Yep, THQ news again, but this is slightly more positive than pending litigations. A few weeks ago THQ and Volition announced that they’re well into development of a standalone expansion to Saints Row: The Third. You remember – it was that whole Enter the Dominatrix expansion that originally started life as an April Fool’s gag.
Enter the Dominatrix is still coming, but it’s now called Saints Row 4. Yes, THQ’s new bossman Jason Rubin just announced that the expansion will be, ummm, expanded into a full-on sequel. But why read my words when you can read Mr. Rubin’s instead?
“When I looked at the Enter The Dominatrix expansion in production at Volition, I was blown away by the ideas and desire to expand the fiction of the franchise… I asked the team what it could achieve given more time, more resources, and a broader scope for the project. We all agreed we wanted to play that game. When it comes to Saints Row, it’s clear our fans want bigger, better, and even more over the top, and that’s why Enter The Dominatrix will now be incorporated into a vastly expanded, full-fledged sequel, scheduled for calendar 2013.”
Considering the fact that THQ is aiming to streamline their AAA offerings, minimising the amount of standalones and spin-offs is probably a really good idea. We already knew that a Saints Row sequel was in the works, but now it looks like it’s either taking a very different direction, or it’s becoming a little bigger by incorporating the Enter the Dominatrix content. Either way, it’s better for us as consumers, and less risky for THQ. We win by not having to pay for two separate Saints Row games, and THQ wins because it helps them adhere to their new game-plan.