Enter the Dominatrix Pulls Out of Saints Row: The Third

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Enter the Dominatrix Pulls Out of Saints Row: The Third

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The cancellation of an expansion may leave players unsatisfied until Saints Row 4.

Saints Row has already gone from crime drama satire to absolute lunacy, so no one battled an eyelash when developer Volition announced that the 3rd Street Saints would be acquiring superpowers to do battle with aliens in an upcoming expansion. Unfortunately, those hoping to play Enter the Dominatrix by itself are out of luck. The good news is that the content will show up in 2013 as a part of Saints Row 4, but the bad news is, well, that the content will show up in 2013 as part of Saints Row 4.

Jason Rubin, the new president of THQ, was generally pleased with Saints Row: The Third (especially considering that it's one of the few properties keeping the ailing company afloat), but believed that the series could reach a Red Dead Redemption or Skyrim level of quality. Rubin suggested that Saints Row 4 would present "a full-priced, full-length, high quality, connected experience," and wanted the Enter the Dominatrix content to be part of that package. According to the president, Volition has big plans for the content, and he would rather see it fully fleshed out and part of a larger experience than relegated to a one-shot, standalone expansion.

Before denouncing it, keep in mind that this move actually involves considerable risk on Rubin's part. Analysts estimate that Enter The Dominatrix's delay will cost THQ $20 million during the 2013 fiscal year, so the company is betting a lot on Saints Row 4 meeting Rubin's lofty expectations for both quality and resultant sales. From a consumer perspective, swapping a $30 expansion for a $60 game may seem like a bum deal, but if Saints Row 4 is as impressive as Rubin promises, the extra $30 will cover a ton of new, worthwhile content. Since the alien superhero brawl has been delayed, the Saints will have to content themselves fighting gang members with conventional weaponry in the meantime.

Source: GameSpot

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Fuck me sideways. I was really looking forward to this. It would've been fun running around in tight leather beating up computer programs with a giant penis-bat.

Ah well. Here's hoping things work out for next year.

Sucks for the short term, rules in the long term.

I was actually worried about where Saint's Row could go after superhero in the sequel, I mean how can you escalate your ridiculousness any more. I guess someone else worried that, and has turned supersaints into a full sequel. Now they'll just have to worry about it in a years time.

uh... saints row 3 was already short of content at launch, at least compared to saints row 2.

so now they are just going to be done with it, so they can just add this almost finished content to the next game... to what i think is, make it so they can finish it and pump it out sooner.

I guess that's one way to keep production costs down...I'm still not clear as to why it was "delayed".

You know I was just thinking: What Could Saints Row and THQ really use right now? Obviously, a more over powered PC and a $20 million loss in sales! Nice going Rubin.

Judging by how how short The Third was, I'm assuming that this standard 30 dollar expansion will be sold pretty much as is for 60 bucks sometime next year.

Although who knows, maybe SR4 will re-capture the magic of 2.

Though to be fair, I wouldn't mind seeing the concept of Enter The Dominatrix, the Saints with super powers, expanded and fleshed out into a proper, full game. The series already has you playing as what's essentially a super villain, might as well actually add the "super" part and go all the way. Perhaps this could end up working out.

I'd say this is a good thing. More focus on making a big, full game for $60 rather than a much smaller game for $60 and craploads of DLC.

RatRace123:
Judging by how how short The Third was, I'm assuming that this standard 30 dollar expansion will be sold pretty much as is for 60 bucks sometime next year.

Although who knows, maybe SR4 will re-capture the magic of 2.

Though to be fair, I wouldn't mind seeing the concept of Enter The Dominatrix, the Saints with super powers, expanded and fleshed out into a proper, full game. The series already has you playing as what's essentially a super villain, might as well actually add the "super" part and go all the way. Perhaps this could end up working out.

Part of the charm about Saints row is that it lets you play an unabashedly bad guy. We need more games that have the main characters as villians.

I agree though, Enter the Dominatrix could be quite interesting fleshed out into a full game

More than two skins and a gun? Haha! That's too much content for a DLC, better not do it.

Seriously, I enjoyed SR3, it just needed a much more cohesive and consistent story. If they combine the over the top toys in 3 with the structure of 2 it will be glorious. And also, don't leave out replayable missions for fucks sake Volition.

Saints Row the Third was disappointing for me, and made me glad I picked it and the three major DLC packs up for $25 total on Steam. Some of it had improved from 2 but the biggest let down was the scaling back of the customization. A big part of 2 was mixing and matching the various clothes on my character to get just the right look for him. This game just didn't have it, everything came prepacked and pre-layerd. All the safehouses were made boring and ultimately pointless. There was no upgrading their looks, or having things like the weapons, clothing, and money placed in them separately. Instead you just walked in and opened up a menu that blasted rap music at you while you were trying to think. It just felt like they took out a big piece of what made 2 amazing without putting something else in to fill the void.

