Since the third game in the series, comedy has been a big part of what makes up Saints Row’s distinctive identity. That will still be the case when the rebooted Saints Row arrives early next year, but Volition says it won’t be rehashing the same jokes and tone that characterised the earlier open-world games.
“We talk a lot about the previous Saints Row games, and we’re very proud of them,” says Jim Boone, chief creative officer at Volition. “We love those games, but we also recognise that those are games of a time – they made sense within that era. We were able to do things that felt good back then, but that tone is not something that we feel we even want to do today.”
Saints Row 3 and Saints Row 4 leaned hard into being lewd and crude, but both games were surprisingly touching at times, skipping the outright cynicism and meanness of some of their notable competitors. Still, Boone and the team at Volition feel that there are some gags that probably are better left in the past.