It was recently announced that Saints Row IV will be coming this August to current generation platforms like the PS3 and Xbox 360, which surprised many gamers who thought it better for the franchise to hold off for an installment on the next generation of consoles, coming just over the hoirzon. According to developer Volition, there’s a good reason they’re avoiding recklessly jumping headfirst into next-gen.
Speaking to Video Gamer recently, Saints Row IV producer Jim Boone stated that although the developer is certainly interested in the next generation, their problematic experience with creating the PS2 launch title Summoner back in 2000 was an absolute technical nightmare and forever tainted their view of developing titles for a console immediately after it launched:
“We’ve definitely been looking into [the next generation] just like everyone else does, but I think our philosophy is generally to try and do it right.
Part of that is from our history… When we did Summoner – that was a launch title for the PlayStation 2 – and our experience with that was… It was one of the most painful games I’ve ever worked on because obviously it’s a launch title and it’s just incredibly challenging to do. And I think from that we’ve learned.
Boone went on to say that it was this exact school of thought that prevented the original Saints Row from coming out during the Xbox 360’s launch, instead being released almost a full year after the console launched in order to allow Volition to become more familiar with the hardware and better create games for it:
“Saints Row 1 is a perfect example… We specifically chose not to do that one as a launch title because of the kinds of lessons we learned on Summoner. So I think we’ve just woven that into our philosophy of, let’s make sure we do the game right rather than feeling like we need to do a mad dash just to get it out on next-gen.”
What this means is that you’ll likely see a Saints Row game, or at least a game by Volition on next generation consoles like the PS4. You’ll just have to wait a year or two after launch for them to become adept at creating quality titles with the hardware they have before them.
Stay tuned for more news on Saints Row IV. Do you agree or disagree with Boone’s thoughts? Let us know in the comments below, or on our forums!