Volition’s Eric Barker has said Red Faction: Armageddon’s return to linearity after Guerilla’s open world is an “evolution” for the series, and retains the latter’s sense of “possibilities”.
“We wanna feel that every time it’s kinda evolving a little bit,” Barker told Gamespot.
“[In Guerilla], it was open world. We had all these fantastic possibilities. Well, we’ve kept the possibilities, we’ve kept those – we’ve shortened the distances.”
Barker justifies the series’ return to linear progression by citing improved story telling, non-stop action, reduced travel times, and varying level design.
“We wanna give you as much environmental diversity as possible; we think that’s another advantage in terms of the evolution,” he opined.
The marketing manager also highlighted Armageddon’s destructible environments – which now operate as a gameplay mechanic in a much more integrated fashion than Guerilla’s arguably aesthetic destruction – as an example of ongoing evolution.
See the full interview below.