Saints Row: The Third’s Enter the Dominatrix expansion will no longer be released as an add-on to that game.

Instead, the apparently “huge” expansion will be incorporated into Saints Row 4, said THQ.

"When I looked at the Enter The Dominatrix expansion in production at Volition, I was blown away by the ideas and desire to expand the fiction of the franchise," said THQ President Jason Rubin.

“I asked the team what it could achieve given more time, more resources, and a broader scope for the project. We all agreed we wanted to play that game. When it comes to Saints Row, it’s clear our fans want bigger, better, and even more over the top, and that’s why Enter The Dominatrix will now be incorporated into a vastly expanded, full-fledged sequel, scheduled for calendar 2013.”

For THQ investors the delay translates to less revenue in 2012, and THQ lowered its financial target for this year by USD$20 million accordingly.

The Saints Row franchise has been one of few bright spots for the troubled company as of late.

Saints Row 4’s tentative title is “The Next Great Sequel in the Saints Row Franchise”.