Red Faction: Guerrilla is getting remastered.
Or Re-Mars-Tered, as they, for some reason, decided to call it.
But whatever, I'm amped.
This is a pretty big deal, because the Red Faction series died a quiet death back in 2011 with the release of Armageddon, the fourth game in the franchise.
I've been there from the beginning, way back in goddamned 2002 when I finally got my hands on a PlayStation 2 for Christmas and began perusing my local Blockbuster for games that might be awesome. And then I saw Red Faction. I had no idea what it was, I'd never heard of it, but that box art immediately took hold of me.
I knew I had to have it. So I rented it and pretty much fell in love right away.
I was also there when Red Faction 2 came out and...had like nothing to do with Red Faction. Seriously, it's not a sequel, it doesn't even look like the original game. Beyond the Geo-Mod tech with semi-destructable environments, a casual mention of the events on Mars five years ago, and the rebels calling themselves the Red Faction, (even though they're on Earth now and have no direct relation to the events of the first game), it had no connection to Red Faction.
And I was there for the third and fourth games, Guerrilla and Armageddon. I played them and I really liked them. I went ahead and bought all the DLC related to both games and enjoyed that as well.
Hell, I even watched the Sy-Fy Original Red Faction movie! (Massive shocker: It did not suck. I mean, it wasn't great or anything. It was actually okay. Even though it had the deck absolutely stacked against it with the triple threat of being a made-for-TV film, a video game film, and a freaking Sy-Fy Original.)
I also read the little comic book prequel that Armageddon came with.
The only thing I didn't get in on was the offshoot Red Faction: Battlegrounds, since top-down, vehicle-based, twin-stick shooters aren't really my thing. And apparently there was a comic for Guerrilla. Missed that one.
Red Faction is by no means a perfect, or even great, franchise. But with the exception of RF2 (which isn't even really a bad game, it's just a lie that it belongs in the Red Faction franchise), I've taken quite a lot of enjoyment out of it, and it seems to have a decent fan-base to it.
When, in 2012, THQ filed for bankrupcy and, in 2013 the Red Faction IP passed to Nordic Games, I held out a very small bit of hope that we might see something in the future.
There were a few blips that showed up every now and then. I know that Red Faction got released onto the PlayStation Network. I know that Red Faction: Guerrilla got a new, free map-pack through Steam (and maybe XBLA, not sure), back in 2015. But this didn't really feel like hints of something bigger so much as Nordic very tentatively testing the waters.
So suddenly hearing that Red Faction: Guerrilla is getting remastered is a big, and welcome, surprise. I'm definitely planning on getting it, and I hope that enough people buy it to convince Nordic to maybe do more with the IP. A remaster of the original would be fucking phenomenal.
Personally, I think that if they are going to continue the franchise in any real way, they're going to use Red Faction: Guerrilla as a base. Besides the fact that it's the one they chose to remaster, I think it's probably the most popular of the RF games and a format that lends itself best to the modern landscape of gaming. That is, the landscape of open-world games.
Here's hoping for more Red Faction.