Grab Your Dildo Bat - SAINTS ROW IV Announced

This sounds utterly insane.

Saints Row is back. The fourth installment of the first sandbox game of this generation of consoles will be hitting later this year. But how do you top a series that's becoming increasingly silly and over-the-top? You turn the Saints into superheroes, that's how.

In the next open-world installment of Saints Row, Deep Silver Volition continues the story of the Third Street Saints by elevating their status to the highest level – the leaders of the free world. 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.

Those alien powers apparently include the ability to leap buildings with a single bound, run faster than a speeding bullet, and throw things around with telekinesis. Have to admit, it might be just what the series needs, after the third installment (my review) was a bit of a step down from the ridiculous second. A little bit of a Crackdown infusion might be what it needs!

One thing that's remarkable about this game is that it's coming out at all. After THQ went bankrupt the state of the studio was up in the air, but Volition was acquired by Koch Media, who's cranking out new titles under their Deep Silver label, which did such a commendable job of selling Dead Island to the world. Saints Row IV was deep in development when this happened so fans should be happy it was snatched up so fast, and hope for the best at their new home. Saints Row IV will launch on Xbox 360, PS3 and PC on August 20th, 2013 in North America, August 23rd the rest of the world. Prepare.

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