Saints Row IV developers respond to dildo weapon criticisms

Developers take on questions during an "Ask Me Anything" session on Reddit; respond to criticisms on the inclusion of dildo weapon.

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Fans of the upcoming open-world game Saints Row IV participated in an AMA with senior producer Jim Boone and design director Scott Phillip on Reddit earlier today.

The discussion covered a range of topics concerning Saints Row IV, including a response to Cliff Bleszinski's previous comments regarding the negative impact of including a dildo weapon in the game.

The duo responded to a question concerning Bleszinski's comments by citing Hollywood as an example.

"I think of this along the lines of motion pictures," Boone said.

"I just can't imagine Hollywood suddenly deciding that movies like The Hangover shouldn't come out because it is immature. Sure, it may not win an Oscar, but it sure is funny as hell and amazingly entertaining. People won't all feel the same way about that movie as I do, but that doesn't mean the movie shouldn't be made."

"[Bleszinski] said he felt SR would've been better if it had been a Michael Mann/Heat-esque bank robbery type of game. Somebody else already makes that game and spends four times as much money to make it with a staff four times our size," Phillips added.

"We need to make Saints Row, not a game someone else is already making. As Jim said earlier, you wouldn't want to see the same movie over and over again; sometimes you need a drama and sometimes you need a comedy, and Saints Row delivers something that players clearly want and aren't getting elsewhere."

When concerns were brought up regarding the PC port of Saints Row IV, Boone assured that players could expect "the same level of quality" as in the PC version of Saints Row 3, as a result of working on the PC build throughout the development cycle.

Saints Row IV publisher Deep Silver recently revealed details for the game's season pass content, which includes a "Rectifier" alien probe weapon. The publisher also confirmed that the game has reached gold status.

The game has been refused classification twice in Australia. An edited version has been submitted to Australian censors, although there is no indication of when a decision about the edited version will be made.

Changes in the edited version are described by Boone as "not too disruptive to the game." He explained that the submitted version is "missing one weapon and one mission."

Saints Row IV is slated for release in North America and Europe on August 20 for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC.

Discussion

182 comments
SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

"We need to make Saints Row, not a game someone else is already making." But...for the first two games in the series, you tried to be a game someone else was making. o_O

lilflex1
lilflex1

imagine having to pay taxes like an adult but not being treated like one by not being able to play certain M rated games

bluecapsule24
bluecapsule24

i love people who have nothing better to do than complain about shit.  like when i say i gotta take a crap and someone's like, well you just took a crap, and i'm like, holy crap your complaining cured me of having to take a crap and now i don't have to crap anymore, thanks fella

Lamesy
Lamesy

A lecture on maturity from Cliff 'Gunz R Kool' Blezinski, just what the industry needs! ::eye roll::

tightwad34
tightwad34

Everyone knows dildos are the worst thing in the world.

Hurvl
Hurvl

Yeah, chillax Cliffy, it's just silly entertainment. Wishing the game to be something different is pointless, especially since there are already alternatives to Saint's Row if you don't like it.

Tripwolf
Tripwolf

Can't wait for SR4. Already preordered. The humor in SR3 was pure win.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

If a developer is asked to respond to anything Cliffy B said their response should be: "He's an idiot.  Next question."

Oozyrat
Oozyrat

I love the over-the-top gameplay in Saints Row, and the weapon was pretty amusing as well. However, I think the joke is pretty much over and I don't think it should be included in the next game. It's kind of like the gun that made people poop their pants in Destroy All Humans. I don't know if that was in the sequels, but I think having it in one game was enough. Make another funny weapon, not just keep reusing the same joke.

Moegitto
Moegitto

So Cliff wants them to copy another game to be successful? No wonder Fish ignored him...

KeenoControl
KeenoControl

Good for them, Saint's Row is successful BECAUSE it is different and has consistent quality

LesserAngel
LesserAngel

"[Bleszinski] said he felt SR would've been better if it had been a Michael Mann/Heat-esque bank robbery type of game. Somebody else already makes that game and spends four times as much money to make it with a staff four times our size," Phillips added.

