Restart Saints row It was announced in August of last year and took many people by surprise. Despite the traditional atmosphere of guerrilla warfare that perpetuated the saga, everything seen in the first video was completely different: the atmosphere, the heroes, the aesthetics … If at this point you still have any doubts that the new game will be completely different from the original, it’s good preparation.
The voxel Was invited by Deep Silver (the publisher) to watch a no-interference presentation (we didn’t play, we just saw a long gameplay) of the title. We also had the opportunity to engage in a conversation with part of the development team.
Before showing the trailer with gameplay, developer team Volition has replicated the video below, which deals with customizing the next game. It’s important because it really showcases one of the corners of the new game.
The degree of customization is impressive. In addition to more trivial aspects, such as skin tone, eyes, hair, eyebrows, lips, and body shape, it will be possible to place mechanical arms and legs, dozens of accessories and even fun tampons in the areas of the genitals and nipples.
And it will not only be the main character that the player can form, as the vehicles and weapons will also be customizable. The idea, according to the developers, is to make the experience in the city of Santo Eliso very personal.
Really open world
Turning to previously unreleased material, new gameplay footage is beginning to give an idea of how vast Santo Eliso will be and will be open to exploration in nine regions and environments, from the most desert to urban.
The new world, called “Vibrant”, looks very interesting to explore by car, like a good game inspired by GT. While driving through the streets, it was possible to notice that the lighting and shadow effects are very beautiful, as it should be the title that will be released for PS5 and Xbox Series X.
To recreate the environments, the Volition team drew inspiration from locations such as New Mexico, Nevada and Dallas (USA). Areas are photographed and digitized to generate a sense of reality and recognition in the landscape.
“I’ve never seen a city like this in a game before,” said Brian Traficant, Creative Director at Volition.
Saints Row’s desert landscape attracts attention for its light and flora.
The promise is that there will be hundreds of ways to solve challenges and interact with Santo Eliso. In addition to the traditional car, the world can be explored with helicopters, tanks, jet planes, trucks, motorcycles and much more.
In this exploration, a cell phone – which will also be used for personalization – will be one of the allies, since it will be possible to access GPS and indicate points of interest. One fun tool is that some cars have launchers that can be used to activate the winged suit to glide through the city. When the wing is active, it will be possible to bounce at some points to gain altitude again and even land on vehicles, in a mechanic very similar to mine Just a reason.
In parts of the game, it will be possible to take out the guitar to sing and play with the audience.
With these options, the player will have a great deal of freedom to decide how to reach the locations and face challenges that involve navigation and destruction. This brings us to the next topic.
Although nothing revolutionary, fighting Saints row It looks like it’s going to be one of the highlights of the title. The choice of weapons in the best roulette style shows that there will be several options, from the most traditional, such as pistols, automatic rifles and machine guns, to the electric ball launcher.
The fun side continues. The player will be able to use unusual equipment, such as weapons that leave enemies in a neon state so that they can be recognized at night or create barriers.
In addition to distance combat, there will also be the option of melee combat. The sequence of punches and kicks has a rhythm, and although it does not come close to games like Arkham seriesit will be very important to control groups and be aware of enemy attacks.
If you can’t fight, you can escape from enemies in Saints Row.
The combat dynamics, which is based on a system called Flow, looks simple, but it draws attention to allow for special moves and “perks”. One of them is the iconic lever strike, as well as the fire punch which takes a lot of health from enemies and can be a differential especially against gangs with more physically stronger members, as is the case with Los Panteros. Meanwhile, the group of idols, the pink gang from the first trailer, will attack in droves.
The ability to confront the executioners “in their hands” and with a weapon allows them to mix tactics, increase the scope of the confrontation and give some freedom to choose the best way to defeat rival thieves.
There will also be in-vehicle fights. In the car, for example, you will have to face the police in pursuits. In these cases, it will be possible to collide with police vehicles, damaging and even blowing up the trackers.
The shootings promise to be crazy in Saints Row.
If the player wants to, they can shoot from inside the car and even climb into it, in case they need a better field of view – and a neater one. An excerpt from the gameplay showed the cops that it would be possible to steal their shield for a one-on-one confrontation with cover.
