Saints Row The Third Remastered Looks Bloody Gorgeous

Saints Row The Third Remastered Looks Bloody Gorgeous

Saints Row The Third Remastered leaked earlier in the week, but we now have a brand new trailer to gawk at and a confirmed release date of May 22 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC.

The trailer leans into the smash-bang ridiculousness that the Saints Row series has become known for, but it also shows off just how stunning this remaster is. Skies are re-rendered in salmon pinks and glowing hues, streets shine brightly and character models are crisp and clean.

You can check out the release trailer in all its shiny glory below.

Every texture, character model and visual has been updated for the refresh, rather than a much simpler across-the-board upscale. In a game preview shared with Kotaku Australia, the team emphasised the importance of upgrades to lighting and shadows in particular.

Saints Row The Third was originally released in 2011 and the capabilities of game engines and visual graphics have advanced phenomenally in that last decade. The game doesn’t look bad now, but there’s a certain blockiness, jank and lack of sharpness when replaying it today.

New technology has allowed developers Sperasoft to make a smorgasbord of changes to the game – all of which were listed in a press release provided to Kotaku Australia.

They include (but are not limited to):

  • New lighting engine with physical based rendering and global illumination
  • New ambient occlusion methods
  • TAA and FXAA implementation
  • Enhanced fog with volumetric effects
  • HDR sky support
  • HDR rendering
  • Increased traffic and pedestrian density
  • Enhanced depth of field and motion blur
  • Improved VFX
  • Enhanced environment reflections
  • Extended post process
  • High resolutions textures, UV corrections and unified Texel Density
  • Enhanced foliage rendering and grass view distance
  • Removed animation compression
  • Enhanced planar reflections tech

You can view some comparison shots here.

Saints Row The Third Remastered Looks Bloody Gorgeous
Saints Row The Third Remastered Looks Bloody Gorgeous

The care taken here is clear, as is the passion that Deep Silver continues to have for the Saints Row franchise. Saints Row The Third is good, ridiculous fun and this remaster will give a whole new audience the chance to experience it for themselves.

Saints Row The Third Remastered released on May 22 for PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4.


  • Still hoping that one day they remaster/remake the original and release it from the shackles of 360 exclusivity. (And Australian classification changes so we can get the uncut SR4)

  • I was considering replaying SR3 literally yesterday. I had no idea there was a remaster in the works.

    Very excited.

    Though the trailer should have Power from the original trailer. Not generally a Kanye fan, but that song speaks Saints Row to me.

  • The original PC port of SR3 was a bit of a graphical powerhouse on capable systems already, and co-op was a lot of fun! I appreciate the current lack of Steam store listing for the remaster though – now I can just be mildly disappointed for a year instead of super grumpy about dodgy bait-and-switch tactics.

    Would have been nice if they’d been able to increase player count for co-op though.

  • Wish they would do it for 2 instead. 3 was where it went too far over the top for me. 2 was one of the best games ever. The story clips alone were amazing and made the game itself.

    • I liked 2 and 3 in equal amounts, 2 had a *lot* of issues for me, but was still great. 3 had heaps of issues too. 4 was just… I mean I enjoyed moments but it just wasn’t Saints Row to me.

      • Yeah I actually got the platinum in Saints 3 without even trying too much, was just a lot of fun to keep playing.

        SR4 gets too silly, but SR3 does have that GTA factor still, but giving you the more insane gameplay which GTA has moved away from.

        Prettier graphics though won’t make me replay this again.. sorry

      • Absolutely loved 2.

        Only issue I had was the AI being an absolutely unbalanced monster on some of the side missions/challenges. I recall more than one moment of frustration trying to complete certain things with a friend while all the AI cars would handle like sports cars yet stick like you were driving into a tank pointlessly hoping to push it off the road.

    • A small group of employess within the company are currently working on a sought of remaster of 2. They rediscovered the original source code for 2 last year and all that has been announced is that they found the code and a small team is working on making a new release.

    • yeah 3 started going down the weird hole a bit much. it was fun but, damn was 2 something amazing.

  • It’s been ages since I played SR3, but I recall one of the main gags being the Saints selling out and becoming corporate parodies of themselves, so it seems almost too perfect that this one is an Epic exclusive for PC.

    Then again, considering this is generally the weakest of 2-4 (IMO), and the original and all DLC has been on sale many times for like, 5 bucks, and still looks and works fine, I don’t know how much of a market there would really be for this on PC anyway, especially at that price point.

  • The care taken here is clear, as is the passion that Deep Silver continues to have for the Saints Row franchise.The only passion for the Saints Row franchise they have at the moment is milking the games that did well for all they’re worth after Agents of Mayhem (Set in the SR universe after one of the endings of Gat Out Of Hell) flopped. Even then, Gat Out Of Hell was already pushing the series’ ability to turn a dollar.

    I can only hope that they use it as a springboard into a resurgence of the series though I feel at this point a complete reboot would work out better rather than trying to continue from AOM.

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