"We need to make Saints Row, not a game someone else is already making. As Jim said earlier, you wouldn't want to see the same movie over and over again; sometimes you need a drama and sometimes you need a comedy, and Saints Row delivers something that players clearly want and aren't getting elsewhere."

And this is why I like SR, because it's DIFFERENT from GTA.

Kashmiro
Kashmiro

They have included dildos as weapons for a while now... Why is this coming up now? 

Ivan Mallia
Ivan Mallia

Bah!! Stupid Game!!! Bring GTA V and Watch Dogs already.

suplax
suplax

Yep... killing hundreds of dudes at COD game is ok. But when you put a sex toy as weapon everyone loses their minds ><"

greebe55
greebe55

saints row the third was awesome, and really funny

Reuwsaat
Reuwsaat

Bleszinski made 3 games that are exactly the same, exceedingly over-rated (seriously, I played the 3 in succession and it was 7.5 OK at best), and he pretends to be the messiah of the industry. Dude, get out.

Eric Bennion
Eric Bennion

what age groups are playing this game? I have never heard anyone in the teens complain about it.

Dan Dannunzio
Dan Dannunzio

its in the normal game no dlc needed for it henry

Scarab83
Scarab83

Man, some people just don't understand what Saint's Row is all about.

hector530
hector530

the only good hangover was the first, the rest are shit

turdfurguison
turdfurguison

Poor Bleszinski you should go home and right a game called "The Same Game As All The Others" Yeah it will have ah a guy! Yeah his errr a name is Marcis no ahh mark yeah mark. And he'll fight Loc..err umm Bug guys yes that it! And they'll come from und..er No above the sky? Oh there will be a drill on his gun too.And In the finally Marcis oh no I mean Mark will fly a jet pack to the bug guys hive and talk about their differences. =p

Stefan Ali
Stefan Ali

Why? Is this game not a 18 anyway? or something like that if so why would it even matter...

RoyialNetwork
RoyialNetwork

I dunno, being an adult doesn't actually make you mature. And liking SR doesn't make you immature. I like SR, hope the 4th one has more going for it with content and characters.

Wyckid
Wyckid

Does this moron ever use his brain case before flapping his stupid box?

Drew Wichman
Drew Wichman

I work for a living and when I come home, I want to hit people with dildos. WHat's the problem?

snugglebear
snugglebear

Aw, Cliffy B running his mouth about things that don't concern him again. Any other news you want to try and attach yourself to or did you want to go back to your "secret project."

Holy-Rapture
Holy-Rapture

Never played Saints Row before, but I like this guy, haha. Maybe I'll pick it up when it gets to like $20 :P

sensesfail99
sensesfail99

@Asad Kittaneh Why make game does sucks? Cant brain you statement

Kyere
Kyere

@LesserAngel Proving that once again, Cliffy B. has no idea what he's fucking talking about.

Wyckid
Wyckid

@Reuwsaat No, I think GameSpot just thinks he's the messiah of the industry, since everything he says is apparently "news" to them.

deathblow3
deathblow3

@Stefan Ali the rating it is getting in the land down under means it cannot be sold at all thats why it matters.

UdderJuice
UdderJuice

@Wyckid I love Cilff but I'm not sure why he would suggest that a game should be something other than what it already clearly is.

streamline
streamline

Looks like the problem is that you can only do it in real life now. Hit responsibly.

SweetPandaLove
SweetPandaLove

@snugglebear Well, that said, he's certainly entitled to his opinion, but it is just that, an opinion.  It's definitely not worthy of "news".

deathblow3
deathblow3

@Holy-Rapture you have 3 options personally i like 2 the best then 1 then 3 you can get 2 and 1 for under 20 and have the best experience.

IndigoDarkwolf
IndigoDarkwolf

@Holy-Rapture $20? Dude, buy Saints Row the Third with all the DLC for $5 on the Humble Bundle. You'll thank yourself later.

https://www.humblebundle.com/

(Full disclosure: I work for Volition. But seriously, that's a great deal.)

snugglebear
snugglebear

@SweetPandaLove @snugglebear You're absolutely right. I don't have a bee in my bonnet over him having his say so much as the fact that every odd bit of news, lately, has a "And Cliffy B thinks _____ about this" attached to it.