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Saints Row IV
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Developer

Volition

Publisher

Deep Silver (Koch Media)

Platforms

PS3, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows, PS Now, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch

Release date
  • 2013-08-20 (US)[1][2]
  • 2013-08-23 (Worldwide)
  • 2013-09-12 (Australia)
  • 2015-01-20 (US as Re-Elected)
  • 2015-01-23 (EU as Re-Elected)
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Saints Row: The Third Saints Row: Gat out of Hell

Saints Row IV[2] is a game in the Saints Row series.[3]

Saints Row IV is the last and greatest chapter in the epic Saints saga
Deep Silver Volition

Official Description[]

"The only thing we have to fear is fear itself. And aliens. Aliens are also a problem."

Saints Row IV is the epic conclusion to the open world game that changed all the rules. The head of the Third Street Saints is now the leader of the free world—but it's not all drone strikes and drunken interns. Earth has been invaded by galactic overlord Zinyak and it's up to you, the Boss, to free your fellow Americans (and everybody else) from the virtual hell in which they've been imprisoned.

Use the aliens' own arsenal against them. Suck your enemies into the void with the blackhole gun. Drive the Zin crazy with the power of dubstep. Stomp through the city in a bad-ass mech. You can also bend the rules of simulated Steelport to leap tall buildings, outrun sports cars, set aliens ablaze and fling them across the city with your mind. With new and old homies by your side, you will crush the alien threat and save the world the only way the Saints know how: massive wanton destruction.

Ask not what the Saints can do for you. Ask what the Saints can do to the Zin.

Plot[]

Continuing an undisclosed length of time after the "Save Shaundi" ending to Saints Row: The Third[4], the Saints are called to assist MI-6 agent Asha Odekar and her associate Matt Miller, the former Deckers leader. The Saints rescue America from a nuclear missile launched by Cyrus Temple, the former STAG leader, who has gone insane and is obsessed with killing the Saints.[5] After killing Cyrus and saving America from the missile hitting Washington, the Presidency of the United States is unlocked.[6]

5 years later[7], after saving the world[8], Playa is now the President of the United States and is able to make decisions to cure cancer or end world hunger, punch a man in the nads or the head, and decide to either decline or accept Josh Birk's offer to watch Nyte Blayde with Oleg. As Shaundi warns Playa about an attack, the Earth is invaded by the Zin Empire, an alien race led by Emperor Zinyak.[9] Playa is captured by the Zin along with his cabinet, placed in a virtual simulation of Steelport, and must escape in order to have any hope of saving the Earth.[9][10][11]

Playa is then placed in a 50s sitcom simulation in the city of Steelport where violence and foul language are prohibited. Kinzie contacts the boss and helps them escape the simulation, being brought to a new one which is Steelport and run by Zinyak. In the simulation, Kinzie is able to find clusters left around in Steelport and Playa is able to gain super powers. With Kinzie's help, Playa is able to go through a door to their real body, which is imprisoned on Zinyak's ship. They then meet Kinzie and Vice President Keith David, who rescue Playa. As the Saints try to contact reinforcements from Earth, Zinyak destroys the planet and kills everybody who was not already captured by the Zin. Playa vows to get revenge for Earth and to return to the simulation to disrupt it to kill Zinyak.[12] Playa goes to save their other teammates from their simulations, learning their worst fears: Matt Miller's fear of being stuck in a cyberworld he can't control,[13] Shaundi's fear of inadequacy in the face of adversity,[14] Pierce's fear of the Saints image turning on him,[15] Benjamin King's fear of his former gang, the Vice Kings, killing him[16] and Asha's fear of failing a mission.[17]

As the simulation begins to disrupt under the Saints' influence, Zinyak floods virtual Steelport with copies of gang members Playa has faced before.[18] Kinzie determines that the copies are from someone else's memory, which Playa concludes to be Johnny Gat's, who was thought dead. Kinzie and Matt revealed that saving Johnny would reveal the location of the Saints to Zinyak. As the hope for humanity, Playa frees Johnny from his memory of Aisha's death, which he was experiencing over and over again. As they go back to the ship, Johnny reveals that on the plane, he was abducted by Zinyak years before the invasion, in which Zinyak concluded that he could have single-handedly stopped him if left on Earth.[19] The Saints rally in order to prepare to confront Zinyak in the simulation but are ambushed by an army of Zin. As they escape, Kinzie is captured and Playa finds that Keith David had knocked the other Saints out and fled, betraying the Saints. Returning to virtual Steelport, Playa finds Keith has been declared president of the simulation whose motives were for Playa to be killed so that Earth could be restored as Zinyak has promised. As Playa believes that Zinyak is lying, Keith later breaks the deal by saving Playa from Zin which leads Keith to his nightmare of Roddy Piper, who tries to get Keith to think straight. Playa and Roddy work together to find answers on where Kinzie was kept.[20]

