saints Row IV is a Smashing Commercial Success: More Than One Million Units Sold Through in the First Week
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.”
“A global commercial success such as this within the first week since launch of Saints Row IV proves the strength of this brand.”, comments Menno van der Bil, International Commercial Director, Deep Silver. “The over the top nature of Saints Row IV underlines the Deep Silver brand strategy perfectly and we are also ecstatic about the critical praise the game has received.”
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.