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Saints Row has a new game in the works, not a spinoff

Word of a new Saints Row game has arrived alongside a flurry of studio acquisitions by publisher THQ Nordic.

According to an announcement by THQ Nordic, developer Volition is "deep in development" on a "full entry" in the Saints Row series. The game has yet to receive a title or release date.

Saints Row fans have not seen a core game in almost six years, with the last, Saints Row 4, dropping back in August 2013. A spinoff, Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell, followed in 2015, with Volition switching their focus to action adventure title Agents of Mayhem in the interim.

THQ Nordic also provided an update on the TimeSplitters series, which they acquired the rights to in 2018. Though they did not directly confirm that a new game had entered development, they shared that series co-creator Steve Ellis has joined the team "to help plot the future course for this franchise." 

Good news for TimeSplitters fans, who haven't received a new entry since TimeSplitters: Future Perfect in 2005, though this raises questions about the future of TimeSplitters Rewind, a fan-developed mod that has been in development since 2012. Crytek, the previous publisher of the series, granted the group permission to create the remake which will feature story and multiplayer modes. 

THQ Nordic also announced three major acquisitions today, adding over half a dozen studios to their growing empire. The first is Italian developer Milestone S.r.l. (formerly Graffiti), a studio known for propelling MotoGP, MXGP, RIDE and Monster Energy Supercross to popularity. Gunfire Games, who developed the Darksiders 2 remaster and Darksiders 3, will also join the THQ Nordic family.

Capping off their shopping spree, THQ Nordic acquired video game investment company Goodbye Kansas Game Invest. This purchase comes with the contracts for five early stage development studios: Fall Damage, Framebunker, Kavalri, Neon Giant, and Palindrome Interactive. It also secures the royalty rights for upcoming THQ Nordic title BioMutant.

Look out world, THQ Nordic means business.