Volition, The Studio That Created Saints Row And Red Faction, Is Shutting Down

This is sad.

Volition, the studio that created the Saints Row franchise as well as some iconic classics like Red Faction and Summoner, has announced its unfortunate and immediate closure after 30 years in the game.

The closing of the studio comes by way of parent company Embracer Group’s continued efforts to restructure and lean down its business following an investment-heavy few years where it acquired a significant amount of talent and IP.

Volition’s most recent project was last year’s reboot of Saints Row, which it’s spent the year since updating and improving after the game received a lukewarm reception at launch. Its most recent major update only landed recently, and the game was just named as one of the inclusions in this month’s lineup of PlayStation Plus Essential bonuses.

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A post from Volition announcing the closure, which was shared on LinkedIn, reads:

“The Volition team has proudly created world-class entertainment for fans around the globe for 30 years. We’ve been driven by a passion for our community and always worked to deliver joy, surprise, and delight.

“This past June, Embracer Group announced a restructuring program to strengthen Embracer and maintain its position as a leader in the video game industry. As part of that program, they evaluated strategic and operational goals and made the difficult decision to close Volition effective immediately.

“To help our team, we are working to provide job assistance and help smooth the transition for our Volition family members. We thank our customers and fans around the world for all the love and support over the years. You will always be in our hearts.”