Saints Row 2 delayed

PS3, 360 sequel to THQ's open-world would-be GTA slips two months, now due October 14.

Saints Row 2 won't be moving out with all guns blazing on schedule. In fact, the game has been shunted from its original August 26 release date, as reported by Reuters. Developed by Illinois-based Volition, the Grand Theft Auto-esque PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 action adventure has been pushed back until October 14 due to "product quality and marketing issues."

The delay will push the game's release from THQ's second fiscal quarter into the third. However, according to senior vice president of worldwide marketing Bob Aniello, speaking to Reuters, this will not affect the company's financial outlook for its 2009 fiscal year.

Aniello said, "Product quality is a huge driver of a game's success and this move allows us to polish the game. The game is done, it's about polish."

The first Saints Row was released in August 2006 in the US and September in Europe. The game took place in the fictional city of Stilwater, with four gangs fighting it out for control of turf. The gamer steps into the shoes of a passerby who witnesses a murder and is rescued by a member of one gang, The Saints. He then joins the Saints and embarks on a series of missions to bring down the other three gangs.

Though intended to make Saints Row 2 more viable at retail, today's delay could inadvertently put it up against a major competitor. Though not yet specifically dated, the first major downloadable-content update to the Xbox 360 version of Grand Theft Auto IV is slated for release this fall.

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EagleLiam
EagleLiam

Yes @RUFF They lied about alot of s*** but some might just of been hype and fan-based rumours

RUFF1807
RUFF1807

well dats dumb! they seaid that u can make UR OWN gang and take revenge on saints row..this sucks it better be good..

kalclash
kalclash

IMO GTA4 plays like Kane and Lynch but in an open world, and that game sucked! The gunplay and cover system is awful in both games, but in addition GTA4 has awful car handling and and highly repetitive story! To sum up GTA4 is repetitive and boring, where as Saints Row 2 will be refreshing, FUN, and innovative! Bring it on and don't belive in all the BS GTA4 hype!

RockaWuzHur
RockaWuzHur

This game has the potential to be far better than GTA IV. GTA IV was fun don't get me wrong, but they took the stuff that made it fun and replaced with $hit like a friend simulator. Who wants to do that?! I remeber San Andreas being fun due to the outlandishness and chaos they took all of that out of GTA which made it less fun. Saints Row 2 looks like it is going to be the game that replaces all of that.

setonj18
setonj18

hopefully this game will be more fun than GTA 4, although that was a really fun game, they stripped it and made it kinda boring. I'm really excited for this game, but it won't do nearly as well as GTA 4 did.

H_U_R_D
H_U_R_D

@FrostyAzn and gibbie_420: both of u are wrong b/c what ever u think about this genre...and whatever games are copied from it, it all came from one place, and that is GTA

Supaman625
Supaman625

Guess you can't blame em GTA4 smacked the s#!t out of the gaming industry & if you want to copy their format you are going to have to be better than the original in every way hopefully the delay won't steer fans away but I can wait just hope its as good as gta 4

ACDC_Rocker
ACDC_Rocker

well the had to delay it, after seeing how great gta 4 was their gonna have to step it up

FrostyAzn
FrostyAzn

@gibbie_420 thats so freakin tru

Matt-Mosh
Matt-Mosh

Ah, im really looking forward to this game! Shame it has been delayed. Can't wait to get my grubby little paws on it!

pcphantom
pcphantom

It's funny how so many of the GTA4 fans bash on this game. If you like GTA series than SR is just more great games for the genre that you claim to love. I liked GTA SA, but honestly, it was nothing compared to SR. SR brought a new story and truly stepped up anything SA had to offer. This doesn't make GTA SA bad, it just made SR worth buying. GTA4 is a pretty good game and I look forward to the DLC on the 360, but don't think for a minute that a $7 or $8 download is going to stop me from getting SR2. If SR2 is half the game I hope it's going to be than it will still be a 10 and beat out GTA4, this doesn't make GTA4 bad, but I think SR2 will be great. Polish SR2 all you want, I have plenty to keep me busy until it comes out, I am just happy to know I'll have it this year. If anything I think pushing it back is a good idea, even though GTA4 and SR2 are different games it's not good business to release two great games of the same genre so close together.

combatsoldier
combatsoldier

boo hoo cry me a river because someone but down my favorite game. drangel_jam needs to get a life and the next time you call me out you will be destroyed. pay heed to my words because I AM THE KING OF REVIEW and i say what everyone else is to afraid to.......ha ha ha ha. gta 4 was a letdown and this game is going to prove that this year is the year of saints row. dont cry now and wet your bed little child it will be okay the mean man is just online and in your nightmares. boo hoo boo hoo. here you go. here is the worlds smallest violen so you can cry some more.

Collin20
Collin20

I am loving GTA 4 don't get me wrong, but Saints Row did a lot of the same stuff GTA 4 did (like throwing you out of the car and exploring buildings) back in August. Plus I miss the customization in GTA. If Saints Row 2 can clean the game up to the polish of Grand Theft Auto, it will probably be my favorite game of the year.

drangel_jam
drangel_jam

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drangel_jam
drangel_jam

C'mon, I can't believe this articles compared SR2 with a GTA4 DLC. This ridiculous. If SR2 doesn't sell well, it surely won't be due to GTA4's X360 DLC.

