With a title so close to release, there isn’t much they can do to improve it.
Like it or despise it The Saints Row reboot, dubbed “Self Made,” is on the way. The new game takes the series in an unexpected direction, with new characters and aesthetics. Despite the fact that many fans were unhappy by the disclosure, the devs stated that they are “not backing down” and that “haters going to hate.”
Saints Row fans awaited Volition’s reveal of the next game in the franchise during Gamecom’s Opening Night Live with bated breath. They didn’t have to wait long because the show began with the announcement. Many people went away, scratching their heads in bewilderment at what they observed.
Confusion quickly led to wrath as fans attacked the Saints Row: Self Made announcement trailer on YouTube with dislikes. The reveal has 16,000 likes and 22,000 dislikes as of this writing. The video has received a large number of nasty comments.
“Remember, these guys are the same people who made Agents Of Mayhem,” said one viewer referencing Volition’s latest poorly received action-adventure.
Those “Saints” look like the kind of people the real Saints would bully lol, You guys really made this reboot for fortnite audience 😀 pic.twitter.com/25vV7arGga
— Erdem Atıcı (@2paclypsenow) August 25, 2021
Another fan made a similar reference saying, “I was told Saints Row is getting a ‘Reboot,’ this looks less like a reboot and more them trying to merge Saints Row The Third and Agents of Mayhem together.”
Others compared the game to Epic’s Fortnite.
“The only character who see [sic] be a saint is the girl with the glasses, I can easily see her as a corrupts [sic] police detective whos helping the saints… the others, just no… they are Fortnite characters,” said one person in the video’s comments.
Another on Twitter said, “I’m not even making a value judgement [sic] on the art style, beyond that it feels like they’re trying way too hard to appeal to the Fortnite audience.”
Assuming the number of likes the trailer received were all SR fans (yes, it’s a stretch), then it would seem that the direction Volition took with the Saints Row reboot ticked off a little over half its fanbase. The studio responded to the blowback by doubling down.
If anything I’m not a hater, I’ve been defending you guys since people called you a “GTA Clone” which wasn’t true at all. Now I feel like I wasted my time defending you guys. As the boss once said “The Saints use to mean somethin, only mf that seem to rememba that is me and Gat”
— Gavinator6429 (@gavinator6429) August 26, 2021
“We are not backing down on this game,” Volition replied to a disgruntled fan on its official Saints Row Twitter feed. “We get it, it’s new and it’s a shock reaction to a reboot like no other.”
Of course, with the game due out in less than six months, it’s not likely that any amount of negative feedback will change the game’s development course. The developers are proud of what they have created and point out that they won two Gamescom awards—Best Announcement and Best Trailer.
Some fans are also excited about the new direction the game is taking.
“I feel so bad at some of the reception I’m seeing from fans,” tweeted one fan. “I appreciate that we’re getting anything at all and maybe that makes me someone that’s happy to get a ‘crumb’ but I dunno—this title makes my heart happy already and I’ve seen 5 seconds of gameplay.”
From what we have seen so far, it’s evident that the reboot is not everyone’s cup of tea. It will be interesting to see if the release is well received or falls down the same hole as Agents of Mayhem.