Developer Volition has confirmed that it is aware of the problems that PC players are having with Saints Row: The Third and is working on eliminating them, although at the moment it lacks a clear schedule for a new patch.
Gamers have reported issues with hardware including AMD and ATI graphics cards, including the 5000 and 6000 series, and the players are having both periods of stuttering and an overall slowdown.
A company representative has written on the official forum of the game saying, “Our team has provided multiple patches and updates attempting to correct this issue by adjusting key parts of Saints Row: The Third at the guidance of AMD/ATi, and they have shown mild improvement.”
He added, “Those with SLI no longer see micro-stuttering, and based on our performance tests, we’ve been able to increase overall performance. For those with affected cards, we’re still not up the level of quality we all expect from a Volition game, and we thank you for your patience as we work with AMD for a solution.”
The developers at Volition have said that they will offer more information when they have a clear solution and when a patch is ready for deployment.
The team was working on an expansion for Saints Row: The Third called Enter the Dominatrix, which was supposed to be launched before the end of the year, but publisher THQ has decided to cancel it.
The content that was initially designed to be included in the expansion will be part of Saints Row 4
, which THQ has confirmed as being in development.
It’s not clear whether the new game will be launched on the PC, the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3 or whether it is being one of the launch titles for the upcoming generation of consoles from Sony and Microsoft.