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Saints Row for PS3 cancelled

Saints Row for PS3 cancelled

THQ announced that the PS3 version of Saints Row has been cancelled due to lack of PS3 sales.

THQ sent out a press release today, announcing that the PlayStation 3 version of Saints Row, the free roaming GTA-alike developed by Volition, has been cancelled. Although the game was confirmed for a spring release earlier for this year, meaning the game must have been close to completion, it seems the publisher has had a change of heart.

The sequel, Saints Row 2, is still planned for a multi-platform release at some point next year and THQ has confirmed that that title will launch on both Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 despite the cancellation of the first game.

Rumours abound about why the port has been scrapped when it must have been close to going gold, but THQ CEO Brian Ferrel reportedly gave the following reasons to analysts:

"We think the most important thing for the Saints Row franchise is to have a simultaneous ship into a larger installed base next year. We think the bigger opportunity is a multiplatform launch."

"Larger installed base next year"? It sounds like he's essentially saying that the PS3 hasn't sold enough units for it to bother shipping a title for it yet. Ouch, that's got to smart Sony.

Will the lack of Saints Row on the PlayStation 3 in the short term have a negative effect on the PS3's sales, or is the console good enough that it never needed the Saints Row franchise anyway? Make your minds up and let us know what you think in the forums.

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sandys 11th May 2007, 14:43 Quote
perhaps its to give them time to fix the bugs
Veles 11th May 2007, 15:19 Quote
Never had any problems with bugs in saint's row, don't really making a big effect on the outcome of the PS3. Although it could do with having a decent game on there.
devdevil85 11th May 2007, 16:38 Quote
One word: GTA IV

Duuuuuhhhhhh!
themax 11th May 2007, 17:55 Quote
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Originally Posted by devdevil85
One word: GTA IV

Duuuuuhhhhhh!

Exactly. People around other forums, especially the notorious Gamefaqs make it out to be some sort of doomsday announcement because the PS3 doesn't have enough of a usebase. With GTA IV lurking around the corner, the Saint's Row team is simply cutting their losses and pushing ahead with Saint's Row 2, instead of pushing out a port, which will inevitably be overshadowed by the big time franchise of Sand Box titles. It's a smart move, and I'm glad. Besides the Multiplayer online was a lag fest majority of the time, and there was a bad glitch early on that allowed people to wear some of the more expensive items for free; it has since been patched though.
CardJoe 11th May 2007, 18:15 Quote
Next on bit-tech: GTA IV cancelled on PS3?

Probably not.
Faulk_Wulf 11th May 2007, 18:15 Quote
Well the thing is, XBOX got GTA:VC and SA. So I'm pretty sure it will get GTA:4. Sure, it might take until the game hits the PC market, but still. I'm pretty confident that it will come out.

This is just another blow to the PS3. Which is sad, because I still love my PS2 dearly.

(*Play "Queen's - Another One Bites The Dust" Here*)
Hugo 11th May 2007, 18:27 Quote
Well speaking as a PS3 owner, I'm GLAD that sham of a game isn't coming to my beloved console.
Tyinsar 11th May 2007, 18:45 Quote
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Originally Posted by Article
or is the console good enough that it never needed the Saints Row franchise anyway?
what Archangel said (though I don't own a PS_ / Xbox___ / Nintedo___)

If I bought a PS3 it would be for a Linux box / Bluray player / console - in that order.
devdevil85 11th May 2007, 18:50 Quote
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Originally Posted by CardJoe
Next on bit-tech: GTA IV cancelled on PS3?

Probably not.
..................................................................................... :|

More like 100% not.
capnPedro 11th May 2007, 21:21 Quote
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Originally Posted by Faulk_Wulf
Well the thing is, XBOX got GTA:VC and SA. So I'm pretty sure it will get GTA:4. Sure, it might take until the game hits the PC market, but still. I'm pretty confident that it will come out.
Doesn't bother me. The PC version of SA sucked out loud; controls were bad. Many explosions at once/fires dragged even high end rigs to their knees. It felt like an unfinished port to me.

(Xbox version was good, though)
HourBeforeDawn 12th May 2007, 06:34 Quote
ehh no loss to me Im tired of all these thug games
Neogumbercules 12th May 2007, 07:34 Quote
Oh no, I won't be able to buy a cheap, hack-job rip-off of GTA for PS3?



*Darth Vader*


NOOOOOoOOOoOOOOOOOOOOOOoOOOOO
rollo 27th January 2009, 14:11 Quote
wasnt a great game on the 360

would not of been a great game for ps3

so who cares
Gremlin 27th January 2009, 16:41 Quote
thats bull, too many people try and compare it with GTA and thats their problem its not GTA its more light hearted and hasnt lost its humour , its one of my 2 favourite games of the modern era even with the bugs its just fun and doesnt take itself seriously , its like an 80's action movie you can play :P
itazura 27th January 2009, 16:46 Quote
shame. it was an enjoyable game, even though it was nothing more than a less serious gta clone.
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