Archive for January, 2013

Koch Media and Volition speak out

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

Both Koch Media and Volition had some extremely positive things to say about the future of the Saints Row franchise and the studio itself. Dan Cermak, Volition’s General Manager was quoted as saying that “[Koch Media] love Saints Row and the idea behind it,” and that “over-the-top game play is integral to their success.” He also stated that all Volition employees have been retained, and that they will continue to develop Saints Row 4.

Geoff Mulligan, COO of Deep Silver (Koch Media’s publishing arm) was quoted saying “Saints Row and Metro hold a special place in the hearts and minds of anyone who loves exceptional video games.” Koch Media’s CEO Klemens Kundratitz also called Saints Row “magnificent.” He went on to state that he was proud to welcome “the visionaries and talented forces at Volition.”

Another great piece of news from the article is that there is no longer any pressure on Volition regarding quarterly earning projections since Koch Media is a private company; unlike THQ which had publicly traded stock.

The bottom line is that Volition now gets a home for all their talent with a company that loves their work and is going to support them fully while also taking off all the pressure they were under so they can make the best Saints Row game they possibly can.

The future of Volition IP

Friday, January 25th, 2013

We now have the final word regarding the THQ auction. The only franchise going along with Volition to Koch Media is Saints Row. Volition’s other franchises like Red Faction, Summoner, and Freespace are being sold separately as Legacy IP at a later date along with the other THQ studios/franchises that didn’t get bids like Vigil/Darksiders. From developer tweets it looks like Volition will continue to operate in Champaign, IL and that Koch Media is extremely supportive and will be taking a hands off approach and letting the studio do what it does best.

As much as I enjoyed Saints Row: The Third, it took a lot of steps backwards from Saints Row 2 in regards to customization, story telling, city design, and also lacking basic mechanics like a missing day/night cycle, and mission replay. Volition developers have confirmed that these cut corners were mostly a symptom of an overly aggressive schedule and lack of manpower due to THQ financial troubles.

The fact that SRTT was such a successful and fantastic game despite these problems and obstacles is truly a testament to the incredibly talented people who worked on it. I am cautiously optimistic that Volition will now have the necessary time and resources with Koch Media to make Saints Row 4 a true classic, despite my previous reservations regarding Deep Silver.

 

Volition’s new owner

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

Koch Media had the highest bid on Volition, and presumably the Saints Row IP along with it (though it’s not specifically mentioned.) You may know them better by their game publishing arm named Deep Silver who has been responsible for titles like Dead Island, Sacred 2, and Risen. Deep Silver are also responsible for some of the most backwards terrible unapologetic misogyny in the industry with the Dead Island torso statue situation. I really don’t see how I can feel good about supporting anything that they have their hands in no matter how much I love the series.

190 New SRTT Tats!

Monday, January 21st, 2013

JediDave has finally released his new character customization mod featuring 190 replacement tattoos! He’s looking for feedback, so make sure to let him know what you think!

JediDave’s All New Character Customization Mod

New SRTT Tattoos

Sunday, January 13th, 2013

JediDave just posted a sneak peek at some of the new tats he’s working on. The character sleeves look pretty awesome.

What Should Happen to THQ’s Franchises

Saturday, January 12th, 2013

Destructoid’s Casual Friday roundtable discusses some potentially good homes for THQ’s franchises now that the Jan 22 auction date has been set. Saints Row gets the most love (naturally,) and it was awesome to see some props for the criminally underrated and charmingly ludicrous 50 Cent’s Blood on the Sand.

THQ to be auctioned off piecemeal

Monday, January 7th, 2013

A judge has ruled that the THQ sale to Clearwater is not legal, and other companies should have the ability to purchase them. An auction has been announced for January 22, and studios such as Electronic Arts and Warner Brothers will be bidding. The potentially bad news is that all of THQ’s assets are up for bidding individually, so it’s possible that the Saints Row franchise could be sold to one company, while Volition is sold to another.