Saints Row IV is no longer just a sideshow on the grand video game scene. Publisher Deep Silver confirmed today that the open-world sandbox game cracked 1 million sales in the first week alone through both digital and retail releases. The figure puts the game as selling three times as many as Saints Row: The Third did when it released two years ago.
"We are incredibly happy of the reception for Saints Row 4 as a critical and now a commercial success," said Deep Silver CEO Klemens Kundratitz. "The development team at Volition is second-to-none as a driving creative force in the entertainment industry and we are very proud to have them as part of the Deep Silver family."
New presidential downloadable content also became available to celebrate. Face masks of George Washinton, Abraham Lincoln, Barrack Obama, and George W. Bush are all now available in the Presidential Pack through Steam and the PlayStation Network for $2.99. The Xbox Live versions will be downloadable tomorrow.
Koch Media, Deep Silver's parent company, purchased developer Volition from THQ for $22.3 million back during the bankruptcy auction on January 22nd. The investment has obviously paid of as Volition is now one of the best regarded sandbox studios on the market. Way to go guys!
Check out our thoughts on Saints Row IV here. Spoilers! Were in love!
Incredible 3:1 Ratio in PC sales over Saints Row: The ThirdLARKSPUR, CA, August 28, 2013– Already hailed as a critical success, Deep Silver & Volition's Saints Row IV has had a breakthrough commercial achievement as more than one million units sold through in its first week of retail availability. In the first days of availability, the PC version of Saints Row IV more than tripled its first week's sale numbers over the prior release from THQ, Saints Row: The Third.Saints Row IV is also leading the charts in almost all major European countries in the first week of its sale. The game has already garnered the top spot in the UK, Germany and Benelux (on all platforms)."We are incredibly happy of the reception for Saints Row IV as a critical and now a commercial success," said Klemens Kundratitz, CEO of parent company Koch Media. "The development team at Volition is second-to-none as a driving creative force in the entertainment industry and we are very proud to have them as part of the Deep Silver family."
In addition to outstanding consumer reception to the game's launch, media also recognized the fantastic game experience that Saints Row IV has to offer. Destructoid.com awarded the title a 9.5 out of 10 score, calling it "one of the best open world sandbox games." The Escapist gave the title a perfect 5 out of 5 score and said Saints Row IV was, "hilarious, action-packed and fun to play," while USA Today called Saints Row IV gameplay "an amazing experience."
In Saints Row IV, Volition continues the story of the Third Street Saints by elevating their status to the highest level – the leaders of the free world. The head honcho of the Saints has been elected to the Presidency of the United States but the Saints are just getting started. Now the larger-than-life insanity of the Saints series gets a new twist with a catastrophic alien invasion, and the aliens have transported the Saints to a bizarro-Steelport simulation. Wield gargantuan superpowers and fight to free humanity from alien granddaddy Zinyak's mental grasp. Escape the simulation that's trapped the Saints crew, or die trying.
Saints Row IV's online community at SaintsRow.com saw its registrations increase by a million in the first week alone, amounting to more than 1.3 million user accounts for the game in total, with custom content flooding in at 806,908 pieces of brand new user-generated content since the release of both the wildly popular character customization app Inauguration Station and Saints Row IV itself.
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About Deep Silver Deep Silver develops and publishes interactive games for all platforms, seeking to deliver top-quality products that provide immersive game experiences driven by the desires of the gaming community. The company has published more than 200 games worldwide since 2003, including the best-selling zombie action Dead Island™ franchise, the critically-acclaimed Metro™: Last Light and the open world smash hit Saints Row IV™. Deep Silver is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Koch Media, GmbH, and includes the renowned development studio Deep Silver Volition, based in Champaign, IL. For more information, please visit www.deepsilver.com or follow us on twitter at @deepsilver.