The delay to the colorful Saints Row reboot has been confirmed, pushing the game's new release date to Aug. 23, 2022.
The confirmation comes via a blog post from Chief Creative Officer, Jim Boone, posted onto the game's official website. The post reads, "Saints Row will no longer release on the originally announced date of 25th February 2022, instead it will launch worldwide on 23rd August 2022."
"Our priority is to create the best Saints Row game yet and, if we released on the original date, it wouldn’t be up to the standards we’ve set ourselves, and that you’re expecting and deserve. The team just need more time to do our vision justice; we’re doing some fine tuning and there won’t be much change in the game outside of overall quality and polish."
Delays to large games, such as Saints Row, have become commonplace. Many often cite the tumultuous launch of CD Projekt Red's Cyberpunk 2077 as the most recent warning to developers not to rush a project out of the gate. Cyberpunk 2077, arguably one of the most anticipated games of its time, fell short on some of its gameplay promises and suffered extensive pushback over its playability on previous gen consoles. In the wake of Cyberpunk's release, many studios pushed back the releases of their own games, likely to avoid a similar uproar.
Saints Row Reboot Delayed Until August 2022
In the case of Volition's Saints Row, one of the reasons cited by Boone for the delay is the impact of COVID 19 and the disruptions it caused. This has been the case for many studios and, as the pandemic continues, it's understandable why we might still be seeing some delays for months to come.
Boone reassured fans in his post that the delay wouldn't effect the game's core elements: "Rest assured, there will not be any changes to the story or the characters or anything that we’ve lovingly imagined over the last few years and already shared with you."
"As gamers ourselves, we know what it feels like to have something delayed which you’ve been looking forward to; it’s frustrating and you feel disappointed. But we also know that when we finally get Saints Row in your hands, it will have been worth the wait. It’s our absolute priority to get this right."
Delays, while frustrating, are often for the best. Here's hoping that when Saints Row releases in all its glory, we'll be met with a solid and well-crafted product.