This morning, Dead Island publisher Deep Silver announced that Volition’s Saints Row IV would be headed to current-gen consoles and PC on August 20 in North America, with a worldwide release three days later.
If you’d like to know what kind of insane hijinks and chicanery you’ll be getting up to this time around, here’s the official description from the announcement press release:
“In Saints Row IV, the head honcho of the Saints has been elected to the Presidency of the United States. But the Saints are just getting started. Now the larger-than-life insanity of the Saints series gets a new twist with a catastrophic alien invasion, and the aliens have transported the Saints to a bizarro-Steelport simulation. Wield gargantuan superpowers and fight to free humanity from alien granddaddy Zinyak’s mental grasp. Escape the simulation that’s trapped the Saints crew, or die trying.”
Haha, I just thought of this: United Saints of America! Get it? That second word sounds like that other word. Puns! Anyway.
We’ve known for a while that Saints Row IV was in the works at developer Volition, but obviously things hit a bit of a snag when that company’s publisher-owner, THQ, filed for bankruptcy early this year and was sold off piece-by-piece. Koch Media, the parent company of Deep Silver, swooped in to buy Volition and the rights to publish the Saints Row franchise.
It’s also important to note that the press release was pretty specific about only coming out for current-gen consoles—meaning that anyone hoping for a PS4 or next-Xbox release is probably out of luck.
Now, the other question is whether or not “current-gen” includes the Wii U. No word yet, though I suppose we’ll find out more as that late-August release date approaches. Never mind. GameInformer asked Deep Silver if Saints Row IV will hit the Wii U, and the answer was, in a word, “nope.” That settles that!
What do you think of what Deep Silver announced this morning? Does this get your giblets quivering? Do you love to cause Saints-style mayhem, and you’re itching to jump back in? Let us know in the comments.