With the recent sale of THQ, it wasn’t completely out of the question that some of the games we were looking forward to might be pushed back to the latter half of the year, or possibly beyond. While that was the case with South Park: The Stick of Truth, games like Metro: Last Light fared a little bit better release date-wise, being pushed back only a few weeks. However, it seems that even games that didn’t have a solid release date are transitioning to their new homes fairly well, as the first post-THQ entry in the venerable Saints Row franchise has been given a release date. For this summer.
Saints Row IV picks up the story of the 3rd Street Saints after the gang’s head honcho has been elected President of the United States. Unfortunately, the gang doesn’t have the chance to rest on their laurels, as the Earth is invaded by an alien force that traps the Saints in a simulation of Steelport city. In order to escape from the mental shenanigans of the alien Zinyak, the Saints must use the arsenal of alien technology and weaponry at their disposal within the simulation. These technologies will grant the Saints ultimate destructive powers, turning them into psuedo-super heroes within this simulation. They’ll have to use these new powers to escape the simulation, or die trying.
… Wait, what did I just write? That sounds insane! It seems that the transition from THQ to Deep Silver hasn’t forced Volition to reign back any, and this next entry will be filled with just as much over-the-top insane action as the previous entry, ad infinitum. What? Don’t believe me? Here’s a quote from the release:
“…with intensified action and enhanced customization, players can use their newfound superpowers and leap over buildings, outrun the fastest sports cars, or send enemies flying with telekinesis in the greatest, most insane installment of Saints Row yet.”
Yeah, I’m totally serious. Things are about to get wicked cool in SimSteelport.
You can check out the trailer and first few screenshots below, as you ready yourself to combat this alien invasion. In case you couldn’t figure it out yourself from that description, this trailer is absolutely ridiculous. It’s a safe bet the game will be just as crazy when it releases for the PC, and current-gen consoles on August 20th.