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Saints Row: Enter the Dominatrix expanding into full Saints Row sequel

According to an announcement from THQ today, their upcoming expansion to Saints Row: The Third has been cancelled. Enter the Dominatrix was intended to be a standalone package running for $29.99, but THQ says they now have other plans.

However, it's not all bad. If you were excited about the direction Enter the Dominatrix was taking (read: insane superpowers,) then you can rest easy knowing that the content of EtD will be folded into the next game in the series. In fact, the way THQ president Jason Rubin tells it, it sounds like Enter the Dominatrix was expanded into a full sequel.

"When I looked at the Enter The Dominatrix expansion in production at Volition, I was blown away by the ideas and desire to expand the fiction of the franchise,” says Rubin. “I asked the team what it could achieve given more time, more resources, and a broader scope for the project. We all agreed we wanted to play that game. When it comes to Saints Row, it’s clear our fans want bigger, better, and even more over the top, and that’s why Enter The Dominatrix will now be incorporated into a vastly expanded, full-fledged sequel, scheduled for calendar 2013.”

Rubin seems to be doubling down on the Saints Row franchise, and we'll have to wait a year or more to see if it pays off. Or maybe they just decided the window of opportunity for Matrix jokes had passed, and a game called "Saints Row: The Fourth" would sell better.

15 comments

  • carlos-quintana - April 2, 2014 8:16 p.m.

    Its named saints row the fourth
  • Viron - June 25, 2012 5:05 p.m.

    This year blows. So I guess now they aren't going to fix any of the problems of 3 and not incorporate more of the parts that reached their peak in 2 (like the clothing system and the activities). So we are now going to get a rushed sequel so THQ can put off bankruptcy for another year. Thanks Rubin, you fucking asshole
  • aliengmr - June 20, 2012 11:11 p.m.

    Did I miss something? Why are people angry about this? Seems to me its just a bit of "meh" news. Expansion turning into a sequel, what's the big deal?
  • pr0tostar - June 21, 2012 4:58 a.m.

    MY ranting isn't an attack on you, I figure I can just get my intended comment in as well as provide insight to you. What's bogus about this is that EtD has already been MARKETED. Seriously, what kinda company says expansion coming this Fall.... lolnvm NEXT GAME!! And EtD was supposed to be in VR as to cater to all the demand for powers and what not. So like.. is the next entry in the main story gonna be about Aliens and VR?... For an expansion to cater to the people who just love the superwhacky saturday morning cartoon ver of GTA, ok, whatever. But this series started off as a totally grounded and competent story that rivaled GTA... heck most anything. And the new dev team that was brought in for III somehow got the idea that because 2 had septic vandalism and riding through explosives in a flame suit as side activities, that the entire direction of the plot is practically something I'd expect to see on Adult Swim. Yeah, I know i sound like a whiny *****, but there's as many people who have stuck with this franchise for the plot and writing as there are who just wanna run around naked with a giant dildo because they can. So it's the false marketing and plot deterioration that piss me off as someone who's been loyal to this franchise. "ok don't buy Saints Row 4" I may, I may not, but hey I wanted that expansion because the context was coherent enough. So if they're going to go back on their marketing and develop ANOTHER full game when they're really not even in a financial position to.... all I can say is good luck with that, and good luck with trying to explain Aliens and VR in a gangland drama. tl;dr Volition's new team needs a reality check. This isn't how you treat your fans, infact it's downright pathetic. The expansion was essentially going to offer fans what was already on the III disc but only accessible via DLC and lasted all of 5 mins through one mission as if the whole thing never happened. =Now they're saying :sorry we're gonna push that back and charge you full price for it, sue us." Just wow... /rant /end rant.
  • aliengmr - June 21, 2012 11:42 a.m.

    The way I read it was that this was either EtD was going to be the basis for the sequel or that it was to be rolled into the sequel. Either way there will still be more content than just the expansion. I don't have an issue with the decision to expand EtD into a full sequel. Now what they end up doing with SR4 is a different thing entirely. I think SR2 was the right tone for the game. SR3 was good but lacked much of the content in SR2. I just don't see this as a money grab, instead just house cleaning within THQ. How it turns out is a separate issue IMO.
  • Viron - June 25, 2012 4:57 p.m.

    they seem to be making more money by doing the opposite of what you say.
  • Shadow Of Death - June 20, 2012 3:57 p.m.

    Well, it seems interesting enough. How they explain the powers in the full sequel, we can only guess at though. Aliens I guess?
  • Robx - June 20, 2012 3:22 p.m.

    Only thing that heavily disappointed me about SR3 was its lack of online vs like previous installments. I hope they don't skip it out again. :(
  • IceBlueKirby - June 20, 2012 12:54 p.m.

    This should be interesting. I just hope they'll add something that will make the game worth playing after the story missions are done. When I finished SR2, I spent countless hours playing anyway just to mess around, but when I finished The Third that was it, I didn't really have any reason to keep playing. If the next game can give me a reason to keep playing long after I should be done, I'll be happy.
  • BlueChameleon - June 20, 2012 10:18 a.m.

    Moving the release date puts it -conveniently- outside the coverage of the 'Season Pass' DLC I forked out for.
  • ParagonT - June 20, 2012 10:53 a.m.

    Funny how that goes eh?
  • jackthemenace - June 20, 2012 2:10 p.m.

    That's the number one thing I was thinking about when reading this article. I've not bought a season pass for any game, nor have I really played a Saints Row game, but this is bound to piss a lot of people ff. Are you being given partial refunds, or some other form of consolation, just out of interest?
  • Redeater - June 20, 2012 2:37 p.m.

    Unless I heard wrong I believe that you weren't able to access a bunch of stuff with the season pass. Regardless I'm still glad I didn't fork out cash for the pass. I loved the third but all the DLC looked terrible and short.
  • JamesRadar - June 20, 2012 3:45 p.m.

    don't be worried, it was not intended to be DLC. It was just going to be a separate disc.
  • Viron - June 25, 2012 5 p.m.

    As I understand it it wasn't going to be covered anyway. Lesson learned: don't buy that DLC pass, it ain't worth shit

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