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Red Faction Armageddon delayed one week to June 7

Red Faction Armageddon, the latest game in the sci-fi action-shooter series, has been delayed yet again but this delay is a small one. Publisher THQ sent over word that the Volition-developed game, last scheduled for a May 31 release, will now be coming out on June 7.

No reason for this new delay was revealed but we are betting part of the reason has to do with Red Faction Origins. The TV movie/pilot, which is a prequel to the game's story, is due to be shown on the Syfy cable channel on June 4. Having the movie come out before the game instead of after is certainly a better marketing move.

Volition's founder to depart developer

The founder of Campaign, Illinois developer Volition, Mike Kulas, has announced that he will depart the company this coming Monday. The local newspaper-based web site News-Gazette.com states that Kulas is leaving the developer voluntarily and his decision to go was not based on any particular event.

Kulas co-founded Volition's predecessor Parallax Software in 1993 which first gained fame with the release of the first two Descent games for Interplay. The company later re-branded itself as Volition and went onto make a sizable number of games, including the Freespace, Red Faction and Saints Row series of titles. THQ acquired the company in 2000. Kulas said he has no immediate plans for what he will do next in his career. His role at Volition will be taken over by Dan Cermak, who has been a vice-president at the developer since 2003.

[Via Gamasutra]

More Warhammer 40,000 games coming from THQ

Publisher THQ's long standing Warhammer 40,000 game license will apparently continue for a while longer. The company has announced that it has entered into an agreement with Games Workshop for an extension of its license to make PC and other games based on the classic sci-fi war game series. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed nor was the length of the newly extended agreement.

THQ has released a number of Warhammer 40,000 games over the years including the Dawn of War RTS game series from developer Relic. Relic is working on the third person action game Warhammer 40,000 Space Marine for release this summer and we are still awaiting the long-in-development MMO Warhammer 40,000 Dark Millennium Online from developer Vigil Games.

Red Faction Origins movie pictures pop up

If you have been wondering what the upcoming Red Faction Origins TV movie would look like, wonder no more. The first pictures from the upcoming Syfy Channel Saturday night movie have popped up on the internet, thanks to Comics Continuum.

The pictures seem to show that at least the art direction for the movie looks somewhat like the sci-fi shooter game series from THQ. The movie, whjch starts Brian J. Smith and Robert Patrick (shown above) will be shown on Syfy on June 4, a few days after THQ releases Red Faction Armageddon on May 31. The movie could be the basis for a continuning TV series if the ratings are high enough.

Steam helped raise Dawn of War II Retribution pre-order sales

The switch from Games For Windows Live to Steam may have helded Warhammer 40,000 Dawn of War II Retribution's overall sales, according to reps from the sci-fi RTS game's developer Relic and its publisher THQ. In a new interview over at The A List Daily, THQ's Director of Global Brand Management Georgina Verdon said, "Going exclusive through Steam helped drive awareness with their millions of users by way of banners and message support so by the time we opened the beta up to all Steam customers, we had a huge number of people playing."

Those effots, along with some others like streaming beta matches with top Starcraft players, ended up being very successful for the game, with Verdon saying, "This hype and activity helped us exceed our digital pre-order forecast by 129 percent."

The game's Last Stand multiplayer gameplay mode is now available to purchase and download via Steam, under the title The Last Standalone, for a mere $10.

Dawn of War II Retribution Last Stand mode to get stand alone version Wednesday

If you have yet to purchase the recently released Warhammer 40,000 Dawn of War II Retribution, you will soon be able to play a stand alone version of the RTS game's Last Stand mode. Computer and Video Games reports that the Last Stand mode will be released on Wednesday via Steam for just $10.

The game, titled The Last Standalone, will have all of the content contained in the Last Stand mode created by developer Relic. If players want to try out the rest of Retribution, they will be able to upgrade to the full version for a reduced price.

Red Faction Armageddon trailer shows off Infestation gameplay mode

Survival-style gameplay modes seem to be getting more and more popular and it looks like Red Faction Armageddon will be no exception. The upcoming sci-fi third person action game will have what the team at developer Volition is called an Infestation gameplay mode when the game comes out on May 31.

The gameplay is shown off in the newest trailer where players face off against waves of the aliens that are the center of the new game's threats. In addition to the more conventional weapons player will be able to use more advanced "nano attacks" to try to hold off the aliens.

Red Faction: Origins TV movie to debut on Syfy June 4

The latest attempt to make a descent movie out of a game franchise now has a date. The Syfy cable TV network has announced that Red Faction Origins will be shown on the channel on Saturday, June 4.

The two hour TV movie will be shown just a few days after developer Volition and publisher THQ release Red Faction: Armageddon, the fourth game in the sci-fi shooter franchise (shown above) with the Mars setting and the destructible environments. Red Faction Origins, which is a prequel to the store events of Red Faction Armageddon, could also serve as a back-door pilot for a possible Red Faction weekly TV series if the ratings are high enough.

Rumor: Metro 2033 sequel to get new name?

2010's post-apocalypse shooter Metro 2033 is supposed to be getting a full sequel. In the past, Danny Bilson, VP of the original game's publisher THQ, has referred to the sequel as Metro 2034. Now it looks like that title may be changing.

Spotted by the Twitter user known only as "superannuation", THQ has secured the rights to the new URLs "www.lastlight.com", "www.metrolastlight.com" and "www.metro2033lastlight.com". That would seem to suggest that the Metro 2034 title has been ditched. Bilson has said in the past that he felt that Metro 2033 didn't get much of a marketing push but that will change for the sequel. He's already said, " ... it's going to have a first-class marketing campaign that kicks off at E3."

Homefront gets PC dedicated server tool

PC gamers who have been playing Homefront and want to run their own dedicated server for the recent first person shooter now have a new way to help them administrate those servers. The game's official web site has now announced that the dedicated server tool is now available to download via Steam under the Steam Tools tab.

The program allows server admins to set a number of features including allowing or disallowing vehicles in a match, allowing friendly fire in a game and more. Server admins will also have the power to kick offending players from their servers, swap teams and more.
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