The new owner of the franchises will take good care of them
Koch Media, the parent company of Deep Silver and the new owner of developer Volition and franchises Saints Row and Metro, has confirmed through the voice of its CEO that the two upcoming titles, Saints Row 4 and Metro: Last Light, will both come out in 2013.THQ's bankruptcy auction, in which the publisher sold most of its properties and internal studios, had some surprising results, chiefly because German company Koch Media spent many millions on the publisher's Volition studio and on two big franchises: Saints Row and Metro.
Koch, which owns publisher Deep Silver, revealed at that time that the studio and the two properties are a great fit for its growth plans.
Now, Koch CEO Klemens Kundratitz has talked about his company's future with GamesIndustry, saying that it doesn’t want it to become the next THQ.
"Many people didn't really see us as a player in the industry. They didn't really understand what we're doing," he says. "I appreciate that we now get more of the spotlight with these new IPs, but, having said that, we are not ambitious to be the next THQ.
"We have always tried to find our own way, and do business in a way that we believe is right for us. We don't want to copy other people's success stories. We are passionate about Deep Silver, and we are obviously investing significantly now, but at the same time we have a strong, value-added distribution business in Europe, which will continue to be a tent-pole in the future.
The Koch CEO also emphasized that there isn't any doubt concerning the launch of both Saints Row 4 and Metro: Last Light this year. What's more, he also mentioned that Koch is in a unique position to greatly promote Metro through Europe, where it already has lots of fans, and to allow developer Volition to go wild with Saints Row 4.