Red Faction: Armageddon delayed to June 7

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The end of the world is not quite as nigh as previously believed. THQ today announced that the launch of Red Faction: Armageddon has been delayed to June 7 in North America, with an international release following on June 10. Previously, the game had been set to arrive May 31.

No relation to the Ben Affleck-Bruce Willis movie.
No relation to the Ben Affleck-Bruce Willis movie.

Where 2009's Red Faction: Guerrilla focused on Alec Mason's rebellion against the oppressive Earth Defense Force, Armageddon shifts the focus and ups the stakes. The game picks up roughly 50 years later and focuses on Darius Mason, Alec's grandson. When the younger Mason accidentally unleashes a planet-threatening evil on Mars, it's up to Darius and his grandfather's old rebel group, the Red Faction, to clean up the mess.

As in previous Red Faction games, cleaning up a big mess will require making an even bigger mess, thanks to a focus on physics-based destruction. Armageddon will provide players some new surroundings to explosively customize, from ice caves to lava flows.

As has become a focus for THQ, Red Faction: Armageddon will launch on the crest of a significant transmedia push. Earlier this month, the publisher released the downloadable spin-off Red Faction: Battlegrounds, and a SyFy Channel original movie is set to debut on the cable network June 4.

For more on Red Faction: Armageddon, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

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