Saints Row studio Volition shut down as Embracer Group continues ruthless downsizing

Saints Row studio Volition shut down as Embracer Group continues ruthless downsizing
Nico Vergara Updated on by

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Saints Row reboot studio Volition has been shut down effective immediately according to a statement posted through the game development company’s official LinkedIn page.

This decision comes merely a year after Embracer Group had acquired several high-profile studios including Crystal Dynamics and Eidos Montreal, whose portfolios contained a handful of classic games that included entries in the Tomb Raider and Legacy of Kain series’.

Volition had this to say in their message: “This past June, Embracer Group announced a restructuring program to strengthen Embracer and maintain its position as a leader in the video game industry. As part of that program, they evaluated strategic and operational goals and made the difficult decision to close Volition effective immediately.” “To help our team, we are working to provide job assistance and help smooth the transition for our Volition family members,” Volition continued. “We thank our customers and fans around the world for all the love and support over the years. You will always be in our hearts.”

As soon as news of Volition’s shuttering broke, fans immediately started coming out in droves to support the beloved video game development company. And with the studio having produced several beloved RPG and shoot ’em up games like Summoner and Red Faction, most were predictably incensed at Embracer Group’s decision.

Alas, Volition isn’t the first casualty of Embracer Group’s ruthless restructuring process as the video game holding company also recently shuttered Campfire Cabal, the studio responsible for creating the tactical RPG series, Expeditions: Rome. Unfortunately, this may not be the last studio that gets shuttered by Embracer Group as the corporation is undoubtedly still reeling from the effects of the failed $2 billion partnership mega-deal that fell through back in June 2023.