Launched on PC and consoles at the end of last August, Saints Row met with a rather mixed success with the press and the public for various and varied reasons. A warm welcome that Lars Wingefors had obviously not anticipated. During an exchange with investors relayed yesterday by Stephen Totilo on Twitterthe boss of Embracer Group, a Swedish company owning Deep Silver through Plaion (formerly Koch Media), said he had “hoped for a better reception of the game” at its output.
A profitable investment in the long term?
QUOTE: Embracer CEO Lars Wingefors talking today to investors about new Saints Row. He was bullish on it pre-release.
Doesn’t sound thrilled, but believes game will make money
“Personally I had hoped for a greater reception of the game. It’s been a very polarized view…
—Stephen Totilo (@stephentotilo) September 21, 2022
Also according to the Axios journalist’s thread, Lars Wingefors still believes in the profitability of production, despite a new vision of the license which has clearly divided the public: “There are a lot of things that could be said about that. I’m happy to see a lot of happy players and fans. At the same time, I’m also a bit sad to see unhappy fans. It’s difficult. I think we have to wait for the November quarterly report to have more details. »
He also adds that he is “convinced that we (Embracer Group) will make money on the investment. Will it have as good a return on investment as we have had with many other games? It’s unlikely but we’re going to make money and that’s the main thing.” while admitting to being aware that this reboot would be “one of the most difficult projects” of the company to have a high return on investment.
In addition to announcing that the title will continue to receive patches and content updates soon, Lars Wingefors took the opportunity to speak about the impact of the “success” of the production on the future of the deductible:
“Obviously you always want every new episode of any IP to be better than the last one but, what you really have to do is…assess your position, the outcome…and there are hundreds of people involved in this game in the group. I still have great faith in these people and I’m sure they will recommend things for the future (of the series). »
It would therefore seem that the saga is not yet destined to be shelved, even if it will probably be necessary to wait a while before knowing the direction it will take in the years to come. In the meantime, remember that Saints Row is available on PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S.