With Saints Row IV hitting stores later this year in August, developer Volition wants to take the future of the series in a “different direction.”
Design director Scott Phillips has confirmed that Volition intends for Saints Row IV to be a bookend for the current cast of characters and for the future of the series to have a fresh start in some regard.
During an interview with GameReactor, Phillips spoke first on Volition’s process for creating a world even crazier than Saints Row: The Third and how daunting that idea was at the time:
“I remember telling people: ‘I don’t know how we’re going to top this. We’ve got a mission on Mars, we’ve got a heli-carrier, we’ve got zombies. Where do we go from here?’ But everybody took a vacation, we came back, started fresh, and very quickly we came up with: ‘Well we’ve got to have… let’s do superpowers. It’s something we’ve always been talking about. Wouldn’t it be great to run as fast as a car, or jump over a building, or be able to pick up somebody with your mind and throw them across the city.’
“Things started snowballing from there. You know, fighting aliens came out of that because we needed an enemy that properly fights you, and then being the President felt like the next logical step from being a celebrity. So it all sort of came together. We definitely have a mentality of like: ‘Alright, we did that last time. We’ve got to that, plus one. We’ve got to do better than that this time.’”
After pushing ideas for Saints Row IV beyond the previous game, Phillips said that Volition recognized that if they wish to continue the franchise the fifth Saints Row would need a breath of fresh air:
“We’re definitely considering Saints Row IV sort of the end of that saga of this character and the Saints as they are.
“So if there’s any more future Saints Rows – which you know we always hope there will be, we hope there’s fans for future games like that – they will probably continue in a different direction.” [sic]
Saints Row IV will be blasting its way onto shelves in August of this year for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC.
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