Saints Row 4 screenshot
Saints Row 4 screenshot

Saints Row 4 launches on current-gen consoles and PC this August. But why, unlike games like Assassin's Creed 4, Watch Dogs and Destiny, isn't Volition holding out for a next or cross-gen launch?

According to the game's senior producer Jim Boone, Volition's experience with PS2 launch title Summoner is partly to blame.

"I think the biggest thing for us was trying to focus as much as we could on current-gen," Boone told, discussing the reasons behind Saints Row 4's next-gen absence. "We've definitely been looking into [next-gen] just like everyone else does, but I think our philosophy is generally to try and do it right.

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"Part of that is from our history," Boone continued. "When we did Summoner - that was a launch title for the PlayStation 2 - and our experience with that was... It was one of the most painful games I've ever worked on because obviously it's a launch title and it's just incredibly challenging to do. And I think from that we've learned."

This isn't the first time Volition has held a Saints Row title back from a next-gen console launch, either.

According to Boone, Volition deliberately held the original Saints Row back from the Xbox 360 launch window to avoid the problems it faced with Summoner.

"Saints Row 1 is a perfect example," he continued. "We specifically chose not to do that one as a launch title because of the kinds of lessons we learned on Summoner. So I think we've just woven that into our philosophy of, let's make sure we do the game right rather than feeling like we need to do a mad dash just to get it out on next-gen."

The studio, which was acquired by Dead Island publisher Deep Silver in January, is looking into next-gen for future projects, though.

"We certainly are looking - just like all other developers - at next-gen," Boone added, "but at least with Saints Row 4 that's current-gen and PC."

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

Source: Interview

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rrerer's Avatar


Maybe it was painful to make, but Summoner 2 is one off the best games of all time.
Posted 14:03 on 16 February 2014
rbevanx's Avatar


Never played it but what put's me off Saint's 4 was that it was gonna be DLC for Saints 3...The DLC for that game was awful and just hate the idea they are possibly just making a bigger version of some poor DLC.

Gonna wait till it's cheap anyway like I did with the other one.
Posted 11:18 on 25 March 2013

coletrain@ BC_Animus

I liked it too!
Posted 10:49 on 25 March 2013
BC_Animus's Avatar


I LIKED Summoner...
Posted 09:25 on 23 March 2013
Clockpunk's Avatar


Fair points, indeed - very much looking forward to adding both of the upcoming iterations of Saints and GTA to my collection.
Posted 15:04 on 22 March 2013

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Release Date: 01/09/2006
Developer: Volition
Publisher: THQ
Genre: Action
No. Players: 1-12
Rating: BBFC 18
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