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A few weeks ago I mentioned that THQ was working on a downloadable XBLA and PSN game set in the Red Faction universe. Today, during a GDC panel, THQ Digital Warrington creative director Don Whiteford revealed this downloadable title when he announced that his studio’s first game will be Red Faction: Battlegrounds.

Said to be a “topdown car, mech and rover combat title,” Battlegrounds will feature local multiplayer, with up to “four players on the same screen.” As with all good tie-in games, Battlegrounds will allow gamers to unlock “unique elements” for the next upcoming installment in the Red Faction series; Red Faction: Armageddon.

Formally called Juice Games, the newly re-branded THQ Digital Warrington is said to consist of only fifteen employees; four of which are working on Battlegrounds.

What do you guys think about this? Is anyone really excited for a vehicle combat game set in the Red Faction universe? Do you guys think that this title will be successful?

Personally, I’m still unsure of this game. When I heard THQ was making a small, downloadable Red Faction title, I assumed it would be something like Shadow Complex. To me, that whole exploration/side-scrolling shooter genre is more in line with my vision of what Red Faction’s gameplay is all about. But who knows? Maybe Red Faction: Battlegrounds will be the new Battle Tanx.


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