Download Red Faction: Battlegrounds to Unlock Playable Upgrades in Red Faction: Armageddon

THQ and Volition are setting April 6th off with a bang announcing today that Red Faction: Battlegrounds will be available to download from XBOX Live and PlayStation Network starting today.

[UPDATE]: According to THQ via Twitter, Red Faction: Battlegrounds will be available on the EU PlayStation Network on Thursday or possibly sooner: “The response i received was Thursday but hey, if it comes out Tomorrow that would be even better, no? :)” (06/04/11)

Red Faction: Battlegrounds
is a multi-player combat game where you take control of vehicles varying from fast-attack vehicles to heavy tanks and even combat walkers as you destroy the opposition above and below the Mar’s surface. Seek out and destroy just about anything and everything that stands in your way using artillery, explosives and more to level other vehicles and military bases.

Red Faction Battlegrounds Screenshot
Up to four players can play together locally or online in different game modes including Survival, Annihilate and Flag Frenzy.

“For hardcore Red Faction fans to casual racers that just want to blow stuff up, Red Faction: Battlegrounds provides a completely new way to experience the Red Faction universe,” said Danny Bilson, Executive Vice President, Core Games, THQ. “This explosive arcade game is a throwback to top-down, four-player racers of the past, yet with story tie-ins and unlockable weaponry that you will experience in our must futuristic game, Red Faction: Armageddon. Great on their own, playing either will make the other that much more enjoyable – exactly what we want from our transmedia projects.”

To ensure all your hard efforts aren’t wasted, players that reach Rank 20 in Red Faction: Battlegrounds will gain exclusive access to the Enforcer for use in Red Faction: Armageddon when it launches on June 3rd. The Enforcer is a EDF rapid fire smart rifle ideal for mashing enemies with its heat-seeking ammunition. Embedded with a microship, rounds fired from the Enforcer and curve and home in for optimal destructive force.

Red Faction Battlegrounds Screenshot
For those not hardcore enough to reach Rank 20, push on through to Rank 10 and you’ll score 2,000 Salvage Points to bag instant upgrades to Darius Mason’s Nano Forge and weapons.

If you’re not in any particular hurry to give Red Faction: Battlegrounds a try but still want to play it at some point, why not preorder Red Faction: Armageddon Collector’s Edition that come with Red Faction: Battlegrounds for free.

Want to see what all the fuss is about? Check out the official trailer below:

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