Available November 1st 2011, for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Microsoft Windows, the Initiation Station serves as free downloadable content for all players that allows them to create their own characters, as well as allowing players to share and download created characters with other players in the community on the Saints Row website.
Those who bought Red Faction: Armageddon or the Saints Row Double Pack gained early access to the Initiation Station. Also, gaming website GameSpot gave out free codes for early access.
The Initiation Station's filesize is 872.32 MB on Xbox or 754MB on PS3.
Through Xbox Live, it is only available to people with gold membership. It can also be transferred via a usb drive, but characters cannot be saved locally.
It only allows for a maximum of twenty customizations to be stored.
As of 9th November 2011, over 1,000,000 characters have been created in the Initiation Station.
Not all of the costumes in Saints Row: The Third are in the Initiation Station.
The "Shake Fist" taunt is only available in the Initiation Station.
The "Crooks and Castles Jeans" lower body clothing piece is only available in the Initiation Station.
The "Basic Parachute" backpack clothing piece can only be customised in the Initiation Station.
The Initiation Station has disappeared with no explanation from the Playstation Store. There is still an ad for the Initiation Station in the store, but it links to the Saints Row: The Third store page. People who previously downloaded it from the store can still download it by accessing the download list.