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THQ Cancels Saints Row: Drive-By for 3DS

Posted by James Newton

Dry your eyes

THQ's Saints Row: Drive-By won't be parking on 3DS after all, as the publisher has announced it's no longer developing the title.

The game was headed to Xbox Live and PlayStation Network as well as 3DS, but a THQ representative put a figurative bullet in its chances of coming to the console by confirming the game isn't in the works.

Are you disappointed you won't be able to interact with the unique world of Saints Row in 3D?

[via joystiq.com]

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User Comments (70)

Lan

#2

Lan said:

good. saint's row is terrible. thq is terrible. the only good thq games i've played are ufc 09 and 10, and they're littered with typos

Nintendoftw

#3

Nintendoftw said:

HECK YES I AM DISAPPOINTED. Those weren't even working on it? How pathetic! I've played Saints Row 2 and unlike you guys, I know how terrific it is... Too bad it was made by a unorganized developer.

warioswoods

#4

warioswoods said:

If that image is any indication of the game, the world is a slightly better place now.

Sylverstone

#9

Sylverstone said:

Hey, if those guys at E3 were laughing at the announcement of Saints Row for 3DS, then I wasn't expecting much.

I hope there's a GTA: Chinatown Wars 2 or something that has Huang Lee running the Triads in Liberty City now.

Ron_DelVillanoAdmin

#10

Ron_DelVillano said:

AAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHRRRRGRHGHGHFLJ.

This was one of my reasons for purchasing the 3DS. If anyone needs me, I'll be in the corner weeping.

kkslider5552000

#12

kkslider5552000 said:

Oh no. Whatever shall we do. This is will make a large impact on people's decisions to get a 3DS. oh no. ahhhhh

SilverBaretta

#15

SilverBaretta said:

If it was anything like the console Saint's Row, then it's slightly worse new then if not. A lot of people like this series, and it would probably have shifted more than a few handhelds...

accc

#16

accc said:

It was funny when Nintendo was revealing a list of games in development for the 3DS at last years E3, and every game they were announcing was drawing a ton of applause, and then they announced Saints Row 3D and the entire crowd remained silent.

WaveWarlock

#17

WaveWarlock said:

WarioWoods

Agreed!
Saints Row and GTA imo are 2 of the worst franchises that have ever happened in gaming. Take that ghetto trash and send it straight to hell where it belongs.lol

brandonbwii

#18

brandonbwii said:

It would've been silly anyway to have an XBLA game as full retail on 3DS. It would be one more reason not to like the system's lineup imo.

brandonbwii

#19

brandonbwii said:

@everyone sad at the game's cancellation

I'm not sure if this would've been a TRUE Saint's Row title giving it's downloadable origins. I'd have loved an honest to goodness title in the franchise for 3DS, but something like this just screams Red Faction: Battlegrounds level shovelware.

In other words, we're probably better off without it. It's likely Saint's Row in name only. I'd love THQ to get started on a Darksiders game on 3DS though.

suburban_sensei

#20

suburban_sensei said:

While I am not a Saints Row fan really, I did have fun with the original and 2nd game, because they are so off the wall. Not disappointed its not coming to the 3DS though, I wouldn't of picked it up anyways.

TheBaconator

#21

TheBaconator said:

I love Saints Row 2. I think it is the best sandbox game out there with humorous gameplay, great customization, loads of weapons, and a bunch of Easter Eggs hidden in makes it one of my favorite games this generation. However, I believe that this game would have ended up not playing anything like Saints Row 2, but we'll never know now...Oh well, Saints Row 3 comes out in a few months.

Azikira

#22

Azikira said:

I would be more upset if it was Grand Theft Auto 4. That would just kick so much ass on so many levels, GTA4 3D.

Nintendoftw

#24

Nintendoftw said:

For those who for some reason don't know wth Saints Row is- It's the main competitor for GTA, and in my opinion much much better because it's not was realistic and there is so much more to do.

Xkhaoz

#27

Xkhaoz said:

Awww. I guess I'll have to wait a bit longer for my open-world fix on 3DS.

thebluelight1

#28

thebluelight1 said:

yup, never knew this was in development either :P tend to see "THQ" and laugh at the game...

@SilverBlacktail YES!! That would be awesome, I need more B.B. Hood in my life, DS3 and MvC2 are not enough :P

Hardy83

#29

Hardy83 said:

Should we make jokes about third parties already dropping support for the 3DS? lol

Robo-goose

#30

Robo-goose said:

Judging by most people's responses, I'd say that this is good news. I certainly think it is.

@Xkhaoz
Is that a patriotic American My Little Pony like I think it is? If that thing exists, I'm going to get ten of them.

brandonbwii

#33

brandonbwii said:

@26
Hell to the yes!

@31
I've been thinking the same thing. However, it was never as good as we were led to believe in the first place.

Wheels2050

#34

Wheels2050 said:

What? THQ has published plenty of great titles - the Dawn of War series, STALKER, Lock's Quest to name a few.

Not that that necessarily says anything about Saint's Row (I haven't played it)

zionich

#40

zionich said:

Not my kind of game, neither is GTA for that matter , sorry to hear that for those that were looking forward to it.

