The Saints Row series reboot has been delayed from its previously announced February 2022 launch to a new release date on 23rd August 2022. The game will still be coming to PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, Xbox One and PC.
Saints Row is the first casualty from an extremely packed month of game launches in February 2022, as a seemingly endless stream of games were delayed from 2021 and pushed back to that month. Still on the cards are Horizon Forbidden West, Elden Ring, Sifu, Destiny 2: The Witch Queen, Total War: Warhammer III and Dying Light 2, all of which have delayed at one point or another, and given the struggles developers are facing, it’s pretty likely that some of these games are going to be pushed back further.
In a statement, Volition studio head Jim Boone said:
Saints Row will no longer release on the originally announced date of 25th February 2022, instead it will launch worldwide on 23rd August 2022.
Our priority is to create the best Saints Row game yet and, if we released on the original date, it wouldn’t be up to the standards we’ve set ourselves, and that you’re expecting and deserve. The team just need more time to do our vision justice; we’re doing some fine tuning and there won’t be much change in the game outside of overall quality and polish.
In all honesty, we underestimated the impact COVID would have on our schedule, although everyone adapted very quickly to the working from home arrangement and continued to be incredibly productive.
However, due to the size and scope of our new Saints Row, it’s become apparent that to create the best game possible, we need to give our team longer to perfect their craft.
As mentioned when we announced Saints Row in August, this will be the biggest and best Saints Row game ever and, in order to achieve our goal, we’ve settled upon a generous, yet essential amount of time to realise our ambitions.
Rest assured, there will not be any changes to the story or the characters or anything that we’ve lovingly imagined over the last few years and already shared with you.
Over the past two years, all corners of the entertainment industry have been affected/impacted in one way or another. As gamers ourselves, we know what it feels like to have something delayed which you’ve been looking forward to; it’s frustrating and you feel disappointed. But we also know that when we finally get Saints Row in your hands, it will have been worth the wait. It’s our absolute priority to get this right.
Keep it strange,
The new entry in the series will effectively wipe the slate clean from all of the game that have come before. Saints Row will take us to the completely new fictional city of Santo Ileso, a diverse and varied metropolis down in the American South West. There’s Route 66 nearby, there’s Monument Valley, and the city itself ranges from decrepit industrial regions though to a financial district and the playground of the rich and famous. Three rival gangs rule over all of this, but it’s about to become four, as you found the Saints.
Source: Saints Row