By Alexandra Burlacu | Mar 24, 2013 11:07 AM EDT
Saints Row 4 is set to launch three weeks before Rockstar unleashes its GTA 5 title on Sept. 17, but Volition is not very concerned.
While many might expect the Grand Theft Auto (GTA) 5 title to swallow up the new Saints Row installment, Volition is confident that the GTA series no longer poses such a threat to Saints Row as it once did. Volition's team worked hard to differentiate Saints Row frim Rockstar's title, and GTA 5 reportedly doesn't pose much of a threat now.
"It's a hell of a game," Saints Row 4's senior producer Jim Boone tells VideoGamer while discussing the proximity of GTA 5's upcoming launch. "I think it's a threat to everyone in the sense that it's such a dominant game, and it's obviously going to sell what it's going to sell. [But] I think...where we feel a little more comfortable about it being in proximity is the fact that we're such a different game now."
According to Boone, the Saints Row series evolved extensively in the years since its initial release, and Volition managed to distinguish it from GTA. Now, comparing Saints Row with GTA would be like comparing Call of Duty with Dead Space, explains Boone.
Boone further reckons that if Saints Row 4 maintained the same style as the first installment in the series, which was quite similar of GTA in terms of style and content, the launch of GTA 5 would indeed pose a great threat. As Saints Row is such a different game now compared to GTA, the proximity between the two games' launch dates is no longer a cause for concern.
"Early on there was GTA and practically nothing else; Saints Row was one of the very first ones to come out in addition to that. And now I think there's enough different styles within the genre that it's maybe not as threatening any more," Boone further explains.
On the other hand, Saints Row 4's senior producer seems quite aware of the fact that GTA will likely dominate the market when it releases GTA 5. While Rockstar's will unleash its GTA 5 on Sept. 17, Saints Row 4 launches on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC on Aug. 23. It's a three-week head start on GTA 5, but will it be enough?
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