New Saints Row And Dead Island 2 Are Not Planned Until After March 2021
In their latest financial report, Embracer Group has suggested that they have no AAA games arriving this financial year--so don't expect a new Saints Row in 2020.
Embracer Group, the parent company that owns the rights to franchises such as Dead Island, Saints Row, Darksiders, and Timesplitters, has announced their financial records for the 2019-2020 financial year, alongside a few tidbits of information about what to expect in the future. The studios working under the company have 118 titles in development, 69 of which have not been announced yet--and some of the most anticipated titles will not release until after March 2021.
"Looking into the next financial year ending March 31 2022, we expect continued organic growth driven by further increase in the value of completed games including the first AAA games releases since Metro Exodus," the report reads. "From this year on we expect to have AAA releases every year."
This likely means that the new Saints Row in development will not launch until after this date. Dead Island 2 is also unlikely, despite having been in development (across multiple studios) since at least 2014--as a new open-world title, it's likely to be considered AAA. The zombie sequel is currently in the works at Dambuster Studios (Homefront: The Revolution).
This also suggests that several of the titles the company plans on releasing this year are not internally considered AAA, including Biomutant, WWE 2K Battlegrounds (which is one of 93 games currently in development under Take-Two), and the Destroy All Humans remake. Embracer Group also owns Koch Media and THQ Nordic--each of which has its own subsidiaries--as well as Saber Interactive as of February 2020.
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