Also the like 15 different clothing pack DLCs was bullshit, but the icing on the cake was selling a DLC pack of cheats. I think there's a balance to be had, but they definitely went overkill with this one.

This just in: THQ to fully go out of business in 2013.

Marshall Honorof:
the Saints will have to content themselves fighting gang members with conventional weaponry in the meantime.

What? That makes little sense. They barely have any conventional weaponry in the most recent title. Farts in a jar, apocafists, full-auto sniper rifles, Tron-inspired guns, and pimp-cane shotguns aren't exactly found in Call of Duty or Battlefield, both praised for the dedication to conventional weaponry. But, I see what you're saying.

Though, why they feel the need to tease us like this is silly. Give us a Saint's Flow like substance again, make it happen more than once, and give us the powerhouse narrative structure from the second game, and we'll be happy. You know, as long as you give us plenty, and I mean plenty, of ways to customize our batshit insane leader of the Saints, and try and give us full sliders again, letting us choose more options, like formal wear, unbuttoned, with a bow tie, untied.

Whatever. I look forward to Saints Row 4 next year. Maybe they'll take it back to serious, and it will just go in cycles.

Paragon Fury:
This just in: THQ to fully go out of business in 2013.

i was actually wondering something pretty similar. will they even existin a year to publish SR4? i hope so for the fans out there

I still have to finish that game! I loved what I played of it and I will definatly get SR4 if this is promised content!

FogHornG36:
uh... saints row 3 was already short of content at launch, at least compared to saints row 2.

That's because they hadn't figured out how to properly monetise content and charge for clothing options and other items crammed on to the disc.

Honestly, their lack of commitment to SR3 makes it even less likely I'll touch SR4.

nikki191:
[will they even existin a year to publish SR4?

Not with stunts like this.

Release $30 DLC -> Get complaints
Roll $30 DLC into sequel and release both for the same price you would have released sequel for anyway -> Get complaints

No winning move.

While I'd like to play it nowish, i'm fine waiting a year and paying $60 instead of paying $90 overall.

If they don't try and fix the shit they fucked up in this game, I'll be pissed. Hanging plot threads from 2, killing off a major fucking character, possibly more...this game just rubbed me the wrooooong way...

Isn't there ALREADY an open world game like that?

O, that's right, Crackdown.

I've still not bothered getting SR3. I don't see the point. THey're only going to release some kind of complete edition within a year that includes all the DLC for the same price as the original vanilla game.

I've just checked, on steam right now it would cost me just shy of 80 to get the game and all DLC. Fuck that, I can wait.

Tanis:
Isn't there ALREADY an open world game like that?

O, that's right, Crackdown.

ha, oh man, that was a funny joke.

Like anyone actually liked that piece of shit game or its bastard of a sequel.

OT: Part of me wants to bash THQ for putting this DLC in the next game, but at the same time, I want to bash THQ for putting super heroes in SR4.

The reason I liked SR2 was it was funny, it had its moments of awesome and hilarity, but it was also grounded to reality for the most part.

There was a good mixture of over the top weirdness to keep it interesting, but not enough that would make you groan at playing it.

SR3 was too over the top, it felt like a fan game whom only liked the silliness of SR2, thus made a game only ABOUT that silliness.

Here's hoping they figure out what made SR2 special, and put it into SR4.

So SR4 will be more like 3 instead of 2? Color me uninterested then.

I'd prefer Enter the Dominatrix to be a stand alone DLC to SR3 really. Superpowers seems more like a ridiculous DLC type of thing. I rather not have the game go more bat shit crazy then SR3 did.

I won't really care though long as they bring back Tara Platt as Female Voice 2.

Paragon Fury:
This just in: THQ to fully go out of business in 2013.

When they do, they'll do what they always do. Blame Pirates/Used Games/The Boogeyman

OT: I don't buy THQ because of their practices, and this just adds to the reason.

I'm actually pretty excited for saints row 4 now. Think about it, the position they're now in, they NEED to make this good, they need to put all the effort, time, and money into it that they can. Hopefully, it'll produce something brilliant.

I'm actually kind of glad they're doing this actually. It's kind of like hearing about DLC for a game that doesn't have a release date...only in reverse...ya know what I mean? It's too bad to hear that SR4 will likely be another barrel-drum load of the wackiest of tabacky...but maybe it'll be more like Saint's Row 2? Hopefully...Honestly though I'm still kind of pissed that they cancelled Saint's Row - Drive By.

I'm actually cool with this. I prefer a big sequel WITH even more content then having to pay for an expansion and SR4. Cool cool cool.

