The recent Saints Row
reboot from Volition was met with a decidedly mixed response, with our own review
stating that it was "a disappointment, especially if you’re a fan of the series". That said, the game is getting a major patch this month
that will address a number of issues - and improve things like the notoriety system.
Oh, and parent company Embracer Group has announced that Volition is set to transition to become a part of Gearbox. "The reception of Saints Row did not meet full expectations and left the fanbase partially polarized," Embracer CEO Lars Wingefors said as part of a recent financial report. "The game development studio, Volition, has been working hard to improve the player experience."
Adding, "Going forward, Volition will transition to become part of Gearbox which has all the tools, including an experienced management team in the US, to create future success at Volition. This is the first internal group transfer where we transfer a major studio between operative groups, but it is not necessarily the last."
This is a somewhat confusing and vague statement, though we assume it means that Gearbox will take leadership of the team at Volition as opposed to the studio being a subsidiary of Plaion (formerly Koch Media).