There were plans last year for a Saints Row 3 expansion entitled Enter The Dominatrix, but publisher THQ made the call to cancel Dominatrix as an expansion and instead focus on increasing the new content to justify the release of an entirely new game. Now that THQ is no more, Deep Silver has picked up the Saints Row franchise, developer Volition, and a few pages from the THQ playbook as Saints Row IV has been revealed with a trailer that showcases some of that previously seen content. Here's the press release:
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.
Saints Row IV lets players delve into an arsenal of alien weaponry and technology that will turn each Saint into an ultimate entity of destruction. Utilize out-of-this-world superpowers to fight all the way to the top. With intensified action and enhanced customization, players can use their newfound superpowers and leap over buildings, outrun the fastest sports cars, or send enemies flying with telekinesis in the greatest, most insane installment of Saints Row yet.
Save the world, Saints Style.
There are elements of that canned Dominatrix expansion here, sure, but also plenty of new material that takes the Saints Row franchise further and further from its original status as a Grand Theft Auto knock-off. Following on from the last Saints Row 3 downloadable expansion which introduced superpowers to the gameplay, it looks like Saints Row IV has been injected with portions of inFamous and Crackdown. It also looks completely insane (which is what I've come to expect and demand from this franchise). Good thing? Bad thing? We'll find out this August.