With its begin as a competitor to Rockstar Video games’ Grand Theft Auto, the Saints Row sequence finally discovered its id as a self-aware and extra humorous tackle the AAA open-world recreation. Whereas Saints Row IV noticed the sport at its most absurd, injecting superhuman powers and a plot involving alien invaders, the third recreation balanced its over-the-top and zany motion with a extra grounded narrative in regards to the titular gang turning into a franchise, and was all of the weirder for it. And now, Volition and Deep Silver are revisiting Saints Row: The Third for a brand new remaster on PC, PS4, and Xbox One.
Set for launch on Might 22, Saints Row: The Third Remastered may have you re-establish your gang because the world’s prime group by taking over many missions and actions with an arsenal of firearms, weird automobiles, and obscenely-shaped melee weapons. The Remastered version is the whole model of Saints Row: The Third, that includes all the recreation’s DLC and expansions in a single package deal. Together with that, the remaster updates the sport’s visuals with a brand new lighting engine and utterly reworked textures. The unique recreation was a mash-up of off-the-wall humor and pop-culture references, which pushed the bounds of what the builders name “exagereal”–essentially the center floor between grounded and exaggerated realities.
Previous to its announcement, writer Deep Silver/Koch Media and developer Volition confirmed us an early take a look at the sport in motion, whereas additionally going into element in regards to the making of this remaster. In response to the builders, which incorporates Volition and Sperasoft (the studio behind the port), they selected to remaster the third recreation within the sequence, versus the primary two video games, as a result of Saints Row: The Third stays a well-liked recreation, and was the one which helped outline the sequence.
“We consider Saints Row: The Third as a masterpiece, and from our perspective, it is the place the sequence actually discovered itself,” stated Koch Media lead artwork director Nikolay Stoyanov. “After we went again into this recreation, we had one main consideration, and it was that we actually needed to carry that [game] again in a specific approach, and never simply as a easy remaster with 4K help. It needed to have modernized graphics and applied sciences, to pump up that engine to make it extra attention-grabbing.”
When speaking in regards to the specifics of how this remaster overhauls the sport’s visuals, Volition artwork director Frank Marquart acknowledged that the replace of the sport enhances lots of the weather that made Saints Row: The Third so memorable.
“On the art-side, we name that art-style within the recreation “exagereal,” and it was designed to evoke that exaggerated, over-the-top expression with simply sufficient of actuality to maintain it grounded,” stated Marquart. “In order that actual a part of “exagereal” is definitely a lot, a lot stronger within the Remastered version. In terms of the surfaces, the lighting, it is all enhanced. Simply seeing Steelport on this re-creation is thrilling. It actually seems nice, and it is thrilling to see.”
Whereas lots of work has gone into the remaster, some concessions needed to be made for the replace. Although on-line co-op will nonetheless be obtainable, split-screen co-op for native play has been eliminated for the remaster. Together with that, the console ports shall be set at 30 frames-per-second, whereas the PC launch will run on the full 60 frames-per-second.
With that stated, Saints Row: The Third Remastered is shaping as much as be a stable revisit for one of many sequence’ best video games. And judging from the footage we noticed, it seems to be maintaining with the sequence’ penchant for open-world thrills and hijinks, all fueled by a killer soundtrack–which will stay intact for the brand new launch. For extra on Saints Row: The Third Remastered, examine again with us at GameSpot for extra when it releases on Might 22.
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