Here is everything we know so far about Saints Row 5.
15 years ago, THQ decided to make a game very much like Grand theft Auto on steroids. Hence the first Saints Row was born. Since then the franchise has seen its series of ups and lows. Soon after its release, the game found a home for fans who adored the silliness and over the top action the franchise offered. It’s been 5 years since we had a new Saints Row and fans all over the world are craving for the release of the next addition to the popular video game series. Here is everything you need to know about Saints Row 5.
The first installment of the Saints Row series began its development in mid-2003 under the name Bling Bling. The game sold more than two million copies marking the arrival of a new competitor for Rockstar‘s Grand Theft Auto. Since then there have been 3 more releases with Saints Row 4 being the latest dating back to 2013. Even though all four games of the franchise were a huge success, all was not well at the publisher’s desk. THQ, the original publisher of the franchise failed to survive as it dealt with financial issues. THQ declared bankruptcy in 2012, one year after the release of Saints Row 3. The game had record pre-order in the history of the franchise yet it couldn’t save its publisher. The franchise was later picked up by Deep Silver; the company would go on to develop the most recent game of the franchise — Saints Row 4 — along with its expansion Gat Out of Hell (DLC).
Recently, THQ Nordic (formerly called Nordic Games) acquired Koch Media, the parent company of Deep Silver that owned the Saints Row franchise, stirring back the rumors of a potential sequel to Saints Row 4. From the storyline perspective, some might say the games have reached their peak. The games went from realism to craziness to batshit crazy and in Saints Row 4 we had aliens and superpowers. Fans, however, seem to have appreciated this as the gameplay was pure bliss. Running around at super speed, awesome WWE moves, hilarious dialogues and character moments kept fans wanting more. As of now Saints Row 5 is one of the most highly anticipated video game sequel that can stay on par with the hype of a potential GTA 6.
THQ Nordic has not yet officially released a statement regarding the development of a new Saints Row game or what their plans are with the title after acquiring the franchise. This hasn’t stopped the fans of the game from spamming Saints Row 5 in their Google Search every day hoping to see some good news even though there is none yet. However, THQ Nordic’s newest release — Agents of Mayhem — have been received well by the gaming fraternity, this will surely add to their motivation to bring forth the next iteration of the Saints Row franchise.
When Will Saints Row 5 Release?
GTA 6 is rumored to release along with the new consoles in 2020, so if THQ Nordic needs to have a chance in marketing their game they need to do it before the release of GTA 6. Fall 2019 seems to be the most likely place for a new Saints Row to fit in as they have the whole of 2018 and more than half of 2019 to develop and optimize the game to perfection considering they decide to use the same game engine and mechanics of previous Saints Row titles.
However, they are all just rumors and speculations (and more rumors and speculations) at this point in time. There has been no official word from the company regarding the much-rumored title whatsoever. Needless to say, we’ll be updating this article as soon as we get more details about the game, official and otherwise!