THQ's promising Red Faction: Armageddon will be preceded by the release of an Xbox Live Arcade and PSN title, the publisher's told CVG.
Speaking during an interview at E3 this month, THQ's VP of core games and all-round top chap, Danny Bilson revealed that the publisher intends to use the download game to build buzz for the release of Armageddon.
He said: "One of the other strategies we have is Xbox Live and PSN games on our big brands. They're revenue generators and marketing tools.
"There's going to be a Red Faction Arcade game that ships about three or four months before Armageddon. What's interesting is that we will sell it to the fans, it will have content you can download that is TV show-related, it will build up to the new game and also we can use it to drive pre-orders, too; we can give codes and aspects of it, we can give the whole thing away."
If you haven't seen Armageddon yet (for shame), it moves the action from the dusty surface seen in Guerrilla back underground, where you'll be battling to save the human race from a "greater evil". Hit the link for more Red Faction Armageddon details.
On the upcoming Red Faction XBLA/PSN game, Bilson told us that these kind of "multi-faceted mini-games" will be part of THQ's strategy going forward.
"You'll see it on Red Faction, you'll see it on Saint's Row and a couple of others," he said. "Not only that, we have a comic book coming on it as well. And in December we'll announce the Saint's Row situation, which is the biggest trans-media play anyone has ever done."
In the same interview the THQ exec revealed plans for Homefront: London.
Red Faction: Armageddon releases in March, 2011 for PS3, 360 and PC.