Some ideas are just too extreme to put in a videogame, even when that game is the new Saints Row.
Saints Row: The Third's senior producer, Greg Donovan, says that Volition, the studio behind the series, is playing it by ear when it comes to deciding what is and isn't appropriate for the game. He compared it to "defining porn," saying that there were no hard and fast rules, but that the studio knew it when it saw it.
Despite the Saints Row series' rather tongue-in-cheek, cartoonish violence, Donovan said that some of the ideas that people came up with went further than Volition was willing to go. As an example, he described one weapon that won't be appearing in the game: the fart in a jar grenade. The idea was that the jar contained flatulence so terrible that anyone caught in the blast would be too busy vomiting to engage in combat. Apparently, some of the team liked the concept, but others weren't so keen, so Volition decided to scrap it.
Donovan said that other suggestions that people had come up with were so bad that he didn't even want to repeat them, which is quite remarkable when you consider how violent and/or over the top some of Saints Row 2 was. While it won't be as bad as it could have been, THQ is boasting that Saints Row: The Third will feature some of the most "outlandish gameplay scenarios" around. Some of the things that the game does include are skydiving with tanks, airstrikes on Mexican gangs, and fighting off military personnel with a sex toy.
Saints Row: The Third is penciled in for release on Xbox 360, PS3 and PC in the fourth quarter of this year.