Saints Row CEO Sounds Disappointed About New Reboot’s Sales

The Boss from the new Saints Row reboot stands in front of a colorful explosion.

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While digital and bodily gross sales of the Saints Row reboot hit a robust second place in each American and European markets, the open-world crime sim was denied first place by Madden NFL 23 and Grand Theft Auto V, respectively. While second place is not unhealthy, the Saints Row reboot has truly been a little bit of a flop, at the very least so far as Embracer CEO Lars Wingefors is anxious.

As reported by GamesIndustry.biz7.7 million video games offered in tracked European territories through the month of August, and 2013’s Grand Theft Auto V lead the pack. Saints Row got here in at second, sandwiched between Rockstar’s god-tier mega hit and FIFA 22. And within the States, Video Game Chronicle has the NPD stats, exhibiting the crime reboot shedding out to Madden NFL 23. Quite a duo: Madden NFL 23 had disastrous evaluationsand GTA V got here out (exhales) 9 years in the past.

To be honest, Saints Row did not launch till August 23, whereas GTA V was in fact obtainable throughout all the month. (Madden got here out on August 19.) But Embracer CEO Lars Wingefors appears fairly down on his efficiency, too. Axios‘ Stephen Totilo stories that in an investor name in the present day, Wingefors described the crime-sim reboot as “one of many more durable ones” for the corporate to see a return on. He’s hoping to see a “larger reception” on the sport and that, whereas it actually gained over some gamers, many others have not been satisfied.

It wasn’t all gloom and doom, nonetheless. Wingefors careworn that the corporate must “wait till the quarterly report in November to have extra particulars.” Responding to inquiries about the way forward for the franchise, Wingefors highlighted his belief in these engaged on the sport and mentioned that any potential choices are unsure for now.

2022’s Saints Rowa reboot of the long-running open-world crime sequence, has been preventing an uphill battle since its considerably polarizing reveal final yr. Although the sequence has all the time performed second fiddle to the GTA titan, its reappearance hasn’t been terribly effectively obtained by critics and followers alikealthough Kotaku‘s Zack Zwiezen discovered it a fun-enough time.

It’s one factor to ponder what a contemporary Saints Row would wish to seem like and obtain as a way to be as well-liked with avid gamers because it as soon as was; it is one other to think about how something at this level might unseat one thing that is still remarkably well-liked Grand Theft Auto V. Aside, that’s, from its recently-leaked-to-all-hell sequel.

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