Saints Row Director Hopes Series Returns
We haven’t seen a real Saints Row title since Gat out of Hell in 2015. The industry has produced dozens of sandbox games since, but none with the gleeful self-deprecation of Saints Row. If it were up to one of the franchise’s former directors, that drought would be over soon.
Scott Phillips recently answered 107 rapid-fire questions from Game Informer’s senior editor Jeff Cork. Phillips moved on following the sale of THQ and just served as director for Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. Most of the questions, naturally, related to the upcoming title, but a few dove into the director’s past. One in particular stood out for Saints Row fans clamoring for a return to the series.
Cork: “You directed Saints Row the Third. Do you think that series needs more time before it comes back?”
Phillips: “It’s been quite a few years… I think it would be good if it came back.”
Unfortunately, Phillips doesn’t have much of a say in the matter. THQ Nordic once again owns the Saints Row franchise after numerous acquisitions. THQ has shown an interest in bringing back fan favorites, as demonstrated by the Nickelodeon comeback. It would only make sense that they do the same for their flagship franchise.
As for Phillips, he seems to have landed on his feet rather nicely. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey looks prepped to back up multiple Brinks trucks to Ubisoft’s door. Phillips previously promised that players will be able to make history their playground, which is reminiscent of the sandbox glory of Saints Row. One of modern gaming’s most successful franchises will take some risks in its newest title which should pay off. That serves as proof that the director certainly hasn’t forgotten his gaming roots. Saints Row took more risks with each franchise installment.
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey arrives October 5 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.
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Drew is a freelance writer for DFTG. He's the former Managing Editor of Haogamers and has been published in the Chicago Tribune and The Paragon Journal. He also edited the novel Three Brightnesses and Artist Journey: Rachta Lin (2016 and 2017 editions).