Saints Row developer Volition told fans he "doesn't back down" during the reboot after the ad trailer divided opinions.
The restart was announced at Gamescom this week, saying goodbye to the former Third Street Saints in favor of a quartet of aspiring crime boss gangs. How VGC reports, the trailer has a surprising number of dislikes on various YouTube channels, which often far exceed or match the number of "likes".
A look at the Twitter replies in the game announcement and you will receive many of the same reviews. The Saints Row account decided to respond anxiously to a comment with a GIF "haters gonna hate", before responding more seriously that the studio "does not back down in this game" and that the developers "understand it, it's new and it's a shock reaction to a reboot like no other. "
We do not back down in this game. We get it, it’s new and it’s a shock reaction to a reboot like no other. The gif was supposed to transmit it.August 26, 2021
Most of the claims come from the belief that the reboot doesn’t retain the same “feel” as the older Saints Row games. It makes sense in a way; although the series took a while to find its identity, it became its own thing when Saints Row: The Third came out. But as studio development director Jim Boone told reporters at a glance, these games don't feel as appropriate in today's climate.
"We love them [the old Saints Row games], but we also recognize that these games are a thing of the past," he said. "They made sense within that time and we were able to do things that felt good at the time. But that tone is not something we feel we want to do today."
Personally, I liked the trailer and dare to see what a current Saints Row can bring to the table. I’m never a big fan of CGI trailers that offer no indication of the actual gameplay, so I’ll be happy to see if that still retains the old Saints Row gameplay.
Saints Row launches on February 25, 2022 as the exclusive Epic Games Store.