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Saints Row: The Third is a third-person shooter video game developed by Volition, Inc. and published by THQ for the Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 systems. It is the third title in the Saints Row series, after the release of Saints Row 2 in 2008. The game begins with the player "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".

Like the previous two games in the series, Saints Row and Saints Row 2, the game is an open-world sandbox. Whereas the previous games charted the 3rd Street Saints' rise to power over Stilwater, Saints Row: The Third charts their adventure in a new city: Steelport. 

Plot

Though there are no official details, the game is said to be taking a "new direction" from the original two games.[1] The series was written as a trilogy, meaning that Saints Row 3 could be the final entry in the series.[2] Saints Row 2's downloadable content pack Corporate Warfare hints that the game will possibly revolve around the protagonist's hunt for character Dex Jackson in a city far from the familiar Stilwater setting of the first two games in series.[3][4]


The map size is about 20km

Development

Saints Row 3 was envisioned as early as September 2008, when the game was in the early stages of production.[1] On September 25, 2008, Dan Sutton, associate producer for Saints Row 2 mentioned that the game was in development and had hoped that it would launch for the holiday season in 2010.[2] News was scarce throughout the remainder of 2008 and into 2009, and the sacking of over eighty Volition employees in March 2009 could have delayed the game's development.[5] An investor's presentation held by THQ in February 2009 announced their lineup for the coming financial years, which included a fourth entry into Volition's Red Faction series and Saints Row 3. The investor's presentation also revealed that Saint Row 3 was projected for a financial year 2011 release date.[6]

In an interview for the December 2009 issue of Game Informer magazine, THQ vice president Danny Bilson stated that the game would make its debut at the 2010 E3 trade show. He described it as being "mind-blowing" and that it would retain the over-the-top style of the previous two games, stating "I've seen some of the mechanics that will be debuting at E3 this year. It's more towards crazy."[7] During THQ's third quarter conference in February 2010, CEO Brian Farrell iterated that the game would release during financial year 2012, contrasting original projections of a financial year 2011 release.[8] In an interview with CVG in March 2010, Bilson also revealed that the game had undergone major technology upgrades and that the "PR and marketing for [Saints Row 3] is going to start rolling out this year."[9] He did not reiterate that the game was still debuting at E3 in June, and developer Volition did not confirm its E3 debut at all.

It was during E3 2010 when Bilson revealed that THQ had made the decision to pull Saints Row 3 from the show at the last minute, in order to allow developer Volition time to "rebuild tech". He said "I'm not going to show it to you today. This is the only room we're talking about Saints Row 3. We're not showing it on the floor because the rollout starts in December on Saints Row 3 [...] We've spent an extra year rebuilding the technology for this game. It is absolutely gorgeous and still completely insane."[10] He revealed that the game will make its debut at the Spike TV Awards in December 2010. Bilson also revealed that there will be "the most robust transmedia play on any game ever done", which includes plans to release a live-action Saints Row film as well as various merchandise such as a collectible card game and books.[11] The film could possibly feature American rapper 50 Cent as he revealed that he was in talks with THQ to produce a Saints Row film in February 2009.[12]

Twenty-three year old Ashley Ames suffered burns to eighty percent of her body in a house fire in Urbana, Illinois on 28 May 2010, and passed away a week later.[13] Saints Row 3 senior writer Steve Jaros, who is an Urbana resident, is raising money for Ames' family to pay off her medical bills by auctioning off a voice acting role in Saints Row 3. The highest bidder will have the opportunity to voice a non-player character pedestrian for the game; Jaros said that "you will get to scream, curse, be hit by cars and shoot guns".[14] The starting bid for the acting role was US$300, and bidding closed on 11 August 2010, with the final total at $1,725.[15] The winning bidder was CheapyD, owner and CEO of the popular game deals website, Cheap Ass Gamer.[16]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Guttridge, Luke (September 25, 2008). Dan Sutton on Saints Row 2. Play.tm. Retrieved on July 25, 2009.
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  3. Dex': "Is everything in order, Katie?" Katie: "Yes sir, your effects are en route." Dex: "And my office?" Katie: "I followed protocol: you machine's been wiped and paper files have been shredded. Are you sure you can't wait a few days? You're going to miss the company picnic." Dex: "I can't I'm sorry, this transfer is a big opportunity for me... I need to leave tonight." Katie: "With respect sir, you had me call in every favor you had to get an immediate transfer. It doesn't look like this is a step-up for you." Dex: "And what does it look like?" Katie: "Honestly? Like you're running." - Volition, Inc. Saints Row 2: Corporate Warfare. (THQ). PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, (v1.30). Level/area: Corporate Meltdown. (May 28, 2009)
  4. Eric: "So, what are you gonna do now?" The Boss: "I'm gonna find out which city Dex ran to and get the bitch." - Volition, Inc. Saints Row 2: Corporate Warfare. (THQ). PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, (v1.30). Level/area: Ultor Family Fun Day. (May 28, 2009)
  5. Sinclair, Brendan (March 4, 2009). THQ cuts 86 Volition positions. GameSpot. Retrieved on July 25, 2009.
  6. Sinclair, Brendan (April 2, 2009). THQ planning Red Faction 4, Darksiders 2. GameSpot. Retrieved on July 25, 2009.
  7. Haas, Peter (December 21, 2009). Saints Row 3 Debuting At E3 2010. Blend Games. Retrieved on December 27, 2009.
  8. Reilly, Jim (February 3, 2010). Saints Row 3, de Blob sequel announced. IGN. Retrieved on April 5, 2010.
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  10. Robinson, Andy (June 16, 2010). Saints Row 3 skips E3 to 'rebuild tech'. CVG. Retrieved on June 17, 2010.
  11. Magrino, Tom (June 15, 2010). THQ confirms Saints Row film. GameSpot. Retrieved on June 17, 2010.
  12. Parfitt, Orlando (February 25, 2009). Saints Row Movie Planned?. IGN. Retrieved on June 17, 2010.
  13. Support Ashley Ames. Indi Go Artist Co-Op. Retrieved on 3 August 2010.
  14. Ashcraft, Ben (3 August 2010). Bid For A Part In Saints Row 3 (For A Good Cause). Kotaku. Retrieved on 3 August 2010.
  15. Voice actor in Saints Row 3 - ASHLEYFEST. eBay. Retrieved on 7 August 2010.
  16. We Have a Winner!. Volition, Inc.. Retrieved on 12 August 2010.

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