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|Saints Row IV|
|Publisher||Deep Silver (Koch Media)|
|Platforms||PS3, Xbox 360, PC|
|Release date||August 20, 2013 (US) |
August 23, 2013 (Worldwide)
September 12, 2013 (Australia)
- "It's a good example of how you take what you have and you say, 'What can happen in the next?'"
- — Danny Bilson
Continuing on from the "Save Shaundi" ending to Saints Row: The Third., 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.  After killing Cyrus and saving America from the missile hitting Washington, the Presidency of the United States is unlocked.
5 years later after the events of saving America,, The Protagonist 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 the protagonist about an attack, the Earth is invaded by the Zin Empire, an alien race led by Emperor Zinyak. The Protagonist is captured by the Zin along with his cabinet and placed in a virtual simulation of Steelport, and must escape in order to have any hope of saving the Earth.  
The Protagonist is then placed in a 50's sitcom simulation in the city of Steelport where violence and foul language are prohibited. Kinzie contacts the boss and helps them escape the simulation by Zinyak, being brought to a new one which is Steelport run by Zinyak. In the simulation, Kinzie is able to find clusters left around in Steelport and are able to gain super powers. With Kinzie's help, The Protagonist 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 the Protagonist. As the Saints try to contact reinforcements from Earth, Zinyak destroys the planet and kills everybody who was not already captured by the Zin. The Protagonist vows to get revenge for Earth and to return to the simulation to disrupt it to kill Zinyak. The Protagonist goes to save their other teammates from their simulations revealing their worst fears. Matt Miller's being stuck in a cyberworld with Killbane trying to kill him, Shaundi past, calm, fun-loving self, Pierce's fear of the Saints image turning on him, Benjamin King's fear of his former gang members; the Vice Kings killing him and Asha's fear of failing a mission.
As the simulation begins to disrupt under the Saints influence, Zinyak floods virtual Steelport with copies of gang members the Protagonist has faced before. Kinzie determines that the copies are from someone else's memory in which the Protagonist 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, The Protagonist frees Johnny from his memory of Aisha's death in 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 his invasion in which Zinyak concluded that he could have single-handedly stopped him if left on Earth. 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 finds that Keith David had knocked the other Saints out and had fled showing that he betrayed the Saints. Returning to virtual Steelport, The Protagonist finds Keith has been declared president of the simulation whose motives were for the Protagonist to be killed so that Earth could be restored as Zinyak has promised. As the Protagonist believes that Zinyak is lying, Keith later breaks the deal by saving the Protagonist from Zin which leads Keith to his nightmare of Roddy Piper who tries to get Keith to think straight. The Protagonist and Roddy work together to find answers on where Kinzie was kept.
The Protagonist rescues Kinize from her 50's simulation. Kinzie, back on the ship, then emerges a plan to crash the simulation. Working together, the Saints weaken the Zin's power and overload's it, managing to shut it down as the Protagonist just escapes. The Protagonist leads an assault on Zinyak's ship where the two confront each other in the Protagonist's new iron suit. The two battle each other with the Protagonist victorious, keeping loyal to what they said of how they will kill Zinyak by cutting his head off. Impressed, the Zin Empire surrender themselves to the Protagonist who becomes the new leader of the Zin.
The Protagonist asks Zinjai whether 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, The Protagonist wakes her out of stasis revealing she had been the narrator throughout the game.
There is also a non-canon ending where if the player doesn't complete all loyalty side missions, the Saints plan to take over more planets and will be unaware of Jane Austen or the return of Earth.
- "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".
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]".
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. Rubin later claimed on Twitter that he had been misquoted, and that it was in fact the interviewer who was embarrassed.
A few days later, on June 20, 2012, Rubin stated that the Saints Row: The Third standalone expansion, 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.
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.
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.
Deep Silver stated that they had left Volition, Inc. in full creative control of the "long-in-development" game, with "additional time for polishing".
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!". 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.
At E3 2013, a 10 minute gameplay demo was available to play. 
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.
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 appears unaltered, before it was a Crib. At least 2 new vehicles are shown, including a new monster truck which is not the Atlasbreaker.. In the PAX Demo, it was shown that this vehicle is an Infuego XL.
Collector's Edition Edit
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. They had "been toying with a lot of ideas", and asked fans to take a short survey and rate several proposed items.
|List of proposed items for Saints Row IV Collector's Edition|
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 included 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. 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. 
- "The ball-busting next chapter in the Saints Row franchise, is starting a party in your pants this August."
- — Saints Row IV Announce Teaser description
- "The climactic chapter of the saga that changed all the rules and blew the minds of a generation"
- — Saints Row IV Announce Teaser text
- "In the next open-world installment of Saints Row, Deep Silver Volition continues the story of the Third Street Saints by elevating their status to the highest level - the leaders of the free world. In Saints Row IV, the head honcho of the Saints has been elected to the Presidency of the United States. But the Saints are just getting started. Now the larger-than-life insanity of the Saints series gets a new twist with a catastrophic alien invasion, and the aliens have transported the Saints to a bizarro-Steelport simulation. Wield gargantuan superpowers and fight to free humanity from alien granddaddy Zinyak's mental grasp. Escape the simulation that's trapped the Saints crew, or die trying.
Saints Row IV lets players delve into an arsenal of alien weaponry and technology that will turn each Saint into an ultimate entity of destruction. Utilize out-of-this-world superpowers to fight all the way to the top. With intensified action and enhanced customization, players can use their newfound superpowers and leap over buildings, outrun the fastest sports cars, or send enemies flying with telekinesis in the greatest, most insane installment of Saints Row yet.
