Saints Row, the reboot-ish game that is the first title in the series since 2013, was part of a surprise reveal during Gamescom earlier in the year with an already-set date of February 2022. Over the following months, developer Volition put the game up for a Game Informer cover story, happily showed it off in marketing, and released mechanics videos of the newest Saints Row game on social media, all indicating that they were confident in their release date.
Last night, the game was delayed into the summer. Specifically, August 22, a hefty six-month delay from the original planned and public date.
“In all honesty, we underestimated the impact COVID would have on our schedule,” wrote Jim Boone, Volition’s Chief Creative Officer, in an extended blog post on the game’s website. “However, due to the size and scope of our new Saints Row, it’s become apparent that to create the best game possible, we need to give our team longer to perfect their craft.”
Boone also clarifies that nothing about the content is being changed, reiterating what the social media account said a few months ago about not backing down to fan pressure to change the characters or setting.
Publisher THQ Nordic infamously hosted an Ask Me Anything on 8chan, a white supremacist site that was effectively run off the internet after being linked to fatal mass shootings. THQ Nordic has never fully explaining this, disciplined anyone involved, or publicly said what was done about it internally.