Saints Row IV, the next installment in the open world sandbox franchise, has released a new gameplay trailer today. From what has been shown so far, the team at Volition has found a way to crank the series insanity factor to new heights. Continuing the story of the Third Street Saints, the former street gang who are now well known and loved celebrities, have finally made their way into politics.
Players will once again take control of the leader of the Saints who is now also the President of the United States of America. If that didn’t seem crazy enough, the plot centers on an alien invasion by a race called the Zin. Don’t believe me? Just take a look at their press release:
“Today Deep Silver and Volition released a simultaneously awesome & terrifying new trailer showcasing all-new in-game footage for the upcoming Saints Row IV for Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and PC platforms. As the President of the United States of ‘Merica, you are a presidential ass-kicker delivering justice Saints-style to the invading alien empire, the Zin. Your out of this world powers are second-to-none, as is your ability to deliver a perfect nut-shot. BOOM.”
Created partially from the ashes of the cancelled Saints Row the Third DLC Enter the Dominatrix, Volition reworked a large portion of the downloadable content to make it a fully-fledged sequel. The new game is said to be equal in length to its predecessor and will feature superpowers such as telekinesis, super speed and strength along with an insane arsenal such as the dubstep gun that kills people via the power of the new age music trend. Staying true to the series, your character will be fully customizable appearance wise, often creating some hilarious results. It’s not every day the president of the United States runs around in nothing but a leather harness.
Saints Row IV also marks the first game in the series not published by the now defunct THQ. With both the rights to the series and Volition itself purchased by Deep Silver, a publisher with titles such as Dead Island and Risen under their belt, it will be interesting to see what new management has in store for the larger than life gang.
Saints Row IV will launch for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC on August 20th.