Saints Row: The Third bringing open-world mayhem to Nintendo Switch

This is quite a major surprise.


Want some chaos on the go? Deep Silver found a way to surprise everyone today, even with Gamescom 2018 reveals underway, by announcing that Saints Row The Third is coming to Nintendo Switch. The news was revealed in a tweet with no additional details, other than a statement that more info will be revealed "in due course."

This is a major reveal for Nintendo Switch and Deep Silver for a couple reasons. On one hand, this could signal a future for the Saints Row franchise after the troubled spin-off Agents of Mayhem caused Volition layoffs. On the other hand, this is a robust open-world experience for Nintendo Switch users to take on the go and will be yet another example of what the console is capable of, despite The Third being an older game.

Nintendo also surprised everyone yesterday with the indie highlights showing off a plethora of Nindies coming to the Switch console, including Bad North, Prison Architect, and Morphis Law, which are available right now. If you want to see what games are coming up soon, check out our Video Game Release Date schedule for 2018. Otherwise, stay tuned to Shacknews for additional updates.

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    August 21, 2018 11:15 AM

    Charles Singletary Jr posted a new article, Saints Row The Third bringing open-world mayhem to Nintendo Switch

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      August 21, 2018 11:20 AM

      that's an unexpected port

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      August 21, 2018 11:24 AM

      "Saints Row: The Third" was where this series truly found its own identity and hit its stride.

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        August 21, 2018 11:57 AM

        Such a great game. I still do a playthrough once a year or so.
        Those last few missions are some of the best bits of video gaming of that era.

        You're the best! Around! Nothing's gonna ever keep you down!

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          August 21, 2018 11:59 AM

          As soon as Bonnie Tyler kicks in, you’re in for a hell of a ride.

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      August 21, 2018 11:29 AM

      At least they are bringing the best one. I was replaying the 4th and Gat out of Hell over the weekend and they do not hold up one bit.

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        August 21, 2018 11:32 AM

        I really enjoyed 4 when it came out, but by the end game the developers seemed to go out of their way to make you EXTREMELY over powered, and there was no challenge to it. Also, I think the fact that everything was at night and none of the city activities mattered was sort of dumb. 3 had all the fun of a GTA style open world sandbox and none of the punishing "don't be a dick or cops will aim for the head" hurdles.

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          August 21, 2018 11:35 AM


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            August 21, 2018 12:02 PM

            I liked the setting in Gat out of Hell, and some of the mechanics were fun. (and the musical part) But... yeah, the series kinda went out with a whimper there.

            Maybe they can revive it someday. I'll hold out for a hero.

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              August 21, 2018 2:19 PM

              I think Gat Out of Hell was worth the price of entry almost for the flight related gameplay alone.

              With the collectables and architecture largely designed around the flight mechanic, it was like a violent and more fun Pilot Wings, or a not shitty Superman 64 that had more than a month of development.

              Sure, it would have been nice if powers and mini-bosses had been altered a bit further, that final fight wasn't so repetitive, and that the musical elements had been expanded a bit further, but otherwise, I thought it was a pretty solid budget standalone expansion.

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        August 21, 2018 3:26 PM

        Agreed 100%, SR3 was the peak of the series. SR4 lost out on a lot of the parts I enjoyed about SR by introducing all the "matrix-like" superpowers.

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      August 21, 2018 11:50 AM

      Let me guess, 59.99

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      August 21, 2018 12:41 PM

      Definitely getting this. Loved the game to bits on PS3 and I'll love it all over again on Switch.

      Wish Saints Row 2 would get a port to a modern system as well, but at least the 360 version is playable on XB1.

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      August 21, 2018 2:06 PM

      I've never played a Saints Row game

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        August 21, 2018 2:07 PM


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        August 21, 2018 2:42 PM

        oh... oh my. zinyak does not approve of your slacking sir

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        August 21, 2018 2:43 PM

        You're in for a hell of a ride. Saints Row 2-4+Gat are available in some way on most all systems.

        Saints Row 2 is good but shows its age with controls and graphics. Still it has the best clothing systems of all the games as you can choose buttoning, hat orientation, tie or or no tie, etc.

        Still, SR2 feels like it picks up where GTA San Andreas left off as far as serious vs silly goes, and then as the game progresses it tilts further into comic psychopathic absurdity, and it's great (the epilogue DLC is only available on 360 and PS3 though). It's unlikely to be ported to the Switch though as it's less popular, was never terribly well optimized, and runs on a different engine.

        Saints Row The Third picks up where SR2 leaves off, but still manages to have a sense of "reality" to actions and consequences even if they're involving a zombie outbreak, and like SR2 before, it keeps pushing the boundaries, however it only really begins to break into the realm of unquestionable broken overpowered silliness in some of the DLC.

        Saints Row 4 pretty much starts off over the edge, there's not really any of the surface texture seriousness left. Which isn't to say there aren't very real character moments, because there are many. The game looks back on the entire series, its characters, confronts itself, themselves, other games, and some game mechanics in a bizarre, bold, and hilarious meta-inter-textual odyssey... but the degree to which it goes into the absurd can be off-putting.

        Gat then takes 4, sends you to hell, lets you play as previously support characters, gives you proper flight, and is fairly short but rather enjoyable if you like flying.

        SR2 is the most grounded and The Third has the best mix of fun, modernish mechanics, seriousness, and silliness, but I love them all.

        Part way through SR4 it occurred to me that I had actually created a proper character with my own personal narrative from my character and her progression. I recently went back and tried to unify her face (minus aging) even in SR2, just because I ended up caring about her much like I care about my Shepard.

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        August 21, 2018 3:42 PM

        If you want, I think I have a gift copy of the Complete SR3 Collection on Steam.

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          August 21, 2018 3:43 PM

          I super appreciate the offer, but I must force myself to wait for switch version :D also my mega awesome computer is out of commission for god knows how long :(

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        August 21, 2018 3:44 PM


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        August 21, 2018 4:16 PM


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        August 21, 2018 5:42 PM

        Me too, it always looked like a terrible GTA clone to me

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          August 21, 2018 6:34 PM

          That's sort of how it started but by the second game it found its own voice. Though now having played the rest, I wish I could play the first.

          I mean, I do have a Xbox 360 that I presume still works so I theoretically could buy and play it but...

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          August 21, 2018 6:50 PM

          They were silly and over the top but had co-op. Worth it as an inbetweener game.

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        August 21, 2018 5:54 PM

        I've only played 3 and 4. They're dumb as hell but really fun.

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      August 21, 2018 3:50 PM

      It better have all the licensed music.

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