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Saints Row Developer Chronicles Their PlayStation 3 Progress

In one of the first successful spin-offs of the Grand Theft Auto franchise, Volition's Saints Row was a hit for the Xbox 360 when it released. It was supposed to arrive for the PlayStation 3 at a later date, but according to a recent CVG interview, the team "just couldn't get their heads around the Cell technology."

Producer Dan Sutton spoke about the complex process of delivering a game for the PS3 in the early days of the system's existence, and why Volition was forced to pass on bringing Saints Row to Sony's machine. Said Sutton:

"In Saints Row 1 we got about half way through the process and then we realised that we just couldn't get our heads around Cell. It's just really complicated and I'm sure you noticed other games like Stranglehold push their dates up. Cell's really, really powerful. The problem is it's also a really different system, the way it uses multi-threading technology."

But you needn't worry about Saints Row 2, which is scheduled to arrive in October simultaneously for the Xbox 360 and PS3. Like smart developers have been doing lately, Volition has assigned a dedicated team to handle the PS3 development, which means both versions should end up being mostly identical. "Now we're up to showing PS3 at the same level and only one day behind the Xbox, which is really exciting for us," Sutton added. As for the current state of developing on the PS3, Sutton - like most other devs at this point - believes most designers are now more accustomed to the console, even though some difficulties still remain:

"I think it's closing. There are still difficulties on it, I think you still see some games push out their PlayStation ports a little bit later. I think now the support's there at least - we've had many conversations with Sony trying to get our heads around that. We see PlayStation-only bugs pop up. There are Xbox only bugs too, but the problem is those PlayStation-only bugs are so complicated and Sony didn't have the support to help us out during the Saints Row 1 development. But now we have that support and it's really exciting."

Ah, support. That's always good to have, isn't it? Let's hope Saints Row 2 turns out to be a winner, because PS3 owners certainly shouldn't be worried about getting an inferior version. Yep, Volition and others are slowly but surely "getting their heads around" to the PlayStation 3.

Related Game(s): Saints Row 2

7/31/2008 Ben Dutka

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Comments (17 posts)

Minishmaru
Thursday, July 31, 2008 @ 10:44:17 AM
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Sounds pretty good, i'm excited for the game. I just wish we'd stop getting the, "both versions should end up being mostly identical" stuff. I'd like some different things that maybe the PS3 team find out that they could do that the 360 couldn't and put it in and vice versa. Its just...the PS3 is supposed to be more powerful and all...but so far they are either identical or the PS3 is of less quality. I know Cell is a new thing and all but theres gotta be a little something at this point they can figure out.

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Deleted User
Thursday, July 31, 2008 @ 10:51:44 AM
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I think its going to be a carppy port, I they couldn't even figure it out enough to finish the first game why would the second one be any good? they can't understand it properly after one port to the ps3. The game dosen't look that good anyways.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Thursday, July 31, 2008 @ 11:02:19 AM

...you didn't feel like reading the article?

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souljah92
Thursday, July 31, 2008 @ 1:08:43 PM

lmao u can clearly tell he didnt feel like reading the article bcuz his article is just bogus, lol dont let that get at u ben ur article wuz awesome and had things i really needed to hear to inspire me to get saints row 2. keep up the good work ( btw im writing this ON my ps3 system :p)

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Jed
Thursday, July 31, 2008 @ 11:53:31 PM

Lol. that's just great

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Odd Child
Thursday, July 31, 2008 @ 11:22:59 AM
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I think its good that developers are trying to design games for the PS3 instead of just porting them over, Practice makes perfect!

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Scarecrow
Thursday, July 31, 2008 @ 12:04:19 PM
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I have Grand Theft Auto IV
That's all I really need, thank you.

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RebelExtrm02
Thursday, July 31, 2008 @ 2:43:06 PM

Gotta bring up GTA to be cool huh? Please don't waste our time with comments that add no substance to the discussion. GTA is a good game. I'm actually a GTA "fanboy." However, I'm highly anticipating this title because it has what GTA seems to have forgotten about, having fun. Realism is good and all, but sometimes (well most of the time) I just like to screw off.

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nath08
Thursday, July 31, 2008 @ 1:25:29 PM
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the saints row 2 previews dont look that good but then again niether did the saints row previews, and that turned out to be a great game so im gonna get it anyway

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Jed
Thursday, July 31, 2008 @ 11:56:05 PM

Graphically the trailers i've seen are nothing special. But the game does look like a lot of fun, and the Gary Busey stuff was hilarius

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cr67
Thursday, July 31, 2008 @ 2:24:46 PM
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Obviously there aren't enough developers that can handle the sheer power and difficulty of programming on the PS3, although it does seem to be getting better. I can only imagine how much these developers are being paid to develop games for the PS3! Something for those college kids thinking of changing their major to ponder. :)

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Bugzbunny109
Thursday, July 31, 2008 @ 2:51:13 PM
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Thanks but i am sticking with GTA even though its not THAT great.

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firehahahahaha
Thursday, July 31, 2008 @ 3:55:31 PM
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I wasn't ever really interested in the first one so I duno if this will be too big to me, but atleast I won't hear my friends talking about how it's a 360 exclusive anymore

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Daedusian
Thursday, July 31, 2008 @ 4:54:27 PM
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I have confidence in this next installment. Seems like they're going to improve upon what was in the first and them some. Like the team too. Can't wait!

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Mista
Thursday, July 31, 2008 @ 5:13:38 PM
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I played the 1st on Xbox and thought it was fun. As great as GTA 4 is, I will at least give Saints Row 2 a chance by rental. It has stuff to separate it from GTA but if it will top the juggernaut that GTA 4 is remains to be seen.

Oh and GTA 4 forgot to add "fun" is probably the crazies thing I've heard in days. All the screwing around you can do in GTA is what makes it so much fun. I haven't beat the main story yet cause I play multiplayer most of the time and when I do play the single player I end up not doing missions to go screw off.

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NoMoreWar
Thursday, July 31, 2008 @ 7:26:20 PM
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GTA got really boring for me once i finished the story... twice (making different choices).
i haven't put that disk in my ps3 in over a month, which is completely different than San Andreas was for me. i couldn't stop playing that one. but the story line goes by far quicker in IV, and then it just feels boring. i played the original Saint's Row on my buddy's 360, and it seemed pretty decent. and from what i've seen, number 2 looks to be greatly improved on their original. i think there is a little too much bias, and people just like to suck GTA's balls. i enjoyed the hell out IV for sure, but i've always felt it was overrated by every review i ever saw for it. it looked great and there were definitely some great additions in gameplay, but when compared to its predecessor, GTA IV feels somewhat empty and lacking. Saint's Row is very different, and i think it will help fill that void.

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Jed
Friday, August 01, 2008 @ 12:01:21 AM
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Before this article I didnt even know that it was coming to the ps3. It is very refreshing to hear that developers are learning the cell, and that sony is doing more to help them to. We can only imagine what kind of crazy stuff we will be doing with the system once they are able to master the development process.

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