In the wake of THQ’s buyout and liquidation of assets in January 2013, the dev studio Volition Games still keeps up their hopes for a future installment in their long-running Red Faction series, despite the increasingly slim chances of sequel prospects. Following the moderate success of their previous two entries in the series, Red Faction: Guerrilla (2009) and Red Faction: Armageddon (2011), Volition comments on the future of Red Faction and aims for continuing the series, yet financial and licensing complications may have unfortunately destroyed the foundations of their open-world destructible-environment games.
In an interview, Volition Games’ Kate Nelson, an Associate Producer at the studio, states her enthusiasm for developing another Red Faction title, but after the critical disappointment and low sales of Red Faction: Armageddon, the studio’s expectations have been realistic.
“I still really love Red Faction. Especially our destruction engine…We no longer own the rights to that franchise, but I still think maybe we could keep the dream alive at some point…I don’t know if we’ll ever actually be able to.”
Following the THQ buyout, the various properties and franchises of the publisher have since been acquired by other studios. In this case, Volition Games is now owned by Deep Silver/Koch Media, resulting in the acquisition of both the Red Faction and Saint’s Row franchises.