Saints Row: The Third due holiday 2011

The Third Street Saints are returning this holiday season to spread mayhem in a new city on PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

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Though we've known for years that Volition, Inc. is working on a third Saints Row, it's only now been formally announced by publisher THQ. Saints Row: The Third, as it's called, is headed to PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 this holiday season.

"Saints Row: The Third puts you on top of the world, right at the beginning of the game, with all the perks that go along with being the head of an elite criminal organization," THQ core games executive VP Danny Bilson said in the announcement. "There's no delivering pizza, no shuttling family members about in a long series of taxi missions. Instead, you take all the power of the Third Street Saints and you take the world by storm."

After seizing control of the city of Stilwater in Saints Row 2, the gang have become celebrities, "with Saints sneakers, Saints energy drinks and Johnny Gat bobble head dolls all available at a store near you." A crime syndicate named, inventively, The Syndicate doesn't take too kindly to this and so off go the Saints to the new city of Steelport to cause trouble.

THQ says we can expect "the most outlandish gameplay scenarios ever seen." Considering that Saints Row 2 included sewage-spraying missions and allowed players to go through the game, committing dreadful acts of brutality, dressed as a hotdog, that'd be a sight to behold.

Further details are due in the April issue of Game Informer magazine.

A tie-in game named Saints Row: Drive By is also on the way, due to be released on Nintendo 3DS, Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network. Drive By will unlock rewards in Saints Row 3, and vice versa. The 3DS edition of Drive By was once billed as a launch title for the handheld, though it's absent from both Nintendo's launch day and launch window games lineups.

From The Chatty
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    March 3, 2011 3:00 AM

    Comment on Saints Row: The Third due holiday 2011, by Alice O'Connor.

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      March 3, 2011 3:46 AM

      I am excite.

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      March 3, 2011 3:56 AM

      Yes!

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      March 3, 2011 4:12 AM

      I look forward to dusting off the old pimp cane again.

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      March 3, 2011 4:18 AM

      I'll play this. I loved SR2 on pc even despite its issues. I hope I can travel with a bigger posse, or have them traveling with me in multiple vehicles. Bigger street wars would be insane.

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        March 3, 2011 4:21 AM

        Oh yes, and bring back that english voice actor. My dude was an awesome non-pretty old balding lynch-alike with a cockney accent, who transformed from a Carl level slob in a wifebeater, to a pimp in a white suit.

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      March 3, 2011 4:31 AM

      Any word on if it is 4 player coop/

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        March 3, 2011 4:39 AM

        This is the ONLY news on this game that matters. Tell us, damn you!

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          March 3, 2011 5:32 AM

          They haven't announced it. Likely GI's got a preview exclusive so when that hits...

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      March 3, 2011 4:58 AM

      Does this run on a new engine?

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      March 3, 2011 5:06 AM

      Yes.

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      March 3, 2011 5:28 AM

      I loved SR2 on the PC but I hope whoever does SR3 on the PC (port or not) will at least know what a PC is and how to correctly optimize performance on said machine.

      :D

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        March 3, 2011 10:46 AM

        same here. i finished it on the pc despite all the problems... and they were legion. it was so frustrating knowing that if someone had just taken a little time with the pc version it could have been even more kickass... and it received virtually zero post-release support too... an almost textbook example of a "shit port" right up there with spider-man 3.

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      March 3, 2011 6:58 AM

      Awesomesauce.

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      March 3, 2011 10:51 AM

      100 Nut shots and 50 gang taunts again? HELLZ YEZ PLEAZ.

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