Saints Row Reboot Failed To Meet Expectations, Franchise Future Under Evaluation
The Saints Row Reboot has failed to meet Embracer Group’s expectations, and the franchise’s future is under evaluation.
Embracer CEO Lars Wingefors has expressed his disappointment in the reception of Saints Row, though he is confident that the game will make money regardless. He described Saints Row as one of the harder of Embracer’s franchises to get a high return on investment with.
Wingefors admitted that Saints Row has ended up with a polarized view from fans, though he added that the publisher will need to wait until the quarterly report in November in order to have more concrete metrics regarding the game’s reception. Despite the concern, he was happy to see that are also a lot players who received the game positively.
According to the Embracer CEO, the game will receive content updates and bug fixes in the future. He was confident that the game will make money on the investment. However, he added that the ROI would not be as great as that of many other games, though he found this to be a good starting point.
Regarding the franchise’s future, Wingefors stated that, as the game’s publisher, Embracer will want every new installment of any of its IPs to be greater than the previous one. As such, the future of Saints Row will be evaluated based on its financial outcome. That said, he expressed a great deal of trust in the development team at Volition, and he looked forward to the things the studio will recommend for the future.
Saints Row is set in the fictional city of Santo Ileso, which is based somewhat on Las Vegas, Nevada, and is situated in the American southwest. The fifth entry in the series was released on PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and Google Stadia on August 23, 2022. The player character, “The Boss,” is a former employee of Marshall Defense Industries. He forms a new gang out of these gangs’ disgruntled members in order to usurp control over them.