Saints Row developer Volition is not concerned about releasing the fourth installment in its over-the-top open world series mere weeks before the launch of Rockstar's Grand Theft Auto 5 - and believes the genre's now broad enough to support multiple games.
Rockstar's Grand Theft Auto 5 was originally slated for release early this year, though that date was put back to 17th September - less than a month after Saints Row 4's projected release on 20th August.
"Yeah, it's a big one, and we talk about it a lot," Volition producer Jim Boone told Eurogamer. "Obviously when they announced their date and it was so close to us - that was an interesting phenomenon. But honestly, the way that we tend to look at it is that here's this huge game that's coming out at the same time and it's going to sell a tonne. We know that, and it's unfortunate from that standpoint.
"But the thing we feel good about in general is that we're such a different game to what they are. If we were stylistically similar to the first Saints Row, I'd be horrified right now. Saints Row the Third came out the same time as Assassin's Creed, but the games are so different in terms of what they do.
"The genre's matured enough where you can have all these different styles and still be an open world game and be different. So I look at GTA 5 and think there's this massive game coming out, but I don't think with our superpowers and alien invasions that no-one will be comparing us to them."