Lan

#42

Lan said:

@mickeymac maybe. i'm just not a fan of 3rd parties in general, no one compares to ninty's quality and design

Zeldaterasu

#43

Zeldaterasu said:

Very surprised by all the Saints Row hate here. I know I was looking forward to the game. I played the first one on my roommate's 360 back in college and loved it. Too bad we'll never get to take it for a test drive now.

Rugaard

#44

Rugaard said:

THQ makes awesome games for PC. The Dawn of War series are my favorite RTS games. I would have loved to play some saints row on my 3DS. The Co-Op on the 360 was really fun when my older brother and I went through the game together. Was one of the most fun times on the console fore me.

DrDaisy

#46

DrDaisy said:

I played Saints Row 2 and it was okay, but it didn't keep me interested for long. I hope Nintendo didn't bring the axe down on this, because I was hoping they were past that now.

Skotski

#47

Skotski said:

People have to realize that while they make fun of Saints Row because they "would never play these kind of games", it IS the more arcadey-fun version of the Grand Theft Auto series
.
And unlike what certain people here said, GTA is NOT a "ghetto" series/franchise/game. That's like saying all Final Fantasy games are ALL Clouds and Sephiroths. Or like saying all MGS games are all 10-hour-long cutscenes. Play the game for once, and realize the series has brilliant writing AND IS NOT JUST A RUN OVER AND KILL EVERYONE GAME (though that is what most people do when they're bored in the game)... and seriously, the only ghetto one was San Andreas, and unlike what people think: That game wasn't to appease the "ghetto wannabes" but was an homage and reflection to the lifestyle (of which I had lived with, so to all the snooty people that look down on them: Grow up, you seriously don't know what it's like).

So Saints Row isn't disliked (the reaction at e3) because of its genre, it's disliked because it's generally thought as a "wannabe GTA game". ... but Saints Row is like a GTA game that you don't have to take seriously. It's hardly as in-depth in its storyline and script as the GTA series is. So... most of you that bag on Saints Row? Are more than likely the ones that would enjoy it, since it doesn't really take itself seriously.

Tails

#48

Tails said:

I've honestly never bought a game from THQ ever except for Darksiders on the PS3, and that was a budget title that was horrible after just playing 30 mins of it. But, otherwise not worried about Saints Row never was a fan.

Kat

#49

Kat said:

Isn't Saints Row just a GTA clone? I played one of the games at a friend's house, and seemed like a straight up-and-down carbon copy.

Wesbert

#50

Wesbert said:

I think this cancellation is connected to the poor reception of THQ's other Xboxlive-download tie-in "Red Faction: Battlegrounds". After all, Saints Row and Red Faction were two major THQ franchises marketed so closely together there were even crossover references. But Battlegrounds had little in common with actual Red Faction, being merely a top down vehicular shooter. The title Drive-By sounds like it might have described a title of a similar nature, and if that were the case, the cancellation was a good move, since Saints Row's fun is derived from the freedom within the game. A trivial top down shooter would have been a sore disappointment, which is probably thy THQ cancelled it.
So the 3DS is not to blame ;)

retro_player_22

#52

retro_player_22 said:

Glad it didn't come, the 3DS is for games that innovates and delivers, Saint Rows will probably ruin the 3DS anyways. It doesn't deserve the awesomeness of the 3DS.

taffy

#53

taffy said:

@Dylan1: De Blob 1 and 2 are mint games if you enjoy platformers (which I do), but I do agree with you that no-one matches up to Nintendo's standard as 95% of my Wii games are 1st party ones!

Tethers

#54

Tethers said:

@ Dylan1 "i'm just not a fan of 3rd parties in general, no one compares to ninty's quality and design":

You are so wrong. And because of that you miss A LOT of great games...

thebluelight1

#55

thebluelight1 said:

@Dylan1 wow...how small is your game collection? Have you heard of Capcom, Konami, Sega or Square? Fairly obvious choices but they've made a fair few amazing games between them in their time.

jerryo

#56

jerryo said:

Saints Row is a great series, on the other hand THQ is not our friend :D

There will be others, SOON THQ will beg their teams to make games for 3DS :) you'll seeee! XD

Spoony_Tech

#58

Spoony_Tech said:

I'm not a saints row fan by any means but still don't like a higher profile game getting canceled of worse yet never in development. Hopefully its just one game and not the start of a bad trend for the system.

TeeJay

#59

TeeJay said:

Never heard of this franchise. Never heard of the game. Will not miss it.

TheGreenSpiny

#61

TheGreenSpiny said:

@56: It's a simple fact dude, get used to it. Nobody makes games like Nintendo. You're fooling yourself if you think otherwise.

Lan

#62

Lan said:

@everybody who thinks i'm dumb: sure i've played 3rd party games, and liked them. but the only good 3rd party franchises imo are mgs and re. i find nintendo games to be far more enjoyable, polished, and less glitchy than other stuff. and i grew up on mostly 1st party stuff

thebluelight1

#65

thebluelight1 said:

@63 Firstly, it's called opinion. Secondly, Nintendo are my favourite developers/publishers. But are you really saying that other developers should be ignored? Nintendo aren't top dogs in every genre and YOU are fooling yourself if you think otherwise.

JustanotherGamer

#66

JustanotherGamer said:

Not a good sign that a 3DS game was canned so early. Or maybe it is maybe the game ended up be so bad there was no other choice. So at least there is one less crappy game. Or the 3DS sales weren't up to snuff?

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