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Red Faction Armageddon and Saints Row 3 PC ports to be developed by Volition

The last games in the Red Faction and Saints Row series of action games from developer Volition were released for the PC several months after their console counterparts. Part of the reason is that the PC ports were handled by other development studios. Using those studios caused some quality issues with both games. That won't be the case for the next games in these series, Red Faction Armageddon (due out in May) and Saints Row 3 (due out this fall).

According to a Eurogamer report, Volition studio manager Eric Barker confirms that the PC ports of those titles will now be handled internally by Volition. Barker states, " ... I'm really happy with how Red Faction: Armageddon looks on PC. It's beautiful." And what about the threat of piracy for these PC games? Barker states, "First and foremost, we want to make sure we're making a game people would want to pirate. Let's make a game that's worth stealing, and then we'll worry about making sure they don't."

Red Faction Armageddon shows off new Ruin Mode in new trailer

Red Faction Armageddon is slated for release on May 31 (and likely preceded by the Syfy Channel produced prequel movie Red Faction Origins) but players of the sci-fi action shooter from developer Volition and publisher THQ will get to play a new game mode when the final version is released.

A new trailer that was released this week shows off the new Ruin Mode. Basically its a single player mode where players can blow stuff up with the game's GeoMod Engine and rack up as many points as possible. It certainly looks like it will be a fun little side mode, especially if you can compare your rankings with others.

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Red Faction Armageddon box art has Syfy Games logo

Red Faction Armageddon is due out this May and this week its publisher THQ released the box art design for the upcoming third person shooter title. You can check out the entire design after the jump but one thing that caught our eye was the "Syfy Games" logo on the box front.

The Syfy cable TV channel is creating a prequel movie for the game, Red Faction Origins, that will also be shown on the network this May. However this is the first indication that the game itself has some backing from the cable TV network. Big Download emailed THQ for comment and a PR rep replied, "Nothing new to announce at this time. Red Faction: Origins is still in production and we look forward to sharing more in the future."

Big Download's News Bits & Bytes - January 28

The weekend has finally arrived. If you are not covered up in snow we hope you will have a safe and fun end of the week. It's looking like next week may be a bit on the slow side news wise.

Red Faction Origins TV movie to include veteran sci-fi actors

The Red Faction movie is scheduled to start production this week and today publisher THQ and the Syfy cable TV network announced the line-up of actors for the film, Red Faction: Origins. It's filled with a ton of veteran sci-fi actors, lead by the T-1000 himself Robert Patrick as Alec Mason, the main character from the last game in the sci-fi shooter series Red Faction Guerrilla.

The movie will also star Brian J. Smith, who played Lt. Matthew Scott in the recently canceled TV series Stargate Universe. He plays Alec Mason's son Jake Mason who in the movie is trying to find his lost sister on Mars. Jake Mason turns out to be the father of Darius Mason, the lead character (shown above) in the upcoming Volition developed third person action game Red Faction Armageddon.

Other actors in the movie include Kate Vernon (Ellen Tigh and, as it turned out, a Cylon on the Battlestar Galactica revival series) and Gareth David-Lloyd (Ianto Jones of Torchwood), The movie is set to be shown on the Syfy network in May, around the time Red Faction Armageddon is scheduled to be released.

THQ gets new corporate logo design


THQ's image is getting a makeover, at least in the publisher's logo. Today as part of a press event in New York City THQ unveiled the new corporate logo for the company. The redesign, as you can see above, has a minimalist design with highly stylized versions of the "H" and "Q" letters. It's the first redesign of the company's logo in 10 years.

In today's press release revealing the new design, THQ's CEO Brian Farrell is quoted as saying the new logo demonstrates "the change, innovation and creative growth that are the cornerstones of the new THQ." The logo will begin to be used on the publisher's new retail games in February.

Steam one day PC game sales continue this Chrismas Day along with other deals

Steam's big holiday sale continues today with a new batch of price cuts for PC games from now until 1 pm Eastern time Sunday. In addition to today's Steam deals, GamersGate ends its daily sales event with Men of War Red Tide for just $5.49. Also the streaming PC game service OnLive has put several games on sale for as much as 75 percent off from now until January 2.

The games on sale today on Steam today are as follows:

Batman Arkham Asylum Game of the Year Edition - $7.50
Splinter Cell series - Save 50 percent off all games in the series or save 60 percent off of Splinter Cell Conviction if you own Splinter Cell Double Agent.
Red Faction series - save 75 percent off all games in series.
X Superbox (all games in the X space sim series) - $19.99
Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 - $29.99
Dragon Age series - save 50 percent off all games in series
Monkey Island Special Edition 1/2 - $3.75
Altitude - $2.49
Shank - $7.49
Flatout series - save 90 percent off all games in series
Civilization V - $37.49
Tropico 3 Gold Edition - $6

Direct2Drive and Games For Windows offer up two more PC game sales today online

Both Direct2Drive and Games For Windows Marketplace offer up two more games that have been cut down to the bone for sales that last today only. Over at Direct2Drive its Rockstar Games week of sales continues with deep price cuts on the publisher's two Max Payne games. You can now get both titles in Remedy's action series in a bundle for a mere $3.75.

Over at Games For Windows Marketplace you can download and purchase Volition's 2009 released sci-fi shooter Red Faction: Guerrilla for a low, low price. From now until 1 am Eastern time tomorrow the game is priced at just $4.99.

Steam starts THQ sales week with Red Faction game discounts

As they sometimes do, the Steam PC game download site has a new week of PC game sales from a specific publisher, with each sale lasting a day. This week, Steam will put a number of THQ PC game titles on the price chopping block.

For the first daily sale, Steam has cut the prices of the first three games in developer Volition's Red Faction sci-fi shooter series. The first two games in the series are priced at just $2.49 each while the most recent game, 2009's Red Faction Guerrilla, is priced today only at a mere $4.99. All three games are priced at 75 percent off their normal prices until 1 pm Eastern time on Tuesday.

Direct2Drive launches final week of $6 games sales

The sixth anniversary sales event for the Direct2Drive PC game download site is entering its final week and so the site has listed a final selection of games that are on sale until the end of the month for $6 each. The games included in the sales event are Europa Universalis III: Heir to the Throne, Red Faction Guerrilla, Warfare, Dracula Origin, Gratuitous Space Battles, 7 Sins, A Farewell to Dragons, City Life 2008 and Sword of the Stars.

In addition, two more games get big price cuts from now until 1 pm Eastern time Thursday. Both Borderlands and Football Manager 2010 are priced at just $9.95 each.
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