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Saints Row release date, story, co-op, and everything else we know

Find out the latest information on the Saints Row reboot game

Kevin firing an assault rifle on top of a moving car in Saints Row

What is the Saints Row reboot release date is? The Saints Row series has followed the 3rd Street Saints since their inception back in 2006. The open world games have escalated the series’ silliness with every release, going from shootouts with rival gangs, fighting off an alien invasion, and even escaping the fiery clutches of Hell.

It’s been six years since Saints Row: Gat out of Hell launched, and the developers feel like now is the perfect time to reboot the series instead of doing Saints Row 5. Officially unveiled at Gamescom 2021, the rebooted Saints Row was initially received poorly by longtime fans for deviating from the source material. The original characters have been reimagined, the story establishes the beginning of the group, and the gang’s colour has temporarily switched from purple to blue.

Now that the developers are able to speak directly to the fans via Twitter, it appears a lot of the initial anger has died down. Though the reveal trailer doesn’t give too much away, you can expect the same over-the-top gameplay the series is known for when the reboot launches next year. Here’s everything you need to know about Saints Row so far, including the game’s fictional city, who the characters are, and what you can expect from the story.

Saints Row release date

The Saints Row release date is August 23, 2022. Volition and Deep Silver announced the delay from the originally scheduled February 25, 2022 release date via Twitter. In the statement, Volition’s chief creative officer, Jim Boone says, “the team just need more time to do our vision justice; we’re doing some fine tuning and there won’t be much change in the game outside of overall quality and polish”.

Saints Row setting

The setting for Saints Row is the fictional city of Santo Ileso, located in the American Southwest. The inner city is split up into nine unique districts, each sporting a different theme and culture. The trailer mainly focuses on desert areas on the outskirts of Santo Ileso, but the main game is set to include harbours, golf fields, and more.

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Saints Row story

The three founding members of the Saints gang in the reboot are: Kevin, the DJ party animal, Neenah, a mechanic with a background in art history and anthropology, and Eli, the leader of the group. Kevin and Neenah used to be part of rival gangs prior to starting up their own group. In order to pay off their student loan debt, the characters joined forces to start a criminal empire.

Santo Ileso is no stranger to crime, featuring three prominent gangs: Idols, Marshalls, and Los Panteros. The Idols crave fame, and they’ll do anything to be seen and heard – they wear robot masks and brightly coloured suits to make themselves stand out. Marshalls are an international business that operate like a gang; they utilise cutting edge technology to eliminate their targets. Finally, Los Panteros are the most traditional gang out of the bunch, prioritising strength and melee weapons above all else.

Once the Saints get up and running, players can purchase properties in any of the regions to establish new bases across the city. The devs have used Breaking Bad’s Gus Fring as an example: build your own fried chicken empire that secretly houses copious amounts of drugs. Purchasing property is a great way to expand your crew while making some extra money on the side. You don’t have to go down the route of drugs and fast food, other examples include car shops, arms dealerships, and toxic waste dumps.

Kevin, the Boss, Eli, and Neenah line up to take a photo in Saints Row

Saints Row returning characters

The developers confirmed in a Twitch stream shortly after the reveal that none of the original Saints Row characters are going to make an appearance in the reboot. The three new characters share similarities to the original founders: Johnny Gat, Shaundi, and Pierce, respectively. Though this hasn’t been confirmed, it looks like these new characters have been created using aspects of several characters throughout the series.

Saints Row create a character system

The fourth founding member of the Saints gang is the Boss, a character designed entirely by you. The Saints Row games have always featured an extensive character creator system, and the devs claim the latest iteration of this system is “bigger and better than ever”.

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The latest trailer gives us a glimpse of what we can expect, including plenty of clothing options, a range of builds, and even metallic skin to create a cyborg. The character creation system also expands to vehicles and weapons, allowing you to create a cohesive style across all aspects of your gang.

Saints Row co-op

Saints Row supports drop-in, drop-out co-op no matter where you are in the game. Volition’s executive producer, Rob Loftus confirmed to Polygon that every mission in the game is a co-op mission. Volition also revealed that Saints Row supports cross generation multiplayer, though this doesn’t apply to PC players. Saints Row also doesn’t support cross-platform multiplayer, so PC players won’t be able to join their console friends.

And that’s everything you need to know about Saints Row. If you’re looking for a brilliant game to play with your friends, here are the best co-op games on PC. Can’t wait until Saints Row releases to run your own criminal empire? Check out the best crime games on PC to fill the gap until next year.