It’s very, very early to start speaking about Saints Row V if you’re only considering the details that’ve been released by Deep Silver / Volition. It’s also early so suggest that the game might be near completion, given the amount of time that’s passed between each successive release in the series. But the rumblings have begun, nonetheless, and the first official details could be here as soon as August 29th, 2014.
Clues: Bits and Pieces
PAX Prime begins on August 29th and ends on September 1st, 2014. According to NeoGAF, the session(s) will take place throughout the day on the 29th starting at 10AM local time and attendees will need to book a 30-minute appointment.
"Unannounced Title from Volition
If you want to be the first to hear what the title is, attend the panel, "QUIZ SHOW HOUR WITH VOLITION - PROJECT REVEAL & PRIZES!" Friday, August 29th at 10:00am in the Sandworm Theatre. We will be booking limited 30-minute appointments for this title."
According to Aubrey Norris, Deep Silver’s PR and Marketing boss, "(╯°□°）╯︵ ┻━┻". We’ll go ahead and assume this means something big is going to happen at the event, or at least to the table Norris is standing nearest.
Over at DSVolition you’ll find that Volition is looking to fill several positions, at least one of which suggests they’re creating "an unannounced AAA 360/PS3 title." That would mean a re-make or a boost of a game like Saint’s Row 2. They’re also seeking out creators for "AAA Xbox One, Playstation 4, and PC titles" - of course.
BONUS: Back on the 18th of December, 2013 (well after Saint’s Row IV was released), comedian and voice actor Jay Mohr suggested he’d be returning to the Saint’s Row lineup. His Twitter handle @JayMohr37 said "about to do my voice over work for new Saints Row video game."
Back in September of 2013, Saints Row PC mod creators from IdolNinja dot com were invited to speak about their experience with Saints Row IV and the rest of the franchise. There they speak about the potential this game has and what they plan for the future.
What better way to celebrate the entire series up to this point than a multiplayer online battle arena tossing the whole collection into the mix at once?
Saints Row IV Definitive Edition
The most recent DLC to be released for Saint’s Row IV came out in February. Of this year. It should be very clear that Volition is still working on the game right this minute - or at least they’ve not abandoned it entirely.
It should be safe to assume that this game has enough potential to receive another edition, given the trend in re-releasing games with amped-up abilities over the past several months. Imagine the potential for Saint’s Row IV on the PS4 and Xbox One - and the game being re-represented at the release of SteamOS.
Dead Island 2
In reality though - don’t get too pumped up about a Saint’s Row release inside of the year 2014. We’re far more likely set to see Dead Island 2 before we see Saint’s Row: Whatever’s Next.
The trailer for Dead Island 2 is "Pre-Alpha" and was released for the first time on the 11th of August, 2014. That’s earlier this week, and it represents a work in progress without a doubt. Here’s hoping for just as much of a smooth ride as we’re seeing now.