The reveal of Saints Row at Gamescom Opening Night Live 2021 yesterday wasn't exactly a surprise, but it was great to finally see it in action - albeit briefly. While we'll most likely hear more news over the coming months before its February 25, 2022 release date, some more details about the game have dropped already.
According to an Xbox Wire post, the team at Deep Silver Volition has "completely rebooted the game, with a brand-new setting, new characters and new tone". Set in the fictional city of Santo Ileso, players will be able to take over nine various districts and two deserts, controlled by three enemy factions: Los Panteros, The Idols, and Marshall Defense Industries.
You'll get to make your own character yet again with "extensive customisation options". There will also be "an arsenal of customisable weapons", along with "cars, bikes, VTOLs, helicopters, and wingsuits" to utilise. All of this chaotic action has also been confirmed to support two-player co-op.
Speaking to The Washington Post, chief creative officer Jim Boone talked about how the aim is to create a more "grounded game than Saints Row IV" and how the reboot is a step back into the series' roots.
“It’s hard not to be a more grounded game than ‘Saints Row IV. There truly isn’t anywhere to go past that. Even though we loved the mechanics with all the superpowers, there isn’t a whole lot of runway to go past that. It’s why it was a pretty easy decision to go back to our roots and do something that was more contemporary.”
Boone also reinforced that the new story is focused on brand-new characters, so fans expecting to see the series favourite Johnny Gat may be disappointed. Although, the developers have reportedly stated Easter Eggs will be hidden throughout the game.
Don't expect Saints Row to take itself too seriously though. Iconic side objectives such as Insurance Fraud will return, and the action is promised to be an over-the-top spectacle. Boone also finished by stating the map will be the "most diverse sandbox" to date.
It's sounding to be a step in the right direction for the series. It's been a long time since Saints Row IV, which was a massive departure from the series and dealt with an alien invasion within a simulated version of the game's world. Hopefully, the Saints Row reboot can capture the magic once again.
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