Users on the Metacouncil forum spotted a very credible leak on Nvidia's Ansel compatibility page, which up until a few hours ago included a game called Red Faction Evolution under R. The entry has since been removed, but not before it was captured by PC Gamer as well, which you can see below.
The last Red Faction game was Red Faction Armageddon in 2011, which reverted the focus of the previous entry in the series, Red Faction Guerrilla (Our Rewind Review of the remastered edition), from mayhem and demolition to a more standard third-person shooter. The original Red Faction was actually a first-person shooter riding the Half-Life wave of success (though it never came close to its status), but it seems more likely that the game will follow in the footsteps of Armageddon.
THQ Nordic's mission to acquire every possible IP has been widely reported here at TechRaptor, and as of February the publisher had over 70 games in development, with that number more recently being up to 80 after recent acquisitions. When Nordic Games was buying up stuff from the THQ IP auction, one of the IPs they acquired was Red Faction, and since then they've also come to own Volition Studios, who originally created the series. It's very likely that we will see an announcement of Red Faction Evolution at E3 next month, so fans of the series should keep an eye out. We'll definitely report on the announcement if it happens at E3, so stay tuned.
Quick TakeHaving reviewed Red Faction Guerrilla last year, I'd actually like to see another mayhem simulator game set in Mars, but this time with a bigger focus on story and worldbuilding, as the setting is actually pretty interesting, and it has some cool characters. Bring back Randy Jenkins and his Jetter, and it's a guaranteed corker.
Are you hoping for more Armageddon or more Guerrilla? Wouldn't you prefer a proper mayhem sim rather than a standard third-person shooter? Let us know in the comments below!