Saints Row mod tools coming from community collaboration with Volition

Given how bizarre Saints Row: The Third already is, mod tools could only result in the game becoming more sensible, more polite. Adding a selection of conservative businesswear, perhaps, or speed cameras to keep you driving safely.

We'll get to find out in a while, as developer Volition is working with Saints Row modders to put together proper mod tools. The mod community has so far been running on tools it worked out and put together itself, and shiny new tools should allow people to add new clothes and missions, and even alter the world.

Volition is putting together a package of documentation and tools for the SR mod community to turn into "what is essentially a full sdk for the game," instigator 'IdolNinja' explains in a blog post. And how did this all come about? "The answer to that is actually quite simple. I asked."

Saints Row senior programmer Mike Wilson and principal technical animator Randall Hess have already joined the Saints Row Mods forums to field technical questions, helping fill blanks in modders' knowledge of the innering workings of Saints Row.

Between new tools it'll make with this knowledge and existing ones, IdolNinja says, "the modding community will finally be able to create and offer new clothing, new vehicles, new guns, new npcs, new missions, and even new world geometry which will greatly extend the life of the series and enhance the Saints Row games in ways we never even dared to dream of."

They're starting out working on Saints Row: The Third, but Volition plans to help the community with Saints Row 2 mod tools too, and supposedly this is a "test run" for Saints Row 4.