Volition, Inc. placed Saints Row: The Third in Steelport to support the plot from Saints Row 2, and because they believed Stilwater was losing its novelty.[reference?] It was founded in 1827 by blue collar industrialists and was named after Joe Steel. This city is now poorly financed due to economic failure; the city itself has slums and beggars. The city consists of four districts: Downtown in the center, New Colvin in the east, Stanfield in the north west and Carver Island in the south west. Additionally, Steelport has its own National Guard.
It is heavily industrialized and has slowly fallen into the hands of the criminal organization The Syndicate. This is evident with the neighborhood of Loren Square and the Syndicate Tower, named after Phillipe Loren. It is described by Shaundi as "Bangkok's abusive father". It is most likely close to Stilwater, as the Saints are known there, and many Planet Saints are dotted around the city, as well as the presence of Ultor waste-disposal plants on Arapice Island.
The city's population is lower than that of Stilwater[reference?], but it has more high-rise buildings.
As the player advances the narrative of Saints Row: The Third by completing missions, the physical appearance of Steelport will alter significantly.
Act 1 Edit
- The top section of Syndicate Tower will be destroyed and continuously billow smoke if the player chooses to detonate the bomb at the end of "The Belgian Problem".
- The Syndicate Tower will change color from red to purple (at night) if the player chooses not to detonate the bomb at the end of "The Belgian Problem".
Act 2 Edit
- The Safeword brothel will become a skyscraper after being unlocked as a Stronghold and Crib after completing "Pimps Up, Hos Down". Its second upgrade makes it even taller. The red light it emitted across the skyline from its spotlights becomes purple, to show its change of ownership from the Morningstar to the 3rd Street Saints.
- STAG will populate Steelport and can be commonly found in the Downtown district after completing the mission "Gang Bang". The Thermopylae can be seen in the south, to the east of Port Pryor.
- The Burns Hill Reactors nuclear power plant will become a skyscraper after being unlocked as a Stronghold and Crib after completing "Stop all the Downloading". Its second upgrade makes it even taller. The blue light it emitted across the skyline from its spotlights becomes purple, to show its change of ownership from the Deckers to the 3rd Street Saints.
- The wreckage of the Thermopylae can be seen in the ocean east of Port Pryor after completing the mission "My Name is Cyrus Temple". After STAG declares martial law, the bridges to the Downtown district become permanently raised, allowing for Stunt Jumps. The district also becomes a restricted zone, giving one unit of law enforcement Notoriety.
Act 3 Edit
- Arapice Island will be covered by a thick cloud of green smog after completing the mission "Air Steelport"; the crashed plane from the mission can also be found on the island, and the island itself will be permanently populated by zombies (despite apparently removing the source of them in "Zombie Attack").
- The 3 Count casino will become a skyscraper after being unlocked as a Stronghold and Crib after completing "3 Count Beat Down". Its second upgrade makes it even taller. The green light it emitted across the skyline from its spotlights becomes purple, to show its change of ownership from the Luchadores to the 3rd Street Saints.
- The remains of the large statue on Magarac Island can be seen after completing "Three Way" if the player chose to kill Killbane over saving Shaundi, Viola DeWynter, and Burt Reynolds.
- After completing the game (either "Gangstas in Space" or "STAG Film"), STAG leave Steelport and can no longer be found outside of their base in Sunset Park, although the buildings will remain.
- After Three Way, the bridges around the downtown area are lowered, but after saving and reloading will be raised again.
Similar to Stilwater, the city of Steelport is separated into several districts and neighborhoods, and each district consists of three to six neighbourhoods.
Stanfield district Edit
- Main article: Stanfield
Carver Island district Edit
- Main article: Carver Island
Downtown district Edit
- Main article: Downtown
New Colvin district Edit
- Main article: New Colvin
South East district Edit
- Main article: South East
- Unlike Stilwater, Steelport in Saints Row: The Third does not change from day to night during gameplay - if the player wishes to change the time setting, it is advised to save the game and reload it - the time of the day is randomised during loading and does not change. Entering and exiting an activity will often change it.
