In a press release about THQ Nordic’s Q1 2019 earnings, it was revealed that Volition are currently working on a new Saints Row game, among other little nuggets of news. The report states that Volition are “deep in development of a brand-new Saints Row game”, and this will be a full entry into the series, unlike the spin-off Gat Out Of Hell or the pseudo-sequel Agents of Mayhem. It used the Saints logo and had characters from the series in it, it was a kind of sequel.
The press release also confirmed that THQ Nordic have found a development team for the stuck-in-limbo Dead Island 2, with Dambuster Studios now entrusted with the development of the franchise. Dambuster Studios was set up in 2014 by Deep Silver to take over the development of Homefront: The Revolution after Crytek UK shut down. Developers Fishlabs are also working on a brand new IP for consoles, though THQ Nordic didn’t announce what that would be. Previously, Fishlabs worked on porting Saints Row: The Third to the Switch, along with a few mobile games.
The other big news coming from this press release is that THQ Nordic have hired Steve Ellis, one of the co-creators of the TimeSplitters series, in order to help THQ Nordic “plot the future course for this franchise”, whether that be a remake, remaster or a new game entirely. Deep Silver acquired the rights to TimeSplitters last year, after Deep Silver itself was acquired by THQ Nordic, but it’s been quiet on that front ever since. We wouldn’t be opposed to a Crash/Spyro-esque full trilogy. Just saying.
The report from THQ Nordic mentions that they currently have 81 games in development, with 47 of those still unannounced by the end of the last quarter. With the likes of Destroy All Humans, Darksiders: Genesis, SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom, along with the games covered in today’s release, THQ Nordic are going to be busy for the next few years.