So, people who bought th season pass with the promise of all DLC can... What? Eat dicks I guess?

I don't mind that they're thinking long term, it's admirable and who knows, this mightt pay off and SR4 might be phenominal.
But I paid for ALL my DLC* and I'd like to have all my DLC...

(*With the season pass I mentioned, if you don't know, it was a DLC pack that gave you all DLC to follow for free.)

EDIT: Seems I'm a it of a nob and didn't realise that this expansion wasn't included in the offer, ah well. Guess that's one less thing to be pissy about. Good times.

because dildo bats and squid guns are conventional.....right.

Two was ample, Three was ambitious, Four we might hope will be all this and more.
Who can blame them for wanting them to do it right? Plenty of other games to play in the meantime. :)

Irridium:
I'd say this is a good thing. More focus on making a big, full game for $60 rather than a much smaller game for $60 and craploads of DLC.

In other words make it more like Saints Row 2 and less like Saints Row 3.

I'm guessing they didn't sell too much DLC for Sints Row 3 (even though they started selling DLC on launch day) so they're going to roll the leftovers into another game. I'm hoping that SR4 isn't just a mashup of leftover dlc.

The thing is that they can only sell a ton of dlc if the game is a big hit but if the game isn't a big hit and they're committed to the dlc already, they've fucked themselves. THQ (and a lot of other publishers) have been banking too hard on the notion that gamers will buy $20-$40 of dlc for their games.

I feel bad for the Season Pass suckers; didn't they already pay for that?

Archemetis:
So, people who bought th season pass with the promise of all DLC can... What? Eat dicks I guess?

I don't mind that they're thinking long term, it's admirable and who knows, this mightt pay off and SR4 might be phenominal.
But I paid for ALL my DLC* and I'd like to have all my DLC...

(*With the season pass I mentioned, if you don't know, it was a DLC pack that gave you all DLC to follow for free.)

The season pass was never going to give you the expansion pack.

'With the Saints Row: The Third Season Pass you gain access to three future mission packs-Genkibowl VII, Gangstas in Space, and The Trouble with Clones-for expanded gameplay with everyone's favorite street gang. And as a bonus, you gain immediate access to all-new costumes and vehicles from Steelport's #1 television drama-Nyte Blayde. Strap it on!'

Which makes sense, why would they give you free access to a $30 expansion for buying a $15 DLC pack?

Archemetis:
So, people who bought th season pass with the promise of all DLC can... What? Eat dicks I guess?

I don't mind that they're thinking long term, it's admirable and who knows, this mightt pay off and SR4 might be phenominal.
But I paid for ALL my DLC* and I'd like to have all my DLC...

(*With the season pass I mentioned, if you don't know, it was a DLC pack that gave you all DLC to follow for free.)

Not entirely accurate. It bought you the three 'story expansions' and ONE extra homie, while all the other stuff you STILL have to pay for.

As much as I loved Saints Row 3 (one of the few games I still play after getting the plat) its one of my few DLC regrets getting the season pass, because the three packs it gets you are actually cheaper to buy individually.

I was modestly excited for Enter the Domintrix, but if they're folding it into SR4, thats cool. However, I suspect that instead of getting a 'full' game PLUS this DLC as part of it, they're going to have far far less content in SR4 and just have the Enter the Dominatrix content (which is mostly completed right?) as padding so they don't have to do as much extra work.

I don't mind the Saints Row 3 whackiness, but even I'll admit, after playing Saints Row 2...

Ah wait, the Season Pass got you that for free as well, didn't it? Scratch my above comments then...

The map for SR3 seems tiny in comparison.

Kalezian:

Tanis:
Isn't there ALREADY an open world game like that?

O, that's right, Crackdown.

ha, oh man, that was a funny joke.

Like anyone actually liked that piece of shit game or its bastard of a sequel.

OT: Part of me wants to bash THQ for putting this DLC in the next game, but at the same time, I want to bash THQ for putting super heroes in SR4.

The reason I liked SR2 was it was funny, it had its moments of awesome and hilarity, but it was also grounded to reality for the most part.

There was a good mixture of over the top weirdness to keep it interesting, but not enough that would make you groan at playing it.

SR3 was too over the top, it felt like a fan game whom only liked the silliness of SR2, thus made a game only ABOUT that silliness.

Crackdown was awsome! Not sure what planet you live but whatever.

op: This strategy seems poorly thought out as the already OTT saints row 3 cannot really become anymore over the top without hiting a wall where they cannot go any further.

p.s RED FACTION 1 HD REMAKE PLS

Here's hoping they figure out what made SR2 special, and put it into SR4.

Please go back to more like SR2. SR3 was good, but it didn't have the charm that SR2 had.

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