The Third Street Saints is back, but there’s no cast of characters that fans of the series might remember. After they conquered the galaxy, the story of the original Saints came to an end. But developer Volition revealed today that the franchise is being rebooted with a new title simply named Saints Row is set for release February 25, 2022.
While the franchise is being rebooted, Saints Row will not abandon any of its core tenets. Players are still gangsters, and the game itself promises many quirky and out-of-the-box levels. However, Saints Row will be more grounded than previous releases in the franchise. Players won’t go to hell and fight Satan, and they won’t have superpowers. Instead of, replace, Saints Row will have more in common with Saints Row 2. Players will build their gang and take over the game’s city, block by block.
Saints Row will take place in Santo Aliso, a vibrant city inspired by the American Southwest. The game’s map will also be larger than any of the previous installments in the franchise and will include a city, its remote suburbs, and vast expanses of wilderness. Players will slowly take over the city with a new system called Criminal Ventures. By using their power, financially or with many guns, the player can occupy land in the city’s districts and put whatever they want there. In an early presentation, the developers at Volition gave an example of how players can place hazardous waste dumps in Santo Aliso’s financial district.
Of course, Saints Row would still be a, well, Saints Row game. Players will be able to go through the entire game with a co-op partner, customizing their character from head to toe, and wielding an arsenal of weapons. The game’s developers have also made it clear that this isn’t a bad and dark reboot. Saints Row will still have the humor of previous entries, with activities like Insurance Cheating, in which players plunge themselves into oncoming traffic, taking center stage.
Saint Row will launch on February 25, 2022, for PlayStation 4 and 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and PC.