Deep Silver and Volition just announced Saints Row IV, sequel to the critically acclaimed action title Saints Row: The Third.
"Deep Silver and Volition present the climactic chapter of the saga that changed all the rules and blew the minds of a generation,"
Saints Row IV - From the Crack House to the White House
The ball-busting next chapter in the Saints Row franchise, is starting a party in your pants this August.
The game will be out August 20 in the USA and on the 23rd Worldwide, on WIndows PC, Playstation 3 and Xbox 360.
People hoping to play this game on the Wii U are sadly out of luck, as a rep from Deep Silver confirmed.
People who enjoyed their Super Powers in the "Trouble with Clones" DLC or the Aliens and Spaceships in the "Gangstas in Space" pack will be overjoyed by this new title. Judging from the above Wallpaper, Shaundi and Kinzie will be back for more as well!
You are becoming President of the United States and will be fighting off an Alien invasion!
According to new publisher Deep Silver, the game starts with the Saints' leader elected president of the United States. Then there's an alien invasion, and the player is thrust into an alien-created simulation of Steelport. In that world, characters can use alien tech against their aggressors and even gain access to superpowers. You can see some of those in action in the announce trailer [above], including flight, power dives, the ability to freeze opponents, and more.
I doubt anybody would have expected Deep Silver and Volition to announce the next SR title this soon after DS's purchase of the Intellectual Property from the bankrupt THQ. Only roughly two months have passed since THQ's sale of various franchises, so it is fairly obvious that the development of SR4 had been fairly advanced under THQ already.
In fact, Saints Row The Third was planned to receive a bigger DLC/Expansion pack, called Enter the Dominatrix, but Jason Rubin (co-founder of Naughty Dog), who replaced the former THQ President in May 2012, told developer Volition to instead merge the expansion content with a sequel, and go all in with a full new title instead.
Considering this, it is clear why the new Trailer for SR4 looks almost identical to The Third, at least on a graphical level. Judging from the trailer alone, however, it is safe to say that the whacky, over-the-top madness of The Third made its way into the 4th, and is upping the ante for the franchise even further.
Saints Row The Third was one of THQ's strongest titles in recent years, which explained the high sum of $22.3M Koch Media / Deep Silver paid for developer Volition and the Saints Row IP back in January.
One thing might be worrisome, however; Deep Silver is not entirely well known for stable release builds, and often rushes games out before they are ready. Both Risen 2 and Dead Island have received lukewarm to below average ratings from both critics and consumers alike, with Risen 2 standing at 69 / 47 / 60 points out of a hundred on Metacritic, for PC / PS3 / X360 respectively, and a userscore of roughly 5/10. Dead Island at least managed to score 80 / 71 / 71, with a userscore of 6.5 to 7.0 depending on the platform.
Both games suffered from a highly buggy release state and lack of substance; both were Open World games, like Saints Row, but failed to populate their worlds in a satisfying manner.
Let us hope that Volition's experience and the SR3 core used for the sequel will be enough to avoid such an unpleasant launch for Saints Row IV. Maybe the upcoming launch of Metro: Last Light, which Deep Silver also purchased (for $5.8M) from THQ alongside Saints Row and Volition, will shed some more light on DS's release policies and treatment of projects they have recently taken over.
Be it as it may, the Saints are gearing up for more madness of a higher scale later this year!
In case you are getting all giddy already, check Gamersgate this weekend!