February 2022 is a packed month for video game releases, but it just got a little less packed. Volition has delayed the Saints Row reboot from February 25 to August 23, 2022 for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and PC.
A Saints Row update from Jim Boone, Chief Creative Officer, Volition
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Chief Creative Officer Jim Boone gave a lengthy explanation on the game’s website and an abridged one on Twitter. He spoke about how the team wanted to create the best Saints Row and the February date wouldn’t have allowed that. Covid was one of the key factors as Boone candidly admitted that the team underestimated the impact it would have on the game, even though he also said that the developers “adapted very quickly” to working at home.
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The game won’t see significant changes as Volition is mainly just focused on “quality and polish.” He even plainly stated that the story and characters won’t be changing, which seems like it was designed to preemptively stomp down any claims that Volition was caving to criticism. Some were dismayed with the new direction of the game, as they weren’t the same Saints from prior games. And this disapproval has popped up in many places like its announcement trailer, which currently has over 31,000 likes and around 70,000 dislikes on YouTube.
Regardless, this is apparently the biggest Saints Row game and the studio wants to “realize [its] ambitions.” He signed off the post by saying that he knows what it’s like to see a delay for something he’s been looking forward to, but that it will be worth the wait. He signed off the Twitter post a little differently by saying that he knows it will be “fucking awesome” when it launches.
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August is a little more generous than the report that had preceded the official announcement. As reported on by PCGamer, Embracer Group’s financial report said that the title was coming in the financial year of 2022 and 2023, meaning that it could have come out as late as April 2023 (or, optimistically, as early as March 2022).
However, February is still a full month. The month still has Dying Light 2, Horizon Forbidden West, Elden Ring, Destiny 2: The Witch Queen, Life is Strange Remastered Collection, King of Fighters XV, Evil Dead: The Game, and Sifu. It’s likely only a matter of time before more start to fall out February, too.