Saints Row: The Third is getting a remastered edition on every modern platform except for the Switch, which is fine, I guess, because that system just got a port of the game last year.
But today, publisher Deep Silver announced Volition’s 2011 open-world action game is getting a full remaster on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, and it’s set to launch on May 22. The remaster has been developed by Sperasoft, who has given the nearly decade-old game a nice new coat of paint, including: remodeled weapons, redesigned vehicles, and has retextured a “vast proportion of the city.” The remaster has reworked roughly 4000 assets, along with a new visual effects thanks to Sperasoft using a new lighting engine.
While the visual makeover might be enough for some people, Saints Row: The Third Remastered also comes with all of the original game’s DLC, from the story expansions Genkibowl VII, Gangstas in Space, and The Trouble with Clones, as well as over 30 pieces of cosmetic DLC. So if you’re looking for an efficient way to see everything that Saints Row: The Third had to offer, it’s all wrapped up neatly in one package here.
Check out the full reveal trailer below, which shows direct comparisons between the original Saints Row: The Third and the remastered version:
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While the Switch isn’t getting in on this particular remaster, the system got the game last year as Saints Row: The Third, The Full Package, which contained everything the remastered version does just without the updated visuals on top of it all.
Outside of all these ports and remasters, the Saints Row series has been kind of dormant for a bit, having not had a new game since spin-off Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell launched in 2015 on PC, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, and Xbox 360. The last mainline game in the series was Saints Row IV, which came out in 2013 for PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360. Two years later, the game came to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and then the Switch followed just this last March.
Beyond that? Saints Row has been pretty quiet. However, publisher THQ Nordic said in a financial report that a new game is in development at Volition, but there was no word on when that would be coming, or what systems it would be available on. Considering the timeline, it wouldn’t be a stretch to assume that a hypothetical Saints Row 5 could be coming to PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X. But should the game come out in the first year or so of these system’s lifetimes, it wouldn’t be out of the question for it to come to both those systems, as well as their predecessors, as the PS4 and Xbox One will have significantly higher install bases for the next few years. Assuming both systems make their currently-planned Holiday season launch, given the coronavirus pandemic.