- The statue of a steel worker is based on the Statue of Liberty with the intensity of Soviet Era Sculptures.
- Steelport also appears to have its own National Guard garrison, as seen by the presence of uniformed soldiers (not STAG) and military vehicles (similar to the Challenger) in the city marked by the letters SNG (an acronym standing for Steelport National Guard).
- Steelport is loosely based on New York City and Pittsburgh and Bridgeport CT.
- Steelport may be a reference of Steel Harbour in Barb Wire.
- Shaundi has been to Steelport before on spring break prior to the events of Saints Row: The Third, where it was later revealed that Zimos had met her during her trip.
- The city has its own airport called Wesley Cutter International Airport, which is located in the north east.
- At the Kill Killbane ending, The Protagonist claims Steelport as an independent city-state and makes Pierce the new mayor.
- In the same ending, the statue of the worker is destroyed and can be seen in fragments around the island.
- Once you complete the game, you can see four lights in the sky, Red (Morningstar), Blue (Deckers), Green (Luchadores), and Purple (Saints).
- If the player tries to leave the city by travelling too far away by boat or aircraft, a message will read "The Saints need you in Steelport", and the player will be redirected towards Steelport.
- This also occurred in Saints Row 2 if the player flew or drove (in a watercraft) far out towards the sea.
- As the player progresses through Saints Row: The Third, protesters will begin to appear that are against the 3rd Street Saints, and various Saints billboards will be defaced. Some of the picket signs the protesters hold say "Shaundi is a whore!" and "No Saints in Steelport"..
- By the end of Saints Row: The Third the city will be in complete disrepair, after completing both endings during Three Way. Magarac Island will be destroyed and the tallest skyscraper having its topmost floors utterly destroyed (depending on the player's choice) Arapice Island being home to infinite numbers of zombies, the Thermopylae being capsized in the bay, along with another cargo ship (though this happened prior to the events of the game), and the bridges all across the city being permanently raised.
- The districts New Colvin, Stanfield, and Carver Island are named after characters (Howard "Bunny" Colvin, Marlo Stanfield, and Sgt. Ellis Carver, respectively) from the HBO series The Wire.
- At one point during Steelport's history (it's not apparent when) the city had its own Tram service similar to the one present in Stilwater. The elevated Tram line can be seen in some parts of the city but is currently out of order. Some of the trams can still be seen on the line, but are now abandoned and vandalised with graffiti. The city also used to have a cargo train line which was used for transporting cargo to one of the sea ports across the cities coast. Like the tram system currently out of order, and many of the freights now lie out of use and have been vandalised. One of the possible reasons for the Cargo trains being out of use may be an effect from the apparent recent Financial crisis which seems to have affected Steelport greatly, and which gave way for the massive increase in organized crime across the city.
- Steelport was apparently named "Bridgeport" during development. Inside the study of the Saint's HQ are two certificates mounted on the wall. The first one says "City of Bridgeport business license", the second "The City of Bridgeport liquor license".
- After completion of the Trouble with Clones DLC the bridges surrounding the Downtown district return to being lowered permanently.[reference?]
- Steelport has the highest murder rate in the country.
- It appears that the islands of Steelport are either sinking or that the sea levels are rising, as sandbags have been set up in Loren Square and there are many staircases (especially on Magarac Island) that lead into the water (that presumably lead to the docking areas at one point).
- Many of the skyscrapers seen in the downtown skyline picture are based on real life articles such as the Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower) of Chicago, the Petronas Towers of Malaysia, Empire State Building, and others.
- ↑ "Welcome to the City of Steelport" sign
- ↑ http://www.saintsrow.com/about/steelport
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 "We're Going to Need Guns" mission
- ↑ See Talk:Stunt_Jumps for discussion
- ↑ Saints Row: The Third - Cherished Memories #8 (OFFICIAL) - YouTube
- ↑ Image of various protesters in Saints Row: The Third
- ↑ Official Saints Row website: Podcast with Scott Phillips
- ↑ Advertisement heard on radio by Burt Reynolds