A New Saints Row Game is 'Deep in Development' From Volition
Been a while since we've heard anything from the Saints Row series, hasn't it? That's all about to change, thanks to a bucket-load of news dropped the other day by THQ Nordic, the ones overseeing publishing after snapping up Deep Silver. In a recent earnings call, THQ Nordic discussed the many projects they have in the works and upcoming for the next few years. One of these, excitingly enough, is a brand new Saints Row game. For context, the last mainline Saints Row was Saints Row 4, which released all the way back in 2013. It was followed up by a well-received expansion, Gat Out of Hell, in 2015. But ever since then, it's been nothing but radio silence. We knew we were probably going to get a new game eventually, as Saints Row is fairly popular, but it was just a question of when.
Unfortunately, there wasn't much information THQ could provide about the project. No name, no release window, nothing. But what we do know is that series developer Volition is working on this entry too. "Volition is deep in development of a brand-new Saints Row game," the statement reads. "[The] first full entry in this much-loved series since Saints Row IV was released in 2013." Going by the wording here, we can also infer that this game has been in development for quite some time; "deep in development", as they put it. Whether it will be called Saints Row V or something else entirely remains to be seen, but it promises to be just as wacky and chaotic as ever. For those who haven't seen Saints Row before: It plays similarly to Grand Theft Auto, but with a goofy twist. The series took this turn after the release of Saints Row the Third, where ever since it's been well known for its off-the-wall humor and hilarity-filled antics throughout the gameplay.
THQ Nordic wasn't content to stop at that juicy bit of news, however. They've got a lot going on! According to them, TimeSplitters series co-creator Steve Ellis has joined the company "to help plot the future course for this franchise." As we reported last year, THQ Nordic acquired the rights to the TimeSplitters series from Crytek, meaning the future of the franchise got more hopeful. With this bit of news, that only strengthens hopes further for more TimeSplitters. Other THQ properties, such as Dead Island, now has a new developer behind it working on the long-awaited Dead Island 2. Most curiously, THQ stated that they're expecting "at least two" big AAA game releases before March 2021 arrives. It's reasonable to expect this new Saints Row game to be one of those releases. A rather hefty release window, to be sure, but it's better than nothing! And with this confirmation comes the hopes that we hear more in the coming months and year as a whole.
If you have yet to get into the Saints Row series, it's not too difficult to do so... depending on which entry you start from. The first game is only available on Xbox 360, whereas the sequel is on PS3, 360, and Windows PC. From 3 onwards, it gets easier. Saints Row the Third recently got ported to Nintendo Switch this past May, providing a very up-to-date and easy means of playing at home or on the go. Saints Row IV is available on both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, as well as Windows PC and the former generation of PlayStation/Xbox consoles. Now's the time to play them, it seems! If you want to check out an overview of THQ Nordic's entire press release, you can do so on their official website. The company is one to keep an eye on; they've made several huge purchases on notable developers, meaning we'll be seeing a lot of properties come from them going forward.