So now that the large majority of the gaming world has had the time to come to terms with the absolute bombshell that was the announcement of the Grand Theft Auto V release date, we can all take a step back to reflect on some of the subtleties that may not have seemed so obvious at first. One of the particular subtleties that I find intriguing is the 2013 release that has been pencilled in for Saints Row 4…
We all know about the recent doubts that had revolved around the Saints Row series as a whole after publisher THQ went kaputt. But since Koch Media’s acquirement of developer Volition in the THQ asset auctioning, the immediate future seems far more certain. One of those certainties is the strong belief that Saints Row 4 will hit consoles in 2013, with Koch Media owned developer Deep Silver taking the mantle as the new Saints Row publisher, so this will open up a possible calendar clash for both sandbox games.
It will be interesting to see how Volition carry themselves in the build-up to the release of Saints Row 4 and Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto V. If the past is anything to go by, most specifically the embarrassing jostling attempted by Volition with the ‘Would you rather’ trailer that they released whilst promoting Saints Row 2 in 2008, then this could be an affair tinged with a smidgen of bad blood.
Grand Theft Auto has been the leading sandbox game series for as long as I can remember, whilst GTA IV sold 6 million copies within a week of its release, which is in the region of the estimated overall sales for Saints Row & Saints Row 2 combined. There really is no competition between the two as Grand Theft Auto is and will be in a league of its own for quite some time. The Saints Row series has since established its own fun loving niche in the gaming world with the likes of Saints Row: The Third proving to be a pretty outlandish and enjoyable title, so it was pointless for Volition to attempt to build a rivalry in the first place. Unfortunately for them, it could be a rivalry which we see reignited at some point this year and my money isn’t on the underdog.
Admittedly this is all speculation, but educated speculation nevertheless. Personally speaking, it will be interesting to see how this develops as the year goes on, with the potential for the release date of Saints Row 4 being moved in order to distance itself from competing with GTA V. Alternatively, we could see a head-to-head battle between the two should their release dates fall within weeks of each other.
As I said before; For now it is purely speculation, but only time will tell.