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New Saints Row game in development at Volition

At some undisclosed time, the Saints (of Saints Row) will again come marching in.

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At some undisclosed time, the Saints (of Saints Row) will again come marching in.

In a financial report released today, THQ Nordic revealed that a new entry in the series is in development.

“Volition is deep in development of a brand-new Saints Row game, the first full entry in this much loved series since Saints Row IV was released in 2013,” the publisher wrote.

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The news comes as THQ Nordic continues to experience financial growth. Seemingly unaffected by the bad press that followed the publisher’s decision to hold an AMA on 8chan — an Internet hive of scum, villainy, Nazism and pedophilia —THQ Nordic reported an operational ebit increase of 193 percent since Q1 of last year.

The Saints Row games are a series of open world titles that are similar in design to Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto games. Beginning with the third entry, the series embraced a heightened cartoonishness. The fourth made the player a literal superhero.

Since IV, Volition has developed two games. In 2015, they released Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell. In 2017, Volition took a break from the Saints to debut a new IP, Agents of Mayhem.

After Agents of Mayhem underperformed critically and commercially, a return to the Saints seems like a safer bet. It will be interesting to see if Volition continues with the excess of recent titles or opts for a reboot, returning to the more grounded tone of earlier entries.

A lot has changed since 2015. Time will tell if the Saints change, too.

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