Playa rescues Kinzie from her 50s simulation.[21] Kinzie, back on the ship, puts forward a plan to crash the simulation. Working together, the Saints weaken the Zin's power and overload it, managing to shut it down as Playa just barely escapes. Playa leads an assault on Zinyak's ship, where the two confront each other in Zinyak's throne room. The two battle each other, with Playa emerging victorious, keeping true to what they said of how they will kill Zinyak by tearing his head off. Impressed, the Zin Empire surrender themselves to Playa, who becomes the new leader of the Zin.[22]

If all loyalty side quests have not been completed, the Saints plan to take over more planets and are unaware of Jane Austen or time travel.[22]

If all loyalty side quests have been completed, Playa asks Zinjai whether or not Earth can be restored. He says that it cannot, but there is the possibility of time travel to visit Earth before it was destroyed. As the credits roll, there is a clip of the Saints dancing to Montell Jordan's "This Is How We Do It" which also features Zinyak. Zinjai also shows the many humans that Zinyak had collected over the years in stasis, one of them being Jane Austen. As a fan of Jane Austen, Playa wakes her out of stasis revealing she had been the narrator throughout the game.[22]

Features[]

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Missions[]

Main article: Missions in Saints Row IV

Missions provide the narrative of Saints Row IV.

Characters[]

Main article: Characters in Saints Row IV

A large cast of characters provide the driving force of the narrative of Saints Row IV. Both old and new characters are introduced.

Activities[]

Main article: Activities and Diversions in Saints Row IV

As in previous games, Activities award the player with both unique rewards and Respect.

Completing activities will also result in "owning" the surrounding territory, which increases City Income.

Weapons[]

Main article: Weapons in Saints Row IV

Weapons allow the player to engage enemies in combat, both offensively and defensively.

Vehicles[]

Main article: Vehicles in Saints Row IV

There are a large variety of Vehicles, including cars, boats, planes, helicopters, tanks, VTOLs, and hoverbikes.

Bundles[]

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Season Pass - The Season Pass includes two mission DLC packs at a discounted price: Saints Row IV: Enter the Dominatrix and How the Saints Save Christmas. Each of these mission packs are also available for individual purchase. The Rectifier weapon is included with the Season Pass, but is excluded in the censored Australian release.[23]


Development[]

We love our fans, and so that's why with Saints Row IV, we really took this approach of it being like a love song to our fans. We never forget the people that stuck with us this entire time, because that's why we got to where we are. Without Saints Row 1 and 2, there would be no Saints Row 3. Without Saints Row 3, there would never be a Saints Row IV. And so finding ways to go and have the game evolve – but evolve in such a way that doesn't alienate them; that makes them feel that they are a part of the journey, rather than being forced to come along for a ride they never wanted – it's something that's very important to us. It takes a lot of work to make something that's beautifully stupid.
— Steve Jaros (Creative Director), during "Dev Diary #1: Saints Row IV - A Love Song to the fans".[24]

The game was confirmed to be in development prior to Saints Row: The Third's release; THQ's Danny Bilson briefly said in an interview with X-Play on November 9, 2011, "I already know what Saints Row 4 is about, and it is wilder than [Saints Row: The Third]".[3]

It was confirmed to be in development for PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 on May 16, 2012, via the LinkedIn profile of a Volition, Inc. developer.[25]

On June 11, 2012, the new THQ president, Jason Rubin, was quoted as having expressed his distaste over Saints Row: The Third's "tone and crass humor", and noted his intention to change that in future entries. Rubin believed that the game's presentation limited its potential audience, when it could have striven to be the next "Red Dead Redemption or Skyrim" (referring to the two games' critical and commercial successes). Rubin further allegedly stated that Saints Row: The Third was a product of "the environment at the time", and that he aims to change that.[26] Rubin later claimed on Twitter that he had been misquoted, and that it was in fact the interviewer who was embarrassed.[27]

A few days later, on June 20, 2012, Rubin stated that the Saints Row: The Third standalone expansion, Saints Row: The Third: Enter the Dominatrix, had been cancelled and instead would be merged with "The Next Great Sequel in the Saints Row Franchise", allowing the team "more time, more resources, and a broader scope for the project". He also confirmed the game was scheduled for a calendar 2013 release window.[1]

Before the merge with Enter the Dominatrix, the original plot of Saints Row IV was that Ultor had cloned Genghis Khan, Adolf Hitler, and Cleopatra, who would lead the rival factions in the game.[28]

