Fans of Saints Row and even Red Faction were no doubt dismayed by yesterday’s sudden news of Volition Games’ closure. The company has been in the business for thirty years, creating a variety of interesting games – from the 6DOF first-person shooter with the spaceship Descent to the space combat simulator FreeSpace 2, not to mention two RPGs from the Summoner franchise. However, Saints Row and Red Faction were by far the studio’s most successful and popular games.
Fans are worried that the demise of Volition could mean the demise of these franchises. However, in an official Twitter response to the announcement, Deep Silver (now a division of Plaion) stated that both franchises would “live on” through Plaion.
Our thoughts go out to all @DSVolition employees, past and present. We are incredibly grateful for their unforgettable work on Saints Row and Red Faction, whose IP will live on in @PLAION.
The most likely scenario at the moment seems to be that Plaion licenses Saints Row and/or Red Faction to a third party developer interested in reviving those games. Embracer Group has a lot of developers, so there’s always a chance that one of the internal studios could take on the job. Again, after all the acquisitions made over the last five years, Embracer still has countless IPs left inactive. In addition, Embracer is now focusing on the biggest ones, most notably The Lord of the Rings (which it acquired for $395 million), to maximize revenue.