Sales not affected by Saints Row 4’s silly tone – Volition
Saints Row 4 features Aliens, presidents and stuff like that, and sort of has a silly tone to it. However, it doesn’t really affect sales according to senior producer Jim Boon.
Cliff Bleszinski was a critic of Saints Row’s tone and told them to ditch the dilo.
“Ultimately I don’t think that Saint’s Row’s tone gets in the way of bigger sales. If anything, I think our tone is an element of our success,” Boon told OXM.
“Saint’s Row is quite unlike anything else out there, and I think gamers crave unique experiences – I know I do. We have a lot of passionate fans that love SR, so I think we are striking the right chord.
“Also, I do want to mention that Jason [Rubin] was extremely supportive if SR4 and really liked what we were doing with the game. He would often offer ideas for the game, and those ideas were never suggestions about changing our tone. He was a fan of the series and loved what we were doing”.
He also said that fans would miss these elements from the game had they removed the tone that makes the game somewhat offensive.
“I think our fans would miss what might considered juvenile elements of previous SR games,” he said.
“Based on the overall reception and sales of SR3, I strongly suspect many people enjoy this aspect of SR, even if some may not want to admit feeling that way. Thinking of a movie series like The Hangover – people love the humor but you might not want to discuss some of the finer moments of those movies with your mom, for example.
“I think the same might be true for SR. We do get an awful lot of feedback from fans telling us much they love our juvenile tone – with some asking us to go even further! Ultimately SR4 doesn’t try to take itself too seriously and we even have a lot of fun at our own expense.”
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