A New Red Faction Game Was In Pre-Production Until Embracer Canceled It

The devs had a general idea of what to aim for.

Story Highlights

  • A new Red Faction title was in concept stages until Embracer canceled it and laid off most of the studio.
  • The devs already had an early plan for what and how the game was going to be.
  • The title aimed to fix the mistakes of the past titles and improve on the beloved formula.

A new Red Faction title was almost a reality. As per a new detailed report by Rock Paper Shotgun, Fishlabs was working on a new sequel to the popular franchise. It was in the pre-production and concept stages with a “visual prototype” but had not entered active development. Embracer Group did not greenlight the game and laid off 50 devs since they were not working on an active project.

A fake trailer created in Unreal Engine 5 was pitched to Embracer-owned publisher Plaion by Fishlabs in hopes of working on a Red Faction game similar to the title released in 2009. In other words, it was going to feature the fun destruction elements that the series is known for, along with a huge open world and a gripping story. The devs already had a vision in their minds about how the next Red Faction game was going to be.

The New Red Faction Title Wanted To Learn From Past Mistakes

Unfortunately, the assortment of ideas could never come to fruition. The report reveals that Fishlabs wanted to learn from the past mistakes made in the franchise and marry the ideas that worked best together. The canceled title could have turned out to be the best in the series because of the huge ambition.

A new Red Faction game wanted to improve on the old formula while keeping the same elements | Image Source: Steam
A new Red Faction game wanted to improve on the series’ old formula | Image Source: Steam

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While a new Red Faction entry could have been a reality, we can only swallow our grief and move forward. It’s been incredibly hard for many studios under Embracer because of a motley of layoffs. Perhaps, the franchise could have a better chance in the future.

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