Saints Row Developer Volition Moved From Deep Silver To Gearbox
Volition, the developers behind the Saints Row series, have been moved internally from Deep Silver to Gearbox, which "has all the tools, including an experienced management team in the United States, to create future success at Volition".
Thanks to its buggy launch, lack of features, weak story, and simple gameplay, Saints Row has widely been considered one of the most disappointing game releases in 2022. Embracer Group, the owners of Volition, has commented on the game's rough launch a few times since it released in August, but it has now revealed that the developers will be moved internally from Deep Silver to Gearbox.
During an interim report from Embracer Group that was released last night, Saints Row is mentioned as being one of the primary reasons for organic growth during the quarter, although it's also noted that its review scores didn't meet expectations and that it "polarized" fans. Embracer Group also revealed that the game "performed in line with management expectations" in regard to its sales.
The statement reads, "The reception of Saints Row did not meet the full expectations and left the fanbase partially polarized. The game development studio, Volition, has been working hard to improve the player experience. Financially, Saints Row has performed in line with management expectations in the quarter."
The interim report also reveals that Volition will no longer be a part of Deep Silver (which is an operation of Plaion, who is also owned by Embracer Group) and will now be overseen by Gearbox Software. The statement reads, "Going forward, Volition will transition to become part of Gearbox which has all the tools, including an experienced management team in the US, to create future success at Volition. This is the first internal group transfer where we transfer a major studio between operative groups, but it is not necessarily the last."
It's not made clear why Volition has been moved from Deep Silver to Gearbox when they're all owned by Embracer Group, but the statement does specifically mention that Gearbox has "an experienced management team in the US" so it seems likely that it's so that Gearbox can keep a closer eye on Volition's output and make sure that it's up to standard.
Volition being transferred over to Gearbox does seem to imply that the studio has more titles in development that it'll continue to work on, despite how Saints Row performed. For now, we know that the team continues to work on updates and content drops for Saints Row, having just released the "Bright Future" update that has over 200 bug fixes.
Whether Volition's future contains more Saints Row beyond the 2022 game isn't very clear. Embracer Group CEO Lars Wingefors previously had this to say on the future of the series, “I think we need to wait for the quarterly report in November to have more details around this. We’re still fairly early in our release window and still collecting data, and there is also bug fixing and more content coming". Although we didn't get any confirmation of Saints Row continuing, we did find out the future of Volition, which might mean the two go hand-in-hand.
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