Saints Row 2 rollin' onto PS3, 360 in '08

Sequel to popular Grand Theft Auto-style free-range crime game to debut on both Sony's and Microsoft's consoles next year; PS3 port of original canceled.

Saints Row for the PlayStation 3 is no more. During a conference call with analysts after THQ's earnings report today, CFO Edward Zinser revealed the port, which was originally slated for release during this quarter, has been canceled. He said that as a result the California-based publisher is revising its guidance for the April-June quarter, the first of its fiscal year, downward.

THQ CEO Brian Farrell explained the logic behind the cancellation thusly to analysts: "We think the most important thing for the Saints Row franchise is to have a simultaneous ship into a larger installed base next year," he said. "We think the bigger opportunity is a multiplatform launch."

As one might deduce from Farrell's comments, THQ has reallocated all Saints Row resources at its internal studio, Volition, to work on a sequel. The game, which currently has no official title, will ship simultaneously on the PS3 and 360 sometime next year. Further details on the second Saints Row were scant, with THQ saying only that the game would "utilize Volition's proprietary open-world engine and deliver an all-new cross-platform gaming experience." Farrell did tell analysts the game had been in the works for "some time."

Released last August as a 360 exclusive, Saints Row was praised by critics as being the first free-roaming urban crime game to be worthy of comparison to Grand Theft Auto. It also benefited from the fact no GTA game was released for next-gen consoles in 2006, selling nearly 700,000 copies in the US alone, according to industry research group NPD Funworld. The game has topped over 1 million copies worldwide, and recently achieved Platinum Hits status. Perhaps not so-coincidentally, there are no console versions of Grand Theft Auto planned for 2008.

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321 comments
elite396
elite396

I'm going to buy saints row 2 right when it comes out, trust me there will be a lot more freedom lol you are able to be a shemale, now thats what you call freedom. Though I'll stick with a guy, heh heh.

The_ripster88
The_ripster88

To me GTA an Saints Row are 2 sweet games who cares if there so much alike now we have 2 of the same type of game coming on the market instead of just one. meaning we dont have to wait so many years for just one to come out! its good in a way aswell if one of the games where s*#t (just say) we still have 1 to fall back on. either way im happy! :) (smile!)

stefan90
stefan90

i gonna buy gta4, but saints row2 too!!!! i think that bouth games have space maybe i love third one.... Because i love free-roaming urban crime game's and there is 5.000.000 million people who loves them to!!!

dylan52802
dylan52802

This game is such a knockoff for GTA but i dont care. I'll probably still play it anyway.

ExodusNJ
ExodusNJ

The storyline for Saints Row rivaled that of Vice City.

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LPH79
LPH79

Saints Row 2 and GTA 4 are two great games to look forward to in 08.

ChudWarrior
ChudWarrior

Co-op on line throughout the ENTIRE single player campaign, planes, helicopters, a big open city, customizable character, who could ask for more? Saints Row 2 will reign supreme most assuredly. From the looks of the pretentious Gta 4 trailer( the likes of which had some of the most putrid graphics I have ever seen in a so called next gen game) Saints Row 2 will clearly be the better choice.

sivasiva
sivasiva

you wait and see, Saints row 2 will also be a big hit.

xadam19x
xadam19x

thiss game is raw as hell

boikim
boikim

This game has no chance against GTA.

gamerkingg
gamerkingg

SAINTS ROW IS BETTER THAN THE PAST GTA's WILL SEE GTA 4 IN 3/3/08 !!!!

ldj1991
ldj1991

This game is da best, i bought it twice cuz my first copy my friend wrecked and usually i dont buy the same game twice, thats how good it is. Man saints row 2 is gonna be da bomb

SPOONNEYRAY
SPOONNEYRAY

THIS GAME IS GOING TO HOT AS HELL. SAINTS ROW 2 WILL BE BETTER THEN GTA.S.A. MAYBE BETTER THEN GTA IV

MajorCain501
MajorCain501

DJ just go to gamewinners.com to see all of the achievments.

stefan90
stefan90

Whay all free-roam game is copy of GTA, i play Driver and that is not copy of GTA it has own story and they start first with Playstation DRIVER2 soo ... NEW driver cant be copy of GTA!!! True Crime isnt baut a gagnsta or some bad-player it was baut COP and that i DONT see in GTA!!! Saints Row maybe take IDEAl, but noo gameplay or characters i LOVEEE GTA but they dooo not HOLD UNIVERSE!!!!! I hope soo Saints Row gonna launch many and many more Saint Row franchise!!!!

