Saints Row 4: This Summer?!
Yes, I am also in this much disbelief right now. The freshest thing in everyone’s mind about Saints Row is that Volition was acquired by Koch Media from THQ, due to THQ going bankrupt and selling a it’s IP’s and studios… But let us travel back in time… To Summer 2011.
E3 2011 showed off Saints Row: The Third, the reboot (what the developers called it) to the series’ personality. Over-the-top, offensive, raunchy, wrong, violent, and fun. Heck, on April 1, 2011 the first trailer surfaced and was a two second long game clip of a man having is testicles assaulted. Good times.
During the press circuit for Saints Row: The Third for E3 and beyond, the producers had mentioned Saints Row 4 would be out in 2013. Last year (2012), Volition announced an expansion pack for SR:TT called Enter the Dominatrix. From what was detailed, Enter the Dominatrix was in the same fashion as Grand Theft Auto IV’s Episodes from Liberty City. Planned as a standalone DLC (or disc, whichever you wanted) it would be a semi-sequel to SR:TT and was planned for Fall 2012. After some time passed and only one screenshot, it was announced that the expansion of Enter the Dominatrix, would be incorporated into Saints Row 4.
The plot of Enter the Dominatrix revolved around an alien warlord coming to Earth in an attempt to takeover our planet. Unfortunately for him, he arrived in Steelport, where the Saints are having none of his shenanigans. To prevent the Saints from stopping him, he imprisons the leader (the player) into the Dominatrix, a simulation of Steelport…
Get it yet? ENTER THE doMinATRIX?
Then THQ went under. Koch Media now owns Volition and the rights to Saints Row.
Klemens Kundratitz, of Koch Media, has said that he expects both Saints Row 4 and Metro: Last Light to be released in 2013. Volition itself hasn’t said anything about this yet, but former Saint’s Row (SR1) design director Chris Stockman tweeted, “the word around the campfire is SR4 is shipping on current gen consoles in late August.”
Now, why wouldn’t Koch and Volition just wait for the Holiday release season? Or for the next-gen consoles? Well, there are a few reasons:
1) SR4 technically has been in development since the release of SR:TT. Metro has been in development for quite some time as well. Both, have been developed for current generation hardware.
2) Even if they were to bring it to next-gen consoles, two problems exist here. The first is that both games would be ports, and have only slightly improved graphics and gameplay… And also the possibility to not play as well. The second is the money. Not everyone will be running out to get the next-gen consoles on day 1 (even if they are released this year) and the true income will still be from Xbox 360 and PS3 sales.
3) If the games are ready to go, this would be a huge sign to the industry that Koch Media is now no longer those Dead Island publishers. It also shows that the entire THQ fiasco didn’t hurt the development of Saints Row or Metro.
4) If this is the last year for current-gen consoles, then having these two games come out this year is a no-brainer. Release them, then get to work on the next-gen sequels.
5) Grand Theft Auto V. While Saints Row 4 is being given a rumored August release date, GTA V will still outsell it, regardless of it being out a month later. (To be honest, had GTA V come out in the spring like originally planned, Saints Row 4 would sell more units if released towards the end of summer/early fall.) Hell, GTA V is expected to outsell Call of Duty’s next entry… And Saints Row: The Third was released amongst Battlefield 3 and CoD:Modern Warfare 3, and still managed to hold it’s own. But having to go against GTA V, a one-month headstart wouldn’t hurt and it would still sell more than SR:TT most likely.
The big question though, is will Saints Row 4 be an expanded version of what Enter the Dominatrix was supposed to be? Or will it be Saints Row 4 and EtD would be a part of a larger story? If you look at Saint’s Row and Saint’s Row 2, Volition did something unthinkable (by today’s standards and demands), they used the same location twice. Stillwater was obviously expanded in SR2 (the story’s 5 year gap helped to explain that), so while the bulk of the city was familiar to returning Saints, it still had took some learning to get around. The gap between SR2 and SR:TT was also a couple of years, and if Volition was to have us return to Stillwater it would again be different than we last saw it. Or would we stay in Steelport and see how it has changed now with the Saints running it. Or, taking it a step further what about being able to travel between both cities? While Steelport’s map isn’t as large as other open-world games, combining the two maps would be rather amazing… But that is just me.
Another major question that fans could ask… When will we return to the Row?
Or even… what happened to Shaundi?