|Information about this subject was added before the game was released.
|Saints Row IV|
- "It's a good example of how you take what you have and you say, 'What can happen in the next?'"
- — Danny Bilson
The game was confirmed to be in development prior to Saints Row: The Third's release; THQ's Danny Bilson briefly said in an interview with X-Play on November 9, 2011, "I already know what Saints Row 4 is about, and it is wilder than [Saints Row: The Third]".
Additional confirmation on the development of the game appeared six months later, on May 16, 2012, when a LinkedIn profile of a Volition, Inc. developer revealed Saints Row 4 is in development for PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360.
On June 11, 2012, the new THQ president, Jason Rubin, expressed his distaste over Saints Row: The Third's "tone and crass humor", and noted his intention to change that in future entries. He believed that the game's presentation limited its potential audience, when it could have striven to be the next "Red Dead Redemption or Skyrim" (referring to the two games' critical and commercial successes). Rubin stated that Saints Row: The Third was a product of "the environment at the time", and that he aims to change that.
A few days later, on June 20, 2012, Rubin stated that the Saints Row: The Third standalone expansion, Enter The Dominatrix, had been canceled and instead would be merged with Saints Row 4, allowing the team "more time, more resources, and a broader scope for the project". He also confirmed the game was scheduled for a calendar 2013 release window.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 June 20th press release: Saints Row: The Third – Enter the Dominatrix Now Part of Something Bigger Than Itself
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 G4TV: Saints Row 4 Confirmed, To Be "Wilder" Than Saints Row 3
- ↑ Eurogamer: Volition developer lists Saints Row 4 for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360
- ↑ Destructoid: New THQ president wants an adult humor-free Saints Row