Saints Row 4 in Development – Even “Wilder” Action

Even though the third installment of Saints Row series, Saints Row: The Third was just released about 2 months ago, Saints Row 4 is already in the first phase of development. Saints Row: The Third, also known as Saints Row 3, was released on the 15th of November 2011 for PC, PS3, and Xbox 360 in the US. Saints Row series is now the main rival of Rockstar’s renowned Grand Theft Auto series since they have similar gameplay elements and genre.

Saints Row is an action free-world adventure sandbox game developed by Volition and published by THQ. It is now THQ’s primary project because Saints Row series have attracted a lot of fanatics and maniacs thus making this game a new cult in recent gaming industry. The first and second Saints Row games until now has sold over 6 million copies and declared as the best-selling video game franchise. The original Saints Row is well-known because it was the first sandbox game in Xbox 360 before Grand Theft Auto 4 showed up.

The first and second game tells about a gang called the Third Street Saints in a fictional city called Stilwater somewhere in Michigan. We play the role of Third Street Saints leader. In the game, the main character struggle and fight to control the city of Stilwater and to prevent other evil entities taking the city from Third Street Saints. In Saints Row: The Third, players still take control of the leader of Third Street Saints, but now Third Street Saints has become a big criminal organization. The story takes place in a city called Steelport. Third Street Saints is not fighting some “small fish” gangs anymore nor old corrupted police gays, they are now in a clash with a world-class criminal organization dubbed The Syndicate.

Reviewers had given Saints Row a high mark, over 80 at least. The second game, Saints Row 2 also got nearly the same score with the first one while the third game has 4 times the amount of pre-orders compared to the second one. People generally praised the gameplay mechanism that is not the same as other sandbox games. In Saints Row, we make our own character with massively-crazy editing capabilities. You can make a bald girl with Gandalf’s beard or naked withering old man. Other than that, there is the respect points to level up your character, inserting a bit of RPG element. You can buy rackets and businesses your gang’s funding sources. Customizing how your gang looks, the vehicles, the headquarters, is also possible. There are also choices you can make in the game that have different outcomes. Saints Row is giving us a crazy sandbox game style without getting it too vulgar. But still, because it involves alcohols, shootouts, criminal activities, and partial nudity, it receives the rating mature from ESRB.

Saints Row 4

Saints Row 4

Looking at the sales and enthusiasm of fans, Danny Bilson, Core Games executive vice president of THQ has announced that Saints Row 4 is already in development. He said in an interview on November 8th 2011 that he already knows what Saints Row 4 is about and it is gonna be even “wilder” compared to its predecessors. THQ is really confident about this Saints Row 4 project. In fact, THQ’s confidence is not only in Saints Row 4, but also Homefront 2 and Warhammer 40K: Dawn of War that was announced just shortly after the release of the latest entry of the franchise.

Maybe you are currently playing Saints Row 3, causing explosive mayhem in Steelport and messing around with the leader of Third Street Saints. While you are still enjoying it, THQ has already start developing Saints Row 4. Although I know that you think Saints Row 4 is gonna be a mad dog, there is actually no actual details yet about the game. So, what do you think about it?