PS3_King12
PS3_King12

I think this is a good thing. It will probably be worth the wait anyways

combatsoldier
combatsoldier

its okay im sure the wait will be worth it considering this has got to be better then that garbage gta 4. oh no did i just hurt your pre adolescent fan boy talking panties. grow up. well anyways who cares when DBZ is coming out on the tenth and fathers day is right there to. good thing my kids wont turn out like you and cry if someone says something that you dont like. boo hoo. look i beat gta 4 but the best one out of all of them is vice city and i was extremely let down with the lack of content that you can do in this. open your mind and you will know im right. gta offered no accomplishing feeling in the end and offers no replay value. this is not a gta rip off. saints row is original and does not copy. it has a similar engine but a completely unique story line. this one is worth buying. especially if you feel the same way i do about that over hyped piece of trash gta 4. gta 4 is a 6 out of 10. now go cry and give me a thumbs down puppets.

dewd4
dewd4

Hopefully the delay might change the fact that it still looks like a ps2 game

SPOONNEYRAY
SPOONNEYRAY

that gives me more time 2 get other games

gin_rummy89
gin_rummy89

I'm okay with the delay, It will be a better game in the end.

football_legend
football_legend

I think the game would standout from GTA IV with its Co-op (which is big these days), and a more polished online (GTA IV PS3 still going rough).

combatsoldier
combatsoldier

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wakko19991
wakko19991

this is no surprise, they very little content to display when they announced the first date, so I knew this was smoke from day one....you can kiss that OCtober date away too..think march 09...quote me...

RockaWuzHur
RockaWuzHur

From the way it was looking it was probably for the best.

metalkid9
metalkid9

this game is like playing a cartoon. the graphics are unbelievable!! its kinda like vice city. i would even say san andreas was more descent than this. look at the running in the trailers, its the same exact way as in vice city. this is embarrasing to own.

Shomb22
Shomb22

Delayed. I think this gen is abusing this words useage.

baltimore187
baltimore187

Looking forward to playing this game. SR1 was a good game with good sharp graphics and from the looks of these pics I've seen SR2 won't disappoint. Still playing GTA4.

tatu2004
tatu2004

oh well i guess the delay was coming

metalkid9
metalkid9

wow the graphics look so cartoonish compared to gta4. i dunno how ppl would like to even play this.

ps2forever
ps2forever

I guess GTA4's Domination made Saint's Row 2 developers think twice. I think that they will try to make features similar to GTA4, but just a little twist. but hopefully it would be as enjoyable as GTA4 and the first Saints row.

DrKill09
DrKill09

@_guenter_26 GTA IV's story is good, and for most part the game plays well, but SR2 is going to have better aiming controls, and probably better multiplayer. "SR1 was something to keep you interested til Crackdown", LMAO! Crackdown was an ok game, but nowhere near SR1 in terms of over all gameplay or replayability. btw, Spongebob is "10x worstest" than Ren and Stimpy! :P

_guenter_26
_guenter_26

EnigManic Are you nuts? GTA4 story is very good. SR1 wasnt that good, it was just something to keep you busy till Crackdown. SR2 is going to be 10x worst than GTA4.

gandalf_storm
gandalf_storm

what the fun ? - was really looking forward to it as well, snap as the guy below, bored with gta now, was looking forward to the co-op in sa2, smeg sake grrr... :(

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

Im looking quite forward to this as bored of GTA4 and hardly even play it now (so much for the hype).

EnigManic
EnigManic

Monkey_God, are YOU nuts? SR1's ending is part of a bigger story. SR2 reveals that your character survives and sets out for revenge. I'm very excited. This game will be 10X better than GTA4.

siteless_one
siteless_one

it seems that if i like it... it gets delayed.

Taegre
Taegre

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!1

Lamb0fFilth
Lamb0fFilth

still petri im bored and ova GTA byway

the_monkey_god
the_monkey_god

@FrostyAzn Are you nuts? Saints row ended with you blowing up on a boat. Talk about a weak story !

Kollawona
Kollawona

Damn it this suck. But I guess delay mean a better game. But still.

Petri87
Petri87

@playa42018 - GTA IV has no good features that weren't in Saints Row. Both the GPS and Phone were in Saints Row. And GTA IVs feature set isnt whats good about GTA IV, all the features are standard and have been in other games. its the story in GTA IV that was amazing and the main reason ppl are playing it.

BloodWerewolf
BloodWerewolf

Saint's Row 2 can only turn out better with this. Bring on the Row.

playa42018
playa42018

Probably not a bad idea to push it back to let the GTA4 appeal wear off a little. If the game's not golden yet, I wouldn't be mad at them for adding the "good" features from GTA4 too.

FrostyAzn
FrostyAzn

i was really looking forward to this and i knew it was gonna be better than Gta 4 becuz face it the story is dull and Saints row 2 will hav a better one but oh well just gonna have to wait longer

Mercenary848
Mercenary848

Crap I was really looking forward to it sooner.