humanity’s last hope for survival.

Announcement - Valve
To celebrate the upcoming release of Red Faction®: Armageddon™, save 75% off Red Faction, Red Faction II and Red Faction Guerrilla this weekend only!

Or receive all 3 when you Pre-Purchase Red Faction Armageddon. Plus get "The Maul", a Red Faction inspired hammer, for the Pyro to use in Team Fortress 2 as a pre-purchase bonus!

Offer ends Monday at 10AM Pacific Time.

Kotaku

Remember when we told you that Mr. Toots, a wee unicorn with a powerful, rainbow-spraying ass, would come to Red Faction: Armageddon? Well, here's your official confirmation from THQ who also reveals how we'll get our hands on Mr. Toots incredibly destructive rectum.



It's going to take a million downloads of the game's demo, according to the video released by THQ today. The demo for Red Faction: Armageddon was released today on Xbox Live and is supposed to come to the PlayStation Network whenever Sony's online service returns from its slumber. Given PS3's owners inability to grab said demo right now, Armageddon will have an uphill battle making it to a million. (There's no PC demo, sadly.)



Might want to tell your friends if you want to unicorn fart things to death.



Red Faction: Armageddon hits the PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on June 7 in North America, June 10 internationally.


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