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Saints Row Reboot has apparently sold 1.7 million units

Volition’s Community and Social Media Manager, Tyrin Stevenson, has shared some sales figures for Saints Row. According to Stevenson, the 2022 reboot of Saints Row has sold 1.7 million units, and attracted 1 million players on all platforms.

Now some of you may be wondering how these numbers are possible. Surely the sales should be higher than the amount of people that have played it, right? Well, I don’t have an answer to this. Perhaps there are people that have bought the game but never played it? Or perhaps the sales numbers include the free units that Epic Games offered in December 2023?

Anyway, since this info comes straight from Volition’s former community media manager, we won’t question it. Still, it sounds bizarre.

For comparison purposes, the first Saints Row game sold 2 million. Then, its sequel, Saints Row 2 sold 3.4 million. Saints Row The Third was also a big hit as it sold 5.5 million. And while we don’t have any sales numbers for Saints Row 4, we do know that it sold 1 million copies in its first week.

Saints Row Remake was a game that nobody wanted. Instead of building on what Volition has created with the previous Saints Row games, the team decided to remake the franchise for modern audiences. Not only that but the game was released with numerous bugs and performance issues. In fact, Saints Row was one of the worst-optimized PC games of 2022. So, no wonder this game killed Volition.

To its credit, Volition released three massive updates for Saints Row that addressed a lot of its issues. In total, these three patches packed over 400 bug fixes and improvements. So, compared to its launch version, the game is currently in a better state.

And that is that. Let’s at least hope that publishers and developers will learn from such failures. But hey, who am I kidding here? We got Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League and Redfall right after Saints Row. And although I don’t want to be pessimistic, I don’t expect things to be improved anytime soon. Not when publishers are closing studios that were able to provide fun games such as Tango Gameworks.