Saints Row 4 and Metro: Last Light publisher Deep Silver is not interested in next-gen consoles like the PS4 and soon-to-be-announced next Xbox (or Xbox 720 as its popularly referred to as). While the publisher acknowledges that they will some day be on next-gen consoles, it's unlikely their games will appear there at launch.
"I would safely say that you'll see us there," Deep Silver COO Geoff Mulligan told Game Informer in the latest issue, "but not on the first day."
"It's the same reason: the pioneer versus the settler," he added, referencing the company's lack of plans for the Wii U. "Being there on the first day, that's for the big guys."
Those big guys are likely to be EA and Activision who will duke it out with blockbuster shooters like Battlefield 4 vs Call of Duty; but, with Deep Silver having acquired quite a few AAA franchises, like the aforementioned Saints Row IP, I find it funny that they don't consider themselves a "big guy." Here's why they don't, apparently.
"We're a small, guerilla tactics company," Mulligan said. "People say, 'Oh, you acquired Volition and Metro, you're going to be a triple-A publisher. What separates us from a triple-A publisher is that I don't really have a desire to be a triple-A publisher."
Just because Mulligan doesn't consider himself a triple-A publisher doesn't mean he thinks less of his company. In fact, he argued that Deep Silver is "much better than the Activisions, EAs, and Ubisofts of the world. They are valued at three billion dollars.' I say the difference is that we make money."
Deep Silver stands to make a ton of money this year with the releases of Dead Island: Riptide, Metro: Last Light, and Saints Row 4. As it currently stands, none of those games are headed for next-gen consoles. Saints Row 4, which is the latest launch of the three, is due out on Xbox 360, PS3, and PC on August 20, 2013. Although it's around the "launch window" of the PS4, which doesn't yet have a release date, there are no plans to bring the game to next-gen consoles.