Volition was disclosed by Saints Row devs in the most recent cover story, and it quickly became clear that customization is a non-negotiable part of the core Saints Row experience. Players have been able to modify their character’s appearance since the first game was released in 2006. Those personalization choices have only grown in the series’ history, going beyond simply being able to customize your character’s appearance and voice. “One of the distinctive things that Saints Row is known for is customization,” says Jim Boone, the chief creative officer at Volition. “It’s not just about the individuals; it’s also about the vehicles”. We also included weapon customization in Saints Row IV. It’s so deeply ingrained in the DNA that I’m not sure you can call a game a true Saints Row game if it doesn’t allow for personalization.” Volition has taken things to the next level, allowing gamers to change things like eye color and skin tone, add prosthetics to the main character, and even use emojis to restrict your protagonist’s bare body. “We’ve realized our dreams,” says art director Frank Marquart. “There were some things we tried and couldn’t achieve in earlier games that we can now do in this one.”
While we don’t know exactly what aspects of The Boss will be customizable when Saints Row comes next year, you’ll continue to acquire additional options for your character, weapons, vehicles, and more as the game progresses. “From the beginning, our goal has been to be the kings of customization,” says creative director Brian Traficante. “We want to give our players everything they’ve ever wanted and more. That is exactly what we have done.”
Saints Row may retain some of the franchise’s more extravagant elements from recent installments, but it pushes the personalization to new heights. You can make a character who is of any gender and any race, or you can go completely insane and make a monster. When you join in cooperative play, another signature feature of Saints Row, all of your customization settings are carried over. “When you’re in a co-op session, each co-op player appears precisely how you’ve customized them,” explains Boone. “All of the personalization options you’ve entered will be displayed in their entirety, with no limitations.”
Other cosmetic features can be tweaked in addition to character customization to personalize the experience. You may expect to customize your vehicles, weapons, and gang as you move through the game. Your church headquarters also improves with decorative options and visual upgrades as you progress through missions and develop the Saints empire. We’re excited to discover all about the ways we can make the protagonist (and the environment around them) our own when Saints Row opens on February 25th, according to Volition.