The imminent Saints Row IV will end the saga of the Third Street Saints as we know them, and the next chapter begins and entirely new story for the franchise.
That's according to principal designer Scott Phillips, who views Saints Row IV as the ultimate, over-the-top conclusion to the series' current incarnation.
"We're definitely considering Saints Row IV sort of the end of that saga of this character and the Saints as they are," Phillips told GameReactor in a recent interview. "So if there's any more future Saints Rows - which you know we always hope there will be, we hope there's fans for future games like that - they will probably continue in a different direction."
Given how wacky Saints Row III was, this makes a lot of sense as there's just not much left for the franchise to explore while maintaining its fan-favorite "Grand Theft Auto as filtered through the mind of an over-caffeinated 13-year-old" vibe. Those of you who have been following Saints Row IV will know that developer Volition goes above and beyond the crazy hijinks of its predecessor by placing characters in the shoes of the President of the United States who periodically battles aliens with superhuman powers. How do you top that? Guns that fire fetuses? A pet dog inexplicably voiced by Tipper Gore?
Comments below. Speculate wildly.