Saints Row IV passes 1 million sales

Volition's open-world game goes platinum during first week at retail; PC version triples initial sales figures of Saints Row: The Third.

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Saints Row IV sold more than 1 million units during its first week on sale, publisher Deep Silver announced today. Sales of this level make the game a "smashing commercial success," according to the company.

Deep Silver said the PC version of Saints Row IV was a top performer, selling three times the number of units compared to early sales of Saints Row: The Third on PC.

"We are incredibly happy of the reception for Saints Row IV as a critical and now a commercial success," said Deep Silver parent company Koch Media CEO Klemens Kundratitz. "The development team at Volition is second-to-none as a driving creative force in the entertainment industry and we are very proud to have them as part of the Deep Silver family."

Koch Media purchased developer Volition and the Saints Row franchise during THQ's bankruptcy auction in January for $22.3 million.

Saints Row: The Third's canceled expansion--Enter the Dominatrix--will be the first downloadable content for Saints Row IV, arriving later this fall. For more on Saints Row IV, check out GameSpot's review.

Discussion

359 comments
King_Jeremy_77
King_Jeremy_77

Saints Row IV is a ton of fun! It's wacky and it doesn't take itself seriously.  Too many games today are way too serious, glad that Volition is around to keep bringing us games that are just crazy and fun.

SpinDie25
SpinDie25

Saints row 4 should have just been a cheat mode called "retro mode" that you could have enabled in your cell phone in saints row 3.. Not its own $60 title

MN121MN
MN121MN

"Deep Silver said the PC version of Saints Row IV was a top performer, selling three times the number of units compared to early sales of Saints Row: The Third on PC."

 And they said it's not a good strategy selling in PC.

Tzardok
Tzardok

I really enjoy this series, I have played since the last one, Saint's Row the Third. I had always avoided the previous saints row games as I saw them as mere clones or attempts to challenge GTA. I tried playing Saints Row 2 recently but didn't like it as much, probably more to do with it's aging than anything else, I am pretty sure they were good at their time.

I like Saints Row as it is now however, because it is the only that provides this particular wacky experience. I like how it does not take itself seriously, and the toys/powers you are given really adds to the fun. I hope they continue this storyline where it left off, I am really excited to see where it goes.

However, maybe long time fans of the Saints might be disappointed because it was originally a street gang game and I can admit it is hardly recognizable to it based on a short Saints Row 2 experience.

Bowskill247
Bowskill247

Anyone comparing this to GTA V obviously never played this.This game should be compared to Prototype! This game is surprisingly good though if slightly underrated it's considerably more than the third with DLC it feels like a brand new game.

DesertEaglex24
DesertEaglex24

This just goes to show you. When a developer stamps a franchise name on a lazy half assed game. Idiots will still buy it solely on of the name recognition. All this does is encourage developers/publishers to push out more half assed games in future.

wgerardi
wgerardi

Trying this game at the moment. It is really awful, but kind of fun. I do feel incredibly guilty, like I'm wasting my life every time I play though. I feel 50/50 on being compelled to play it and uninstall.

LJNkickstarter
LJNkickstarter

Wow! Congratulations! Deep silver Hope i can run this game on my office p.c Or ill just get the ps3 ver. To avoid wasting money

Rick Hanson
Rick Hanson

more of an indicator of how little there is coming out right now than anything else.

udubdawgz
udubdawgz

i've read and seen nothing but great stuff from this game.

will definitely buy it down the road...

in the meantime hopefully you guys will start putting out some reader reviews.

Mel Mullins
Mel Mullins

Dead Island is the worst game I've purchased in recent history.

stanknuggetz12
stanknuggetz12

Wasn't really feeling this game at first but I have to admit after putting in a few hours and getting upgraded it s actually a lot of fun. Insane amount of character customization like usual and very humorous in an outrageous way. It's really unlike any of the games before it in the actual feel of the game being more super hero than street thug.

Obviously wont hold a candle to GTA v's greatness but very fun place holder in the mean time.

noandno
noandno

"Deep Silver said the PC version of Saints Row IV was a top performer"

PC MASTER RACE FTW

The_Gaming_Baby
The_Gaming_Baby

Finished the Saints of Rage mission last night. Was so much fun

Ehtiar
Ehtiar

Now if only they'd get the goddamn physical copy of the pc version in the UK, I'd buy a copy.

