Embracer boss hoped for ‘better reception’ for Saints Row after game buggy released
Embracer co-founder Lars Wingefors spoke to investors about the Saints Row release, admitting he had hoped the game would have received “better reception”.
Wingefors, whose company owns Saints Row developer Volition, admitted that views on the reboot of the series had been “polarized” after it came out with bugs – in Eurogamer’s Saints Row review, Vikki Blake noted that his “Unto the Breach” mission was unplayable for her.
“There are a lot of things that could be said and details about it. I’m happy to see a lot of happy players and fans. At the same time, I’m a bit sad to see equally unhappy fans,” said Lars. investors (via Axios Stephane Totilo).
Wingefors said a variety of fixes and new content for Saints Row will be released, and noted that they should still help Embracer turn a profit. This will no doubt be good news for the company, which saw its shares drop around 7% after the game’s release.
“I am convinced that we will make money on the investment. [been] as good ROI as we’ve seen in many other games? Unlikely, but we’ll make some money and that’s a good place to start,” he said, before declaring that this project had been “one of the toughest” in Embracer’s growing catalog. .
Asked about the impact of this release on future Saints Row games, Wingefors said, “Obviously you always want every installment of any IP to be superior to the last, but what you do is. .. evaluate your position, the result. .. and there [are] hundreds of people engaged in this game in the group… I still have great faith in these people, and I’m sure they will recommend things for the future.”
QUOTE: Embracer CEO Lars Wingefors talks to investors about the new Saints Row today. He was optimistic about it before the release.
Doesn’t look thrilled, but thinks the game will make money
“Personally, I had hoped for a better reception of the game. It was a very polarized view…
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Eurogamer’s review noted that Saints Row “won’t set the world on fire” but there was still “hard-hitting gameplay here with some pleasant surprises”.