a bit more time to polish the game
In the statement, Boone attributed the delay to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Volition “underestimated the impact COVID would have on our schedule,” said Boone.
He also said nothing about the core game has changed — its story and characters will remain as is. That said, the extra time will allow the team to polish the game.
Here is the full statement:
Our priority is to create the best Saints Row game yet and, if we released on the original date, it wouldn’t be up to the standards we’ve set ourselves, and that you’re expecting and deserve. The team just need more time to do our vision justice; we’re doing some fine tuning and there won’t be much change in the game outside of overall quality and polish.
In all honesty, we underestimated the impact COVID would have on our schedule, although everyone adapted very quickly to the working from home arrangement and continued to be incredibly productive.
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.
As mentioned when we announced Saints Row in August, this will be the biggest and best Saints Row game ever and, in order to achieve our goal, we’ve settled upon a generous, yet essential amount of time to realise our ambitions.
Rest assured, there will not be any changes to the story or the characters or anything that we’ve lovingly imagined over the last few years and already shared with you.
Over the past two years, all corners of the entertainment industry have been affected/impacted in one way or another. As gamers ourselves, we know what it feels like to have something delayed which you’ve been looking forward to; it’s frustrating and you feel disappointed. But we also know that when we finally get Saints Row in your hands, it will have been worth the wait. It’s our absolute priority to get this right.
Volition officially announced the Saints Row reboot in August. The game will not continue the “wacky” tone of Saints Row IV. Instead, it looks to better balance comedic elements with seriousness.
The developer looked to action movies for inspiration. More specifically, it cited Baby Driver, John Wick, and Hobbs & Shaw as reference points for the Saints Row reboot.
The Saints Row reboot will release on the PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series S, Xbox Series X, and PC. The PC release will be exclusive to the Epic Games Store.