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Saints Row 4 is due to launch three weeks before Rockstar's open-world giant hits the shelves on September 17.

But rather than let itself be swallowed up by Grand Theft Auto 5, Volition believes that the series doesn't pose as much of a threat to Saints Row as it once did, thanks to the team's work in differentiating itself from Rockstar's title.

"It's a hell of a game," said Saints Row 4's senior producer Jim Boone, while discussing the proximity of GTA 5's release with

"I think it's a threat to everyone in the sense that it's such a dominant game, and it's obviously going to go sell what it's going to sell. [But] I think... where we feel a little more comfortable about it being in proximity is the fact that we're such a different game now."

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Boone believes that Volition has done enough with the Saints Row series in the years since its initial release to distinguish it from GTA, and thinks that the comparisons between the two is akin to comparing Call of Duty with Dead Space.

"Say if we were doing Saints Row 1 style where it was very reminiscent of GTA in terms of the style and the content, I would probably be a nervous wreck right now, to be perfectly honest with you," Boone continues. "But I think you can see, we're such a different game now.

"A crude example that I always think of is that, if I could compare a Modern Warfare game to Dead Space, sure, it's in the same genre of being a shooter but the style is so different. And I kind of feel like we're in that phase now with open world. Early on there was GTA and practically nothing else; Saints Row was one of the very first ones to come out in addition to that. And now I think there's enough different styles within the genre that it's maybe not as threatening any more."

However, Boone appears left with little doubt that GTA will dominate the market on its release.

"There's no doubt, [GTA 5's] going to go out and do what it does, but I think we've differentiated ourselves enough that at least we present something that's quite a different experience [to] what they're doing."

Saints Row 4 launches on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC on August 23.

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MissFrozen's Avatar


I always found that the GTA series was more serious in comparison to saints row, however I'm very pleased with the experience I've had with both series. I'm looking forward to the releases!
Posted 18:52 on 22 March 2013
EverTheOptimist's Avatar


I'm a big fan of both, they're completely different games. I love the story and relatively realistic immersion GTA IV offered, but I also love slapping someone with a massive dildo in SR3. They're different enough for me to buy both of them.

It's been said before, but Volition have picked up the San Andreas torch and have taken it to ridiculous places.
Posted 16:21 on 22 March 2013
munkee's Avatar


I was expecting to read a heap of arrogant quotes and then make a sarcastic comment here. But instead he seems quite humble and smart about it. Saints Row really does have it's own identity now and I'm pretty sure that a fair amount of ex-GTA fans have become Saints fans instead.

..Not me though. Sorry Saints Row, but you won't even get a look in. (I still love you Rockstar)
Posted 15:22 on 22 March 2013

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Release Date: 18/11/2014
Developer: Rockstar
Publisher: Rockstar
Genre: Action
Rating: PEGI 18+
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