Exactly how much content Volition is cramming into Saints Row: The Third right off the bat is unknown for a few reasons. First off with the reveal that the game would be supported with a 40 week DLC schedule it’s entirely possible that some cool features or levels will be omitted from the retail release in favor of being pushed out as DLC. Secondly, we know Saints Row: The Third is pushing the envelope of the Saints Row franchise and the action genre in general but just how far would Volition push things beyond being able to control a nude albeit censored main character? Well how does jumping into virtual reality with a section inspired by TRON sound?
Since Volition is throwing all but the kitchen sink into Saints Row: The Third from a creative standpoint, the game will indeed feature a trip to a world comprised of 0s and 1s with a strong hint of TRON nostalgia. Presented in the trailer below is our first look at the Deckers, one of the many new gangs of Steelport. Working in collusion with the all-mighty Syndicate to screw the 3rd Street Saints over, the Deckers are a tech savvy gang that basically comprises of a bunch of techno geeks armed with assault rifles and limitless funds to feed their appetite for wearing black clothing that glows.
Filled with quite a bit of personality, some of which will likely make the general gaming audience chuckle with glee, the Deckers look to be one of the more memorable additions in Saints Row: The Third, if not for one reason: the cyber-world level. This isn’t really spoiler material since the trailer spills it, but at some point in the game the 3rd Street Saints combat the Deckers by entering their virtual reality domain which as you’ll see bears a striking resemblance to TRON – at least if TRON had giant dragon beasts in it and guys killing one another with machine guns instead of Identity Discs.
The sheer by the balls attitude Volition has taken with Saints Row: The Third seems amazing so far based on the footage that has been shared with us. Going from a normal hyper action experience to one with no rules at all which includes wrestling fights and cyber battles gives me the impression that if all goes according to plan Saints Row: The Third could be a huge surprise once it drops this November. There’s always the chance that Volition has perhaps bit off more than they can chew on the variety front, but I think given how cohesive everything appears to be in the game despite the obvious tonal shifts I think we don’t have much to worry about.