Your First Look At The New Saints Row In Action

Your First Look At The New Saints Row In Action
Screenshot: Volition / Kotaku

The long-teased forthcoming Saints Row game isn’t a remake. It isn’t a remaster. It’s a totally different “re” — a re…boot. Developer Volition announced the news today at the Gamescom Opening Night Live stream. It’s called, simply, Saints Row, and it’s coming out for all platforms next February. Here’s a trailer:

Saints Row, once a relatively popular series of open-world games in the vein of Grand Theft Auto, has had a quiet few years. The last mainline game in the series, Saints Row IV, came out all the way back in 2013, a halcyon era in which two brand-new machines — the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4 — stood poised to change how we play games. (Feel free to debate away on if they did.) Then came the 2015 standalone expansion, Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell. Last year, publisher Deep Silver released a remastered version of Saints Row: The Third. It looked good, but felt so, so old.

Whispers around a new Saints Row game date back to 2019. But over the past week or so, they’ve ramped to a quiet yell, thanks to tweets from Geoff Keighley and the official Saint Row social media feeds. The official website for the series also listed a screenshot with the word “rebooting” plastered in the centre. Kotaku’s Zack Zweizen noted that it probably has nothing to do with the Agents of Mayhem spinoff, which is set in an alternate timeline.

Like the prior games, this new Saints Row is an open-world action game. You play as members of a crime syndicate. You shoot guns and drives from a third-person perspective. It’s set in the American Southwest, and it’s full of explosions, fireworks, and neon colours. It looks all good fun.

The game comes out for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and PC on February 25, 2022.


  • My gut reaction to the characters is an ‘ugh’, but I’ll give it a chance. What remains an ‘ugh’ is the Epic Games store logo at the end of the trailer. Much like THPS1+2, I’ll likely still get it anyway.

    What I am happy, that the trailer doesn’t hint at in the slightest, is that the character creator is back according to the game site itself. Which is a pretty big deal since playing your own Boss was one of the big things of the original quartet.

    Its weird, the full title seems to be ‘Self Made Saints Row’ since it turns up at the end of the trailer as well as on the site itself. So I guess SMSR is a way for it to stand apart.

  • So the crew’s whole plan was to have a guy ride up to a gun deal on a motorcycle and distract the buyers with lame joke?

    • Sounds like something The Boss, Gat or Pierce (Pierce as a butt monkey) would do, so… yeah?

      Of course, the OG crew would’ve backed it up with firepower. Tho I think the one that is used works.

      People had been complaining about the lack of driving, so hopefully this makes up for it.

  • Always tough judging Saints Row games this early. They aren’t traditionally good games. They’re mayhem simulators at their heart so they’re best felt in motion rather than viewed.

    If anything the trailer is a bit worrying for me because it looks like it’s actually trying to be good.

    • A bit like Just Cause in that regard too – though my worry is that with the fun co-op shenanigans Saints Row 3 allowed for, if this leads on EGS or otherwise relies on EOS for multiplayer then it might mean no bug-free drop-in Steam co-op like in previous games.

  • I only really care about ‘fun’ levels in saints row games. So we are still very far away from us seeing if it will be or not.

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