THQ doesn’t think the recent Grand Theft Auto V trailer will affect Saints Row: The Third preorders at all.
Let’s be honest with ourselves. Watching middle aged blokes in suits, representing multimillion-dollar companies, scream and flail their arms at each other like schoolchildren is really quite funny, undignified as it may be. Unfortunately for those hoping Rockstar’s recent GTA V trailer would reignite the Saints Row VS. Grand Theft Auto quarrel of yesteryear, THQ doesn’t seem to be taking the bait. In fact, THQ CEO Brian Farrell had nothing but compliments for the trailer.
“I went online like everyone to see the GTA trailer,” he responded, when asked if GTA V’s trailer would have any effect on Saints Row: The Third preorders, during an investor Q&A session. “As you point out, it’s a high quality trailer and I think it’s going to be another fantastic game in the GTA series.”
“That said, it also shows the completely different positioning of the two games,” he continued. “GTA is still serious and character driven – a very different experience.”
He’s quite right, too. As of GTA IV, which made a radical departure from its predecessors in terms of tone, the two franchises have little in common. While GTA IV’s more serious direction earned it an overwhelmingly positive critical reception, even outside of the usual gaming circles, it did leave fans of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas’ wacky, jetpacking shenanigans out in the cold. THQ was more than happy to step in and fill the resulting void with the absolutely bananas Saints Row 2.
“It’s a totally different positioning,” Farrell said. “And if you read the forums it’s like ‘hey, I love GTA, and I love this game because it’s a very different game that knows what it is and is very entertaining.'”
The plainly superior Saints Row: The Third arrives on 360, PS3 and PC on November 15th. No news on a release date for the obviously better Grand Theft Auto V as of yet.