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