Saints Row 3 getting pre-launch character creator

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Saints Row 3 -- excuse me, Saints Row: The Third -- will let you toy with its character creator before the game hits this holiday season. Publisher THQ and developer Volition announced the Saints Row Initiation Station, to be released on the PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360.

With the Initiation Station, you can create your best fashion disaster and share it with friends. Plus, you can download other peoples' characters and tweak them, or collaborate on a co-op set. THQ was about as vague as vague can be on a release window for the Initiation Station, so just expect it sometime before Saints Row hits.

If you pre-order Red Faction: Armageddon, you'll get early access to the character creator before it hits the rest of the unwashed masses. Current pre-orders count as well, so if you happen to be a fan of ridiculous outfits and wanton property damage: score.