Rumors of a Saints Row reboot have been floating around for a couple years now, and it’s finally happening. As of yesterday, the prospect of the open-world crime saga turned bonkers comedy epic getting a fresh start for the current generation of gaming graduated from mere speculation to flat out confirmation.
Video game hype ambassador Geoff Keighley of The Game Awards promised an imminent reveal at the Opening Night Live event which he’s hosting for Gamescom next week. He tweeted that “We are “Bossing” it with our announcements this year” and tweeted an image of a brick wall with graffiti that reads, “rebooting.”
That very same tweet also provides a bit.ly link to the Saints Row official website, which has been updated to feature the same image. “Bossing it,” should be read as an allusion to The Boss, the customizable player character in every installment of Saints Row, whether they’re the leader of the gang, an international media celebrity or the President of the United States.
The Saints Row Twitter account confirmed that the reboot will be a “whole new game” and “not a remaster or remake.” We should expect the rest of the details at Gamescom. Opening Night Live will stream on August 25 at 11am Pacific, 7pm UK or 12 midnight Philippines time. Which means those of us living in Southeast Asia will have to stay up late to catch the announcement.
That being said, sleeping in is valid, so don’t stay up just to be marketed to if you don’t want to. But if you’re a Saints Row fan sure go crazy, it’s your life.
Launched in 2006, the original Saints Row was a warmly received Grand Theft Auto knock-off with little to differentiate it other than its more light hearted tone. It was with the third game, Saints Row: The Third, that the series acquired its reputation for off-the-wall craziness, culminating in Saints Row IV which took place in a simulated reality, featured aliens and gave players super powers.
The last release was 2015’s Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell, a standalone expansion that cast you as series favorite Johnny Gat (Daniel Dae Kim) as he and unhinged hacker Kinzie Kensington attempt to rescue The Boss from Satan. The canonical ending of that game saw the creation of a new reality that led to Agents of Mayhem, the poorly received Saturday morning cartoon adventure released in 2017.
The new reboot site lists original developer Volition in its legal branding, so its reasonable to assume that they will be handling the reboot.