In context: Like it or hate it the Saints Row reboot subtitled “Self Made” is coming. The new game takes the series in a new direction with unfamiliar characters and visuals. Even though many fans were disappointed with the reveal, the developers said, they are “not backing down,” and “haters gonna hate.”
Saints Row fans eagerly awaited Volition’s reveal of the next game in the franchise during the Gamecom’s Opening Night Live. They didn’t have long to wait as the show opened with the announcement. Many walked away, scratching their heads in confusion at what they saw.
Confusion soon turned to outrage as fans bombed the announce trailer for Saints Row: Self Made with dislikes on YouTube. As of this writing, the reveal sits at 16,000 likes and 22,000 dislikes. The majority of the comments on the video are negative.
“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 :D 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.
We are not backing down on this game. We get it, it’s new and it’s a shock reaction to a reboot like no other. The gif was supposed to convey that.
— Saints Row (@SaintsRow) 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.