THQ and Volition today revealed their plans for another entry into the Saints Row series. With a working title of "The Next Great Sequel in the Saints Row Franchise," the new game is expected sometime in 2013.
The game is to be an expanded version of the proposed standalone expansion Saints Row: The Third - Enter the Dominatrix. The planned summer release of the standalone content has been cancelled, its contents now set to define the next entry in the franchise.
Jason Rubin, THQ's president, explained how the project came about: "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."
Rubin then added; "We believe the potential for this sequel is far greater as a full-priced, full-length, high quality, connected experience."
Announced last month, former-THQ VP Danny Bilson described what we could expect from Enter the Dominatrix: "Faster than a speeding cyber jetbike, more powerful than a roided-out Luchadore, able to leap flying aircraft carriers in a single bound... That's the power you'll find inside the Dominatrix. Use it for good. Use it for evil. Use it for whatever you want. As always in Saints Row, it's up to you."
THQ obviously think they've got a hit on their hands, and so now we will have to wait until next year before "The Next Great Sequel in the Saints Row Franchise" has a chance show off its new powers.