Missions and Characters
Saints row He has frantic tasks. One of the missions featured in the video is a Los Panteros heist, in which the player uses a helicopter to reach another point in the city and ends up facing a group of rival gang. From inside the flying vehicle it will be possible to shoot the enemies on the ground.
In order for players to be able to do something in this huge world, there will also be alternative quests such as Side Hustles, which are called “New Opportunities” to earn money. These side objectives will also provide experience that can be used to develop the character’s skill tree.
With the money, there are dozens of options for what to do. The main thing shown in the video is customization. The money can be used not only to buy new clothes, but also to buy items to customize the Saints headquarters, which is a meeting point for members of the game’s hero faction and you can earn statues and other customizable items.
Will joke and even show a partner as a customizable character.
By the way, Saints are an interesting aspect of the reboot. In contrast to the original title, the group consists of more diverse members who are not much like what we stereotypedly define as “bandits”.
In this new game, the player will continue to be the protagonist and aim to destroy rival groups to take control of Santo Eliso (supported by Nina, Kevin and Ellie). However, this time, the plot looks more “realistic”.
The heroes of the film were criticized for not looking like a “gang”.
The feeling that things are different from the original will be in the colors, in the dialogues, in the city, and in the objectives of the game’s heroes. The plot will show young people looking for money to pay off a student loan, for example. This change of direction sparked a lot of complaints, but the directors remained firm in the idea of updating the series with elements that could generate more appeal to a large group of fans.
“Everything is different because we wanted to offer something completely new. We are excited to see it [o jogo lançado]Trafficker said “The best part [de trabalhar no reboot] This is what we heard [dos jogadores]The director laughed, noting that Volition didn’t care much about the criticism it received.
More seriously, he already mentioned that the developer not only wanted to make a spiritual successor, but wanted a different work. And while the project was fun, the project was challenging.
To make everyone feel an unprecedented feeling when walking through New Santo Eliso, history has been reconstructed more seriously. However, this does not indicate a lack of humor. exactly the contrary.
Traficante explained: “Everything is different because we wanted to offer something completely new”
According to the producers, there will be some similarity in the humorous tone of Saints Row: The Third Game. However, a good mood will be filled with moments of reflection. Mission writer Jeremy Bernstein explained, “Despite the silly moments, we thought we needed to give the player emotion. So in some parts there is a strong emotional issue behind that.”
“It’s hard to maintain the emotional side when there’s a character dressed up as a hot dog, but we tried,” added Jennifer Campbell, the game’s screenwriter.
Why are you playing the new? Saints row?
In addition to discussing why they understood the series needed a fresh start, Volition’s cast spoke extensively about gameplay decisions. When asked if it was possible to play in first person perspective in a vehicle, Trafficker denied it, stating that the vehicular combat he envisioned would be in third person.
User Interface Artist Danielle Benthen noted that the HUD can be modified and that items can be placed at the bottom or top of the screen, as the player prefers. It will also be possible to leave the screen completely free of information and use the accessibility options. So, Saints row It can be played by people with visual or mobility impairments, has several levels of difficulty and resources to eliminate the need to press buttons for a long time, for example.
Another novelty – not new to the series – is the co-op mode. It will be possible to play the entire campaign with a friend or alone, and there are missions that are designed to be better enjoyed with the company.
Saints Row co-op mode will contain mechanics to develop both characters together.
The team further clarified that some items will be unlockable, but it wasn’t clear if there were paid options, for example. In addition to simple aesthetic accessories, some customizations will be central to the plot, according to Kenzie Lindgren, a user experience (UX) designer, who said choosing clothes can make it easier to encounter certain factions.
The dealer explained that teams are already making final adjustments to the game. The director said that in providing a reason for those who did not like the first trailers and the information released so far Saints row It would be possible to do “virtually anything” on the streets of Santo Eliso.
The player will be able to explore [a cidade] In hundreds of ways, “he emphasized.” “Each gameplay video will show the person playing differently. It may be the same mission, but everything will be different. We distribute the activities throughout the map and [o reboot de Saints Row] It’s real sand,” he promised.
It was due to be released on February 25, 2022, Saints row been postponed. Now the game is expected to launch on August 23 for PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S.