THQ boss shrugs off GTA V worries

By Johnny Cullen, Thursday, 3 November 2011 08:56 GMT

THQ boss Brian Farrell has shaken off any worries between Grand Theft Auto V and Saints Row, saying the two are in a “completely different positioning.”

Farrell’s comments came hours after Rockstar debuted the fifth installment on the mega franchise, an event that even caught up on THQ’s CEO.

“I went online like everyone to see the GTA trailer,” he said regarding a question on if GTA V will affect pre-orders for Saints Row: The Third in THQ’s Q2 financial conference call last night.

“As you point out, it’s a high quality trailer and I think it’s going to be another fantastic game in the GTA series.”

Farrell went on to add the trailer also showed “the completely different positioning of the two games.”

“GTA is still serious and character driven – a very different experience. Saints Row – if you saw our video today [this be the one – JC] – it shows you all the crazy stuff in the game.

“It’s a totally different positioning, and if you read the forums it’s like ‘hey, I love GTA, and I love this game because it’s a very different game that knows what it is and is very entertaining.'”

Farrell said in the call that pre-orders for SR: The Third are four times higher than they were for Saints Row 2.

Saints Row: The Third launches in Europe on November 18 for PS3, 360 and PC. Grand Theft Auto V, despite its grand debut yesterday, is still without platforms, let alone a date.

Thanks, Eurogamer.

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