You’ve no doubt heard about Embracer at this point, the studio that’s buying up a huge collection of medium to large-scale developments, including Gearbox, Crystal Dynamics, Eidos, and Volition, which recently released a rebooted Saints Row game.
Now Embracer is talking about how the game has performed and they… don’t sound very excited about it even though they are trying to take some positive aspects out of the release.
Via ETN’ Stephen TotiloHere’s some quotes from Lars Wingefors, CEO of Embracer, speaking to investors about Saints Row:
“Personally, I had hoped for a greater reception of the game. It is a very polarized view… There are many things to be said and details surrounding it. I am happy to see many gamers and fans happy. At the same time, I am a bit “sad to see that fans aren’t happy either. It’s hard. I think we’ll have to wait until the November quarterly report to have more details.”
But in the end he thinks they will make money from it. However, the future of the franchise as a whole seems a bit up in the air after Saints Rows’ disappointing performance:
“Of course you always want each episode of an IP to be bigger than the last, but what you do is… evaluate your position, the outcome… and there [are] hundreds of people in the group participated in this game. I still have great faith in those people and I’m sure they will recommend things for the future.”
Saints Row is heading towards the end of 2022 as one of the worst-rated major games of the year, with its Metascore hovering in the low 60s, a place no game wants to be. This undoubtedly corresponded to a lower than hoped for sales. I’m not sure how truly “polarized” the response was, as Wingefors claims. I was actually in the camp that the game was better than the critics said, but my enthusiasm waned the further I got into it, and the more I found it just fewer somehow involved in time. I maintain that completely resetting all the characters and completely disconnecting it from the cast and world of the last four games was a big mistake.
Saints Row recently came into a less favorable light again during the major GTA 6 leak, where people commented that even as a build that is 2-3 years after release, it looked better than Saints Row, which launched in a somewhat shabby state. . While Saints Row has always been a little brother to GTA, previous games were still well reviewed and sold, and that just wasn’t the case with this reboot, which clearly missed the mark. I’m honestly not sure when we’ll see the series again after this.
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