What I’m about to tell you isn’t some grand insight or revelation. I’m simply going to tell you what we’re all thinking, in the (fairly unlikely) event that the Powers That Be at Zombie THQ (aka THQ Nordic) aren’t also already thinking it:
Red Faction Guerrilla 2 can and absolutely should happen now.
The Red Faction IP, GeoMod technology, and original development team are now all back under the same roof.
Yesterday, THQ Nordic – which has been quietly getting the band back together recently – made their biggest THQ Reunion 2018 move yet, acquiring Deep Silver and its owner, Koch Media. Deep Silver, you may recall, ended up with both the Saints Row franchise and Saints Row developer Volition in the THQ bankruptcy auction from back in 2013.
Volition was a well-regarded two-IP studio in its heyday, producing Saints Row along with the world-destroying, GeoMod-powered shooter Red Faction series. Guess who got the Red Faction franchise at THQ’s will reading/auction? Nordic Games, who later became…that’s right: THQ Nordic. That means the IP, GeoMod technology, and original development team are now all back under the same roof.
On paper, then, all the pieces are in place for a new Red Faction game, which makes sense for so many reasons. Let’s review:
- Saints Row seems to have run its course, with the series peaking at The Third before painting itself into a creative corner by having to constantly try and one-up itself. A complete reboot is probably the only way out at this point.
- Agents of Mayhem – Volition’s post-Saints Row follow up – was hardly a bad game, but for all intents and purposes in this more-competitive-than-ever, blockbuster-or-indie-with-no-in-between gaming industry, it was a fart in the wind.
- Red Faction Guerrilla is remembered fondly, and THQ Nordic seems to be testing the waters and/or trying to drum up interest for the stagnant series with rumors of a remaster on the way to current-gen consoles.
How cool would a new-gen Red Faction game be?
So Red Faction Guerrilla 2 makes the most sense. And it should probably be a Guerrilla sequel, seeing how its follow up (and currently the most recent Red Faction game), Red Faction Armageddon, was too alien-y for its own good and was received mostly with a collective shrug. Think about it: how cool would a new-gen Red Faction game be? Imagine the environmental destruction the new consoles – specifically the Xbox One X and PS4 Pro, considering that any Red Faction game greenlit today probably wouldn’t see the light of day until the next console generation – and the gameplay possibilities GeoMod 3.0 could open up.
Now before you get too excited, know that we’ve been in this position before. KOTOR 3 could and should happen too, thanks to EA having purchased both BioWare and the rights to make Star Wars video games. But it hasn’t, because life is cruel and we can’t have nice things. But THQ Nordic can do right by gamers where EA has yet to (although to be fair, the game BioWare is working on instead of KOTOR 3 looks pretty sweet) by greenlighting a new Red Faction game ASAP. We want this. The development team at Volition probably wants this. Don’t let us down, THQ.
Ryan McCaffrey is IGN’s Executive Editor of Previews and Xbox Guru-in-Chief. Follow him on Twitter at @DMC_Ryan, catch him on Unlocked, and drop-ship him Taylor Ham sandwiches from New Jersey whenever possible.