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A new trailer for Red Faction Armageddon has surfaced from THQ. It identifies the main villain causing the third uprising on the Mars colony in three decades as Adam Hale. It appears he is holding a major grudge against the Mason family as his father’s death was caused by one Alec Mason. Read On
Reports are coming from Gamasutra that THQ have had to make over 30 employees redundant across Kaos Studios and Volition. Volition is one of THQ’s largest internal studios and is currently working on a number of different games at the moment.
THQ have further confirmed that these cuts are impacting all employees, old and new. Kaos Studio’s lost 17 workers, and now 70 remain in that studio.
“Steps are being taken to ensure team members affected by the transition are treated with appropriate concern,” THQ’s statement added. “The changes are not expected to affect any current or future titles in development with Volition.”
“We have made changes to ensure that the team size aligns to the current stages of internal product development,” the statement added. The publisher said it will offer outplacement assistance to help with future employment.
This is sad news for all of those effected and is not the first time in recent months that THQ have had to make cuts. In February the studio released 14 staff from their Australian studio.
THQ have today revealed details on the up and coming movie tie in of Kung Fu Panda 2 for Xbox, PS3, Nintendo DS and Wii due out in May – just in time for the new movie. The game starts with Po and the Furious Five travelling to save the world from a new threat to Kung Fu, with new enemies created by THQ in conjunction with Dreamworks themselves.
THQ have decided to utilise the Xbox’s Kinect and the U-Draw tablet on the Wii.
In the Xbox version you use the Kinect to firstly be taught Kung Fu by Po and learning the moves to defeat enemies after which you then become Po himself to block, punch, kick, dodge & duck your way through the new levels and environments from the film with no controller needed.
With the Wii you would use the U-Draw Tablet to control Po with the stylus to fight and defend Gongmen City. You battle old and new enemies against backgrounds that you can modify yourself. There is a drawing mode, where you can colour various pieces of character art and objects which will in turn populate in the story mode, making the game unique to each player. There are also several awesome mini-games that can be enjoyed playing as the super cute baby Po.
The PlayStaion3 version sees you battling in more of a strategy style, learning Kung Fu moves such as acu-punches and kung fu curls incorporating problem-solving skills to help master your talents under Po’s tutelage. One thing that is unsure at the moment is weather or not this will include Playstation Move features or not.
On the Nintendo DS you will be able to control Po using the stylus to unleash the awesome moves of kung fu against the game’s enemies. The DS also offers a card game called “Five Card Fu” which can be played in a single or two player game. THQ promises this to be addictive. THQ have not announced any development for the 3DS at this time.
On paper this title promises to be an interesting game with loads of new features to try especially on Kinect and the Wii with the U-Draw tablet. Let’s just hope that it doesn’t follow the curse of movie tie-in games.
Exclusive content can be found at www.kungfupanda2game.com and will be added throughout April/May in lead up to it’s release.
Screenshots below taken from PS3 version. Be patient these are large high quality screens.