Volition Inc

Deep Silver Volition, LLC
Subsidiary of Deep Silver
Industry Video games
Founded November 1996
Headquarters Champaign, Illinois, United States
Key people Dan Cermak (General Manager)
Owner(s) Koch Media
Parent Deep Silver
Website http://www.dsvolition.com/

Deep Silver Volition (formerly Volition, Inc., also known as We Got Pwned) is an American video game developer located in Champaign, Illinois. The company was created when Parallax Software was split into two companies, Volition and Outrage Entertainment, led by Mike Kulas in November 1996.[1]

With Interplay Entertainment as a publisher, Volition developed the FreeSpace series of space simulation video games. When Interplay tumbled towards bankruptcy, Volition was acquired by THQ in September 2000.[2] Since then, Volition has developed several acclaimed titles including the Red Faction series, the Summoner series, The Punisher, and the Saints Row series.

As part of THQ's bankruptcy and dissolution in January 2013, Volition was acquired by Deep Silver, changing their name from Volition (legally Volition, Inc.) to Deep Silver Volition (legally Deep Silver Volition, LLC), although they continue to do business as Volition or DSVolition. Only the rights to the Saints Row series, and not other franchises, were included in the transaction.[3]

Games developed

Titles by year and platform
Year Title Mac OS N-Gage Gamecube PlayStation 2 PlayStation 3 Windows Xbox Xbox 360
1998 Descent: FreeSpace – The Great War No No No No No Yes No No
1999 FreeSpace 2 No No No No No Yes No No
2000 Summoner Yes No No Yes No Yes No No
2001 Red Faction Yes Yes No Yes No Yes No No
2002 Summoner 2 No No Yes Yes No No No No
2002 Red Faction II No No Yes Yes No Yes Yes No
2005 The Punisher No No No Yes No Yes Yes No
2006 Saints Row No No Yes No Yes
2008 Saints Row 2 No No No No Yes Yes No Yes
2009 Red Faction: Guerrilla No No No No Yes Yes No Yes
2011 Red Faction: Armageddon No No No No Yes Yes No Yes
2011 Saints Row: The Third No No No No Yes Yes No Yes
2013 Saints Row IV No No No No Yes Yes No Yes

Cancelled games

Titles by year and platform
Year Title PlayStation 3 Windows Nintendo 3DS Xbox 360
2011 Saints Row: Money Shot (Drive-By on 3DS) Yes Yes Yes Yes
2012 Saints Row: Enter The Dominatrix Yes Yes No Yes
2012 Insane Yes Yes No Yes

Saints Row was being worked on for release on the PlayStation 2 under the working title Bling Bling. However, instead of being released on the PlayStation 2, it was released on the Xbox 360 due to the Xbox 360 being next generation hardware at the time and the others becoming outdated. A PlayStation 3 port of Saints Row was later cancelled to focus efforts on getting its sequel, Saints Row 2, to be able to release on PlayStation 3.

Despite their cancellations, a Saints Row: Money-Shot themed DLC was released for Saints Row: The Third and a DLC featuring highlights from Saints Row: Enter The Dominatrix was released for Saints Row IV.

Volition's version of the survival horror game Insane was cancelled to help THQ restructure, although it is now in development by an unknown developer.

History

When THQ filed for bankruptcy, many companies showed interest in the assets of THQ, especially since THQ announced that they will attempt to keep the jobs of their employees by selling their various assets.[4] General manager of Volition Inc., Dan Cermak said that Warner Bros., Electronic Arts, Take-Two, Ubisoft, Deep Silver, and an unnamed group from Chicago all completed site visits in the weeks preceding the sale.[5] Eventually, Volition was acquired by Koch Media for 22.3 million dollars.[6] None of the other companies that showed interest in Volition actually bid except for Ubisoft that bid 5.4 million dollars.[5]

Volition was the second most expensive THQ asset sold during the auction (after Relic Entertainment). It is believed to be worth that much due to the past success of its games that made by the studios such as Saints Row: The Third. In early 2012, Saints Row: The Third sold around 4 million copies from its release date which was in mid November 2011. THQ also claimed that the game's downloadable content packages were performing much better than anticipated.[7]

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