Saints Row completed second within the August NPD report, so how unhealthy may issues probably be? Properly, Embracer CEO Lars Wingefors, whose firm owns developer Volition, doesn’t sound too enthusiastic in any respect. “Personally, I had hoped for a higher reception of the sport,” he mentioned, as reported by Axios’ Stephen Totilo. “It’s been a really polarized view.”
Whereas we thought the title was a perfectly agreeable reboot, others have been much less beneficiant. “There may be numerous issues that might be mentioned and particulars round it,” Wingefors continued, alluding to the reception. “I’m comfortable to see numerous players and followers comfortable. On the identical time, I’m a bit unhappy to see additionally followers not comfortable. It’s troublesome.”
The chief admitted that it’ll await extra information in November, and insisted he’s assured the venture will flip a revenue in time. “Will it have as nice a return of funding that we now have seen in lots of different video games?” he contemplated. “Not very seemingly, however we’ll make cash and that’s a superb start line.”
Saints Row is one in every of Embracer’s greater price range tasks, and due to this fact it must promote extra copies to be thought of successful. This may increasingly clarify why, regardless of the sport charting fairly extremely, Wingefors is talking prefer it’s flopped. In spite of everything, chart placement doesn’t give us a terrific indication of gross sales figures, and it sounds just like the reboot has did not outsell earlier entries.
All of this begs the query: is there a future for the sequence? “Clearly you at all times need each instalment of any IP to be higher than the final one, however what you do is consider your place, the result, and there [are] a whole bunch of individuals engaged on this sport within the group. I nonetheless have a terrific belief in these individuals, and I’m positive they are going to advocate issues for the longer term.”
We admire the candid nature of those feedback, however we don’t assume we’ve ever heard an government be fairly so sincere in regards to the efficiency of a sport that simply launched.