DJ_P_R_K
DJ_P_R_K

WHAT WAS THE SECRET ACHIEVEMENTS IN SAINTS ROW .......

Rx_Nightmare
Rx_Nightmare

i hope he does talk cause it makes it more realistic and makes u look cooler. and julius didnt sell you out he either was trying to kill you or he didnt know you were on the boat but i do know that he set the bomb because if you look closely youll see him look at his watch as he walks away meaning "the bomb will go off soon" Your character doesnt talk because he realy only has time to talk when he does talk in the game and he does have a name but noone cares what it is so they just call him "Playa"...which is kinda stupid because it makes me think youre supposed to type one in but instead it goes with the default Player 1 name so julius just calls you player...lol

westcoastxbox2
westcoastxbox2

the main charecter did talk, but it wasnt much. he was a man of action, he didnt talk because he didnt have to. im glad he doesnt say anying lame, like suck my D word, B word _____________________________

iMass15
iMass15

Ive read a lot of comments here saying the caracter doesn't say any thing... he does... example... julius calls him and says: are you allright. and the character says something about almost being ran over by a truck....

GaMeWiZaRd93
GaMeWiZaRd93

The first game was fun 2 play n I hope the second game is goin 2 be good

RedSoxMaFiA
RedSoxMaFiA

hopefully you can kill julius for selling you out like that

xployt268
xployt268

i hope we wont have the lame charecter who does not talk again what was his name again well he did'nt talk how could i know

360_fanatic
360_fanatic

make it as good as the original saints row ( but maybey add a few new ways of transport and a few new weopons ), but you have to improve the online!! Oh and one mor thing, I think that they will add a new gang and on the last mission you julius will kill there leader, and then you find out that it is julius's brother!! then his father will come and point a gun at his head and then it will go off on to the credits!! :)

jasonmasico
jasonmasico

That's for sure.Can't wait to see another storyline like this.

lakerman8
lakerman8

That'd b cool if your character gets revenge on julius (for trying 2 blow him up @ the end) in the 2nd

MAXPAINE_1989
MAXPAINE_1989

what do you mean somebody answer me is that a reckoning or what "not so-coincidentally, there are no console versions of Grand Theft Auto planned for 2008"

p00phead
p00phead

Hope your character can talk in this one

saigondude63
saigondude63

interesting........................hope its as realistic as gta 4

sadisticon
sadisticon

JSharpe_187 said "I'm not exclusive with it. I can cheat on GTA with other sandbox style games. Me, Crackdown, Saints Row, GTA, it's all good. " LOL I'm a tell rockstar you running around on 'em...

Eggie37
Eggie37

OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG SAINS ROW ROOOOOOCCCKKKSSS

xployt268
xployt268

hope will have more feedback from the protogonist but overall the game was awesome

jamey5
jamey5

frickin awesome.

whiplash_master
whiplash_master

also i think the saints are secretly run by the police. my reasons are that in a los canalis mission were u steal a truck, troy mentions that cops try that s***t all the time wich means he is part of the police force. soz if u dont believe that :(

whiplash_master
whiplash_master

whooooooooooooo yeah SAINTS ROW 2 will b hell kool just add the motorbikes, thanks, the bmx, the plane and helicopter and a mission @ the end were u and the saints fight the us army in a war that will b hell cooooooll. also add new weapons like flamethrower and chainsaw. also add a jet pack and better cheats

ccstrauss94
ccstrauss94

Let get to the good stuff this game as been around for how many mounths now... like 4. i have been studying this game from back round garphics to how well its played on the online community. As i have been playing this game i have had also the privalige to been able to get some inside scoop of phontom games the creators of saints row. My cousin Matt upholz+ Graphic and backround specialist for saints row really should sep by step on how the game was made and how was it really is if i was to rate this game i would give it a 1-10 an a+.

miguel117
miguel117

SWEET!!!!! dude this is awsome i cant wait saints row is like the best game ive ever played i cant wait 4 the vids and pics...SWEET!!!!!

TreDiablo27
TreDiablo27

i cant w8 for this to come out lookin forword to da trailers & gamplay vids "sometime next year"

Daelock
Daelock

It's great to see Saint's Row improve on the GTA engine, so now GTA4 is improving on the Saint's Row engine...like a circle within a spiral...like a wheel within a wheel...

feld3d
feld3d

i loved saints row