Saints Row 2 shipments top 2.6 million

THQ CEO and president Brian Farrell has confirmed that Saints Row 2 has shipped over 2.6 million units since its launch last year.

Speaking during an earnings call last night detailing the publisher’s key releases for the fiscal year 2009, Farrell stated, "… we are focusing on delivering one to two high quality titles targeted to the core gamer each year. Today we have shifted more than 2.6 million units of Saints Row 2 posting sales in excess of $100 million on this title.”

"Saints Row 2 achieved a Metacritic rating of 82 and we marketed the game aggressively. The conclusion, when we focus make a great game and market it aggressively we succeed."

"We intend to apply these three steps to the upcoming launch of games like Red Faction: Guerrilla and Darksiders. Our goal with each of these titles is to launch high quality games, market it aggressively into windows where we can win,” added Farrell.

He also highlighted the success of WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2009, which has shipped over four million copies to date.

Farrell went on to say, "… we are the leaders in the fighting category and we are looking to expand this in two ways. We look into these new games based on the WWE brand and our first games spends on the ultimate fighting championship this spring."

"Specifically in March we look forward to launching a new game WWE Legends of WrestleMania in conjunction with WWE’s WrestleMania 25 event."

"In UFC we have one of the most exciting new brands and we are delivering a fun, high quality game that truly captures the mixed martial arts sword."