THQ drops more details on Red Faction: Armageddon

We caught the premiere of Red Faction: Armageddon this weekend, but today THQ has dropped details on the upcoming title, slated to hit PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC next year.

Armageddon will take place 50 years after the Red Faction resistance liberated Mars; the years haven’t been kind — the planet has become a battlefield. Colonists are then forced underground, as the surface of the planet has become uninhabitable. The game puts players in the shoes of Darius Mason, the grandson of Red Faction: Guerilla’s Alec Mason. Unwittingly, Mason releases a “long-dormant evil,” leaving him and the Red Faction to clean up the mess and save mankind. Battles are said to take place across a variety of environments, including lava and ice caves.

The game will make use of the Geo-Mod 2.0 technology introduced in Red Faction: Guerilla, putting physics-based weapons into the hands on players. As seen in the trailer, Darius will be able to use his Nano Forge abilities to reconstruct objects; he’ll have a “Magnet Gun” in his arsenal as well.

Armageddon will ship in March 2011, and THQ is promising cooperative modes in addition to the single-player campaign. Let’s hope we see even more at E3 this year.

Nick Chester