Saints Row Dev To Merge With Gearbox Software After 2022 Reboot 'Did Not Meet Expectations'

Saints Row arrived back on the scene in late August, after the franchise spent a few years away from the limelight. Sadly, the series reboot didn't quite live up to player expectations, and the game's reception seems to have led to some big changes at the studio.

In a new financial report from Embracer, the group says that Volition Studios will soon "transition' into Gearbox Software, the team behind the Borderlands series.

"The reception of Saints Row did not meet the full expectations and left the fanbase partially polarized. The game development studio, Volition, has been working hard to improve the player experience."

"Financially, Saints Row has performed in line with management expectations in the quarter. Going forward, Volition will transition to become part of Gearbox which has all the tools, including an experienced management team in the US, to create future success at Volition."

Interestingly, Embracer hints that more merges like this one could occur between some of its other studios. The Swedish company owns quite a few game developers these days, including a bunch of former Square Enix teams.

"This is the first internal group transfer where we transfer a major studio between operative groups, but it is not necessarily the last."

Regardless of this transition, Volition continues to support 2022's Saints Row reboot. The team recently detailed a huge November 2022 update for the game, which has just landed on Xbox.

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