Darren Russell
Darren Russell

Completely different games. It's liek comparing Borderlands and Battlefield.

obriam
obriam

Good to know, but i really hope they put the franchise in the freezer for a while!

Monsterkillah
Monsterkillah

Never really enjoyed SR 

too ridiculous and annoying for me

im sticking with GTA V

Daniel French
Daniel French

They are the same genre thats why I can compare them

darthturkey
darthturkey

good for america, euro, and new zealand for having the uncensored version and for having it on time, as for australia we have to wait till september the 12th to get it due to our wuss edited version

xyks2012
xyks2012

Its the first SR title I got and its really a  veryfun game. It doesnt strive for greatnesss, but it is very well designed, the humour is stupid, but written in an intelligent way, all the parody of video game milestones are very well made and the activities to play around with your super powers are nicely designed,too. Its a a very very solid fun game, deserves the successs...

Matthew Ball
Matthew Ball

Happily obliged Deep Silver and Volition (despite that the game is supposed to be glitchy and buggy on purpose.)

AlexFili
AlexFili

This is why we need PC ports of 360 and PS3 games

roman4545
roman4545

would it be there GOTY \ Complete \ Full Package edition in the future since it has a great success ?

Bloedstorm NL
Bloedstorm NL

How can you compare the two stupid mongoloid xD

wexorian
wexorian

It's strange to see where SR franchise gone but 4th game is quite Good game, Total fun.

cornbredx
cornbredx

Sounds like they made back their investment on purchasing Volition and whatever was spent finalizing the game.

Good to hear.

I will check this out eventually. I still haven't finished SR3 yet haha

Diablo-B
Diablo-B

@Tzardok What make SR great is that there is nothing tedious about it, its all fun from start to end. The only criticism I have for the series is that SR3's dialogue was weak. One to many sex jokes.

noandno
noandno

@Monsterkillah Unless if you have the Iron Man mod on your GTAIV, this game is totally different

obriam
obriam

@Monsterkillah You should play this one, it's really fun! And dont compare SR with GTA, they are two very different games!

Egils3270
Egils3270

@darthturkey If u want ''real'' version so bad, download it form ''piracy'' websites. I wont recommend but, your government is forcing you to do it.

PereM03s
PereM03s

@AlexFili  No, they just need to make the games for pc first, then port it to consoles

TitanPolaris
TitanPolaris

@Diablo-B @Tzardok To me the game is like South Park.It's stupid fun and doesn't take itself very seriously like GTA V or Prototype.

Suibot
Suibot

@obriam @Monsterkillah What game does SR IV most closely resemble??   Is it more 'Destroy All Humans' than GTA... or is it something completely different??  My only personal experience with the SR series is the first entry which I thought was a shallow (get visually appealing) GTA clone -- very 'meh'

thegroveman
thegroveman

@PereM03s @AlexFili They make games where they sell the best and then port to the rest.  Even though PC sales are "three times better than for SR3" I wouldn't be surprised if the Xbox 360 alone sold 3-4 times as many copies as the PC version.  I know there's this "PC master race" superiority complex going on now, but PC gaming wouldn't exist as it does today if not for consoles providing most of the revenue for any particular game.

Suibot
Suibot

@Poodlejumper @Suibot  aaaand I get everything you're saying.  however, I'm still interesting in how the gameplay of SR IV is compared to the very first SR-- is it still GTA style, or is it something else (Destroy All Humans??).  Is there more emphasis on action, like a KoA:R??  Are the controls solid?? etc.

I've never payed much attention to this series because the first one was (IMO) was such a lackluster game.  Seeing articles like these stating the game is selling well must indicate there is more to the game that I initial thought.

I'll have to dig up some of the past reviews / videos to make the comparison myself, but any constructive feedback from someone that's played this series (pertaining to gameplay) is always welcome.


Poodlejumper
Poodlejumper

@Suibot aaaand that's your problem.  The first one was ADMITTEDLY a total GTA clone.

They even poke fun at the cloning in this one.

SR2 started to play like you were in a world that was slowly losing its damn mind.  SR3 got preposterous and beyond ridiculous: it had a level where involving riding dressed as a gimp with a pimp all so you can fight an evil out of control agency ala Shield from the Avengers.

SR4 makes fun of EVERYTHING.  EVERYTHING from Metal Gear Solid to the Matrix to GTA itself.  All in light-hearted humor.

..and an evil space emperor totally ruins Biz Markee's "Just a friend".  It's really very upsetting.