Save the world, Saints Style."
- — Press Release 
- "One Nation Under Wub: Saints Row IV Collector's Edition Announced
Four score and eight weeks ago our marketing department brought forth on this continent, a new Collector's Edition, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all wub is created equal
Larkspur, Calif., June 4, 2013 - Saints Row IV fans learned the power of democracy today as Deep Silver announced the details of its highly anticipated fan-sourced Saints Row IV Collector's Edition: the Super Dangerous Wub Wub Edition. The Super Dangerous Wub Wub Edition is now available for preorder at all participating North American retailers in limited quantities.
In this ball-busting, open-world and-other-PR-words installment in the Saints Row franchise, developer Volition continues the story of the Third Street Saints by elevating their status to the highest level - the leaders of the free world. But the leaders of the free world are under attack from an alien invasion in the land of the free, and it's up to you and your gang to save the world, Saints-style.
Included in the Super Dangerous Wub Wub edition ($99.99 USD) is a 12 inch Dub Step gun replica capable of rendering your enemies absolutely speechless with the power of wub. The ultra-high quality weapon replica packs a party with a bitchin' design, sweet tunes directly from the in-game Dubstep Gun and a laser sight. Make no mistake, it's time to get down.
Additionally the Super Dangerous Wub Wub Edition comes with an awe-inspiring 8 inch Johnny Gat Memorial Statue for all Saints to be able to pay tribute to the greatest Saint while kicking ass in the name of Liberty. Future generations will gaze upon Johnny's grandeur while learning the history of his glorious murdering sprees with the Third Street Saints.
And because no president is ever without "the button", the Super Dangerous Wub Wub edition comes with a pocket-sized Dubstep Doomsday Button so fans can drop bombs on the go.
Fans purchasing the collector's edition will also receive all in-game items from the Commander in Chief pre-order bonus, which include a Screaming Eagle VTOL that fires rockets out of its talons and can invoke the "Sonic Scream" attack, a limited-edition American-iconic 'Uncle Sam' uniform decked out in the American flag colors and a stimulus package of epic proportions - the 'Merica gun - everyone's American dream weapon.
The Super Dangerous Wub Wub Edition of Saints Row IV is now available for preorder in North America and will only be available as long as supplies last."
- — Press Release
- Saints Row IV is the seventh instalment in the series.
- The game extensively references the movie The Matrix.
- Both protagonists are trapped in a computer simulation.
- Both protagonists obtain superpowers in the simulation.
- Both protagonists face their own common enemy with superpowers like them.
- Antagonists in both contained millions of people within their simulations.
- Antagonists in both attempt to destroy the "real world".
- Antagonists in both can morph and possess people within each simulation.
- Main article: Game trailers
A large number of promotional videos have been revealed covering the game; including trailers, gameplay and developer commentaries.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Press Release: Saints Row: The Third • Enter the Dominatrix Now Part of Something Bigger Than Itself
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 YouTube: Saints Row IV Announce Teaser
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 G4TV: Saints Row 4 Confirmed, To Be "Wilder" Than Saints Row 3
- ↑ Twitter: Steve Jaros' remark about the Canon ending about SRTT.
- ↑ Mission: Zero Saints Thirty
- ↑ Image: Presidency unlocked
- ↑ Youtube: The Saints Wing Gameplay footage
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 Mission: The Saints Wing
- ↑ Youtube: Gameplay footage
- ↑ Mission: A Pleasant Day
- ↑ YouTube: Dev Diary #1: Saints Row IV - A Love Song to the fans (U.S. Version)
- ↑ Eurogamer: Volition developer lists Saints Row 4 for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360
- ↑ Destructoid: New THQ president wants an adult humor-free Saints Row
- ↑ Twitter: @Jason_Rubin: @carlwatkins No. The interviewer ...
- ↑ Polygon: THQ dissolved, studios sold off, CEO announces in letter to staff
- ↑ Joystiq: Report: THQ assets divided
- ↑ GamesRadar: THQ's developers, licenses picked up by multiple buyers
- ↑ Kochmedia: 2013-01-24 Koch Media aquires[sic] IP rights for Saints Row & Metro and development studio Volition
- ↑ Twitter: @VG_Dave: High Voltage Software (The...
- ↑ IGN: Saints Row 4 Could Come as Soon as August
- ↑ Twitter: We're leaving @VolitionInc ...
- ↑ Twitter: Coming to PAX East next week? ...
- ↑ Volition: Saints Row IV: Commander-in-Chief Edition
- ↑ idolninja.com: The Modding News Destined to Change Everything
- ↑ Image: File:10_minute_demo_limit.png
- ↑ Image: File:Saints Row IV - PAX Demo
- ↑ Twitter: We want your thoughts on what ...
- ↑ Kwiksurveys: Survey
- ↑ 29.0 29.1 Press Release, via Joystick: Saints Row IV Collector's Edition
- ↑ Twitter: Collector's Edition promo image
- ↑ Image: Collector's Edition promo image
- ↑ Press Release, via Joystick: Saints Row 4 gets pimpin' August 20
- ↑ Games in the "Saints Row" franchise:
1. Saints Row
2. Saints Row (mobile)
3. Saints Row 2
4. Saints Row 2 (mobile)
5. Saints Row: Total Control
6. Saints Row: The Third
7. Saints Row IV.
Saints Row: Money Shot is not counted, as it was not released.
|Games in the Saints Row series|
|Saints Row • Saints Row 2 • Saints Row: The Third • Saints Row IV|
Saints Row (mobile) • Saints Row 2 (mobile) • Saints Row: Total Control • Saints Row: Money Shot