Monday, Saints Row developer Volition announced that their cult classic Saints Row: The Third would be getting a remaster published through Deep Silver, their publishing company since 2013.
The remaster will sport major overhauls in the game’s graphics, including an all new lighting engine, fully reconstructed character models and a plethora of new textures to make the city of Steelport feel more alive than ever. The remaster was made in collaboration with Sperasoft, who have worked on games such as Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey and Injustice 2.
The game runs more smoothly than ever, with a beautifully enhanced motion blur and new lighting physics featuring enhanced volumetric and God Ray effects. The game is also now capable of having far more dense traffic and increased pedestrians, so the streets will be flushed with unsuspecting victims of The Penetrator.
All of the game’s primary NPCs as well as all of the weapons have been fully remade from scratch, allowing for a much higher poly-count, higher fidelity and high quality PBR materials.
Also, no worries about the game’s wonderful licensed soundtrack—every single one of the songs present in the game will be fully in tact, meaning you can still take a chill cruise to Sleigh Bells’ “Riot Rhythm,” belt out to “Holding Out For A Hero,” or run completely rampant to Kanye’s “Power.” The game wouldn’t be the same without its instantly iconic soundtrack. The remaster will also include all of Saints Row: The Third’s DLC packs.
In a press conference, when asked “why Saints Row: The Third” over any of the other franchise’s entries, some of the game’s developers noted that Saints Row: The Third was an overwhelming fan favorite, and also some of their favorite work they’ve ever done. Saints Row and Saints Row 2 also aren’t completely feasible as remaster options—it would mean a ground-up remake for the both of them.
Saints Row: The Third Remastered will be out on May 22 and will run you $39.99, a fair price given the sheer amount of content in Grand Theft Auto’s zanier counterpart. The game will be available on Xbox One, PS4 and PC.