Following THQ's filing for bankruptcy and subsequent closure, the Saints Row franchise along with developer, Volition, Inc., were auctioned off to Koch Media for $22.3 million on January 23, 2013.[29][30][31][32]

Independent game development company High Voltage Software (developer of the Wii video game The Conduit) is helping out with art assets for the game.[33]

Christ Stockman tweeted on February 4th that there is a rough release date of August and the CEO of Koch Media, Klemens Kundratitz, confirmed that the game will be released in 2013.[34]

Deep Silver stated that they had left Volition, Inc. in full creative control of the "long-in-development" game, with "additional time for polishing".[35]

On the 15th of March, 2013, it was announced that the game would appear at PAX East 2013 in some capacity.[36]

On the 14th of May, 2013, a news post on Volition's webpage described Saints Row IV as "The epic conclusion to the game that changed all the rules!".[37] This is the first time a statement has been made to indicate that Saints Row IV will be the final game in the series.

On June 10, 2013, it became apparent that Saints Row IV will likely have official support for mods.[38]

At E3 2013, a 10 minute gameplay demo was available to play.[39]

At Comic-con 2013, a 20 minute gameplay demo was played and broadcast on Twitch.[40]

Sequel[]

On 2019-08-14, THQ Nordic posted that "Volition is deep in development of a brand-new Saints Row game, the first full entry in this much loved series since Saints Row IV was released in 2013."[41]

Editions[]

Collector's Edition[]

On 19 March 2013, the developers asked via Twitter what players would like to see included in a Collector's Edition for the upcoming game.[42] They had "been toying with a lot of ideas", and asked fans to take a short survey and rate several proposed items.[43]

List of proposed items for Saints Row IV Collector's Edition
  • Saints Row T-shirt - "Department of Homeland Saintcurity"
  • Saints2013 Presidential campaign gear (pins, hats, Saints car flags)
  • Voice augmentation device / auto-tune device
  • Pierce, Shaundi, or other Saint figurine
  • Presidential briefcase with kinky handcuff and key
  • Dubstep Doomsday Button
  • Functional (not deadly) in-game weapon replica
  • Johnny Gat Memorial Statue
  • Saints Bazooka-themed Poster Tube
  • "Eagle Jet" RC Helicopter
  • Tie and Tie Bar, Money Clip
  • Sealed Classified Book with artwork (Concept artbook)
  • Steelbook
  • Whitehouse "Security" download card
  • President Seal and / or coin
  • Cloth world map
  • Saints belt buckle
  • Wooden cigar box
  • Ridiculously amazing glass display case with lights

On the 4th of June, 2013, Deep Silver issued a press release stating that the Collectors Edition, dubbed the "Saints Row IV Collector's Edition: the Super Dangerous Wub Wub Edition", would include a 12" Dubstep Gun replica complete with music from the game and laser sight, a Dubstep Doomsday button, and an 8" Johnny Gat memorial statue.[44] A promotional picture posted to the official twitter account states "for more information, visit: www.saintsrow.com", however, there was nothing regarding the collector's edition on that site at the time.[45][46]

Super Dangerous Wad Wad edition[]

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For the record, the million dollar edition of Saints Row is legit.
— Steve Jaros.[47]

A special one-of-a-kind edition of Saints Row IV called the "Super Dangerous Wad Wad edition" was offered for a million dollars. This edition included:

  • Saints Row IV : Commander in Chief Edition
  • A full sized replica Dubstep Gun
  • A full day of spy training
  • A trip to space with Virgin Galactic
  • One year's membership of E25 Super Car Club and a Lamborghini Gallardo to make it worthwhile
  • Plastic Surgery of the purchaser's choice
  • A shopping spree with a personal shopper to create the ultimate Planet Saints capsule wardrobe
  • 7 nights for two at The Jefferson Hotel in Washington
  • Hostage rescue experience
  • A brand new Toyota Prius and insurance to give something back to the environment
  • 7 nights stay in the Top Royal Suite at the Burj-al-arab with flights for two

Steve Jaros confirmed multiple times that the million dollar edition is genuine.[48][47]

Both Forbes and Arstechnica independently calculated the cost of all of the items, concluding that if someone bought it, Volition would make at least $200,000 profit, as the combined cost of the individual items was much less than the cost of the package.[49][50]

Although it was never announced to have been purchased, the link to purchase it no longer works.[51]

National Treasure[]

The National Treasure edition is only available on Xbox 360 and PS3, and contains all previously released DLC[verify].

It includes the Child's Play Pack, which was falsely advertised as being only available for a limited time, and previously only available on PC.[52][53][54][55][56]

The Xbox 360 release contains 2 discs, one of which is the vanilla unpatched game, while the other contains an installer for all the DLC and title updates. Once installed, the DLC and title updates can be removed normally.

Game of the Century[]

The Game of the Century edition is only available on PC, and contains all previously released DLC.

It includes the Child's Play Pack, which was falsely advertised as being only available for a limited time.[52][53][54][55][56]

The DRM-Free version includes the Team Fortress 2 DLC, which was false advertised - as well as re-iterated by Volition staff - as being both a pre-order exclusive, and Steam exclusive.[57][58][59][60]


DLC[]

Several Downloadable Content packs are available to purchase while all DLC is available bundled with the National Treasure Edition, the Game of the Century edition, and Saints Row IV Re-Elected. Re-Elected has a Jezebel and Demon themed outfits and the Lil' Croaker from Gat out of Hell as exclusives to the next gen console ports.

Legend

  • C - Clothing is included in the pack
  • V - Vehicles are included in the pack
  • W - Weapons are included in the pack
  • H - Homies are included in the pack
  • M - Missions are included in the pack
  • S - Super Power Elements are included in the pack
Name Files Size Release Date Cost C V W H M S
Inauguration Station 1.23 GB 2013-12-06[61] Free
Online Pass Disc 172 KB 2013-08-20[62] USD$9.99
Executive Privilege Pack Disc 172 KB 2013-08-20[63] USD$1.99
Voyeur Pack I DLC1 30.79 MB 2013-08-27[64] Free
Presidential Pack DLC1 30.79 MB 2013-08-27[65] USD$2.99 X
Grass Roots Pack DLC1 30.79 MB 2013-09-27 PC[66]
2013-09-29 XB[67]
USD$2.99 X X X
Dubstep Gun (Remix) Pack DLC1 30.79 MB 2013-09-03[68] USD$2.99 X
Voyeur Pack II DLC2 18.57 MB 2013-09-17[69] Free
GATV Pack DLC2 18.57 MB 2013-09-16 PC[70]
2013-09-17 XB[71]
USD$2.99 X X
Wild West Pack DLC2 18.57 MB 2013-09-17[72] USD$2.99 X X
Commander-in-Chief Pack Disc 172 KB 2013-09-25 PC[73]
2013-10-01 XB[74]
USD$1.99 X X X
Volition Comics Pack Disc 172 KB 2013-09-25 PC[75]
2013-10-01 XB[76]
USD$2.99 X
Voyeur Pack III DLC3 614.56 MB 2013-10-22 XB[77] Free
Enter the Dominatrix DLC3 614.56 MB 2013-10-22 XB[78]
2013-10-23 PC[79]
USD$6.99 X X X X
The Super Saints Pack DLC3 614.56 MB 2013-10-29[80] USD$2.99 X
Bradygames Pack DLC1 30.79 MB 2013-10-29[81] USD$1.00 X
Pirate's Booty Pack DLC3 614.56 MB 2013-11-05 XB[82]
2013-11-06 PC[83]
USD$2.99 X X X
Thank You Pack DLC4 41.62 MB 2013-11-12 PC[84]
2013-11-19 XB[85]
Free X X
Voyeur Pack IV DLC4 41.62 MB 2013-11-19[85] Free X X
Element of Destruction Pack DLC4 41.62 MB 2013-11-26[86] USD$2.99 X
Zinyak Attack Pack DLC4 41.62 MB 2013-11-26[87] USD$1.99 X
Hey Ash, Whatcha Playin'? Pack DLC4 41.62 MB 2013-11-03[88] USD$1.99 X
Voyeur Pack V DLC5 399.36 MB 2013-12-10[89] Free
How the Saints Save Christmas DLC5 399.36 MB 2013-12-10[90] USD$6.99 X X X X X
Child's Play Pack PC and National Treasure Edition Only 2013-12-12[91] USD$2.99 X X
Anime Pack DLC5 399.36 MB 2014-01-07[92] USD$2.99 X X
Stone Age Pack DLC5 399.36 MB 2014-01-14[93] USD$2.99 X X X
The Rectifier Disc 172 KB 2013-08-20 Free X

Trailers[]

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Announce Teaser 2013-03-15 On the 15th of March, 2013 a video titled "Saints Row IV Announce Teaser" was uploaded the official Deep Silver youtube account, revealing both the title "Saints Row IV - From the Crack House to the White House", and a release date of August 20, 2013 for North America and August 23, 2013 for the rest of the world.[2]

The Announce Trailer depicts Steelport, with the same style of graphics as Saints Row: The Third, including many identical weapons, vehicles and characters. The 3 Count Casino is unaltered, looking as it did under the Luchadores control. At least 2 new vehicles are shown, including a new monster truck which is not the Atlasbreaker.[2].

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