The worst thing about THQ going into bankruptcy back in December 2012 was it might have meant we’d never get another sequel to one of the only games on that planet that can let you play a morbidly obese Latina transwoman. Thankfully Koch Media purchased the THQ subsidiary Voltion in January and Volition continued to work on Saints Row 4 and now we have a trailer for the latest entry in what just might be the best video game series of the current console generation.

This is not hyperbole on my part. The Saints Row series is ridiculously and purposely over the top, possesses one of the most diverse cast in games, functions as a satire of the current gaming climate and allows you to play any character your mind can create without punishing you or the character. And the default female character? One of the few canonically queer heroines in video games.

And now she’s President of the United States and has SUPER POWERS per this blurb released with the game announcement.

In the next open-world installment of Saints Row, Deep Silver Volition continues the story of the Third Street Saints by elevating their status to the highest level – the leaders of the free world. In Saints Row IV, the head honcho of the Saints has been elected to the Presidency of the United States. But the Saints are just getting started. Now the larger-than-life insanity of the Saints series gets a new twist with a catastrophic alien invasion, and the aliens have transported the Saints to a bizarro-Steelport simulation. Wield gargantuan superpowers and fight to free humanity from alien granddaddy Zinyak’s mental grasp. Escape the simulation that’s trapped the Saints crew, or die trying.

Can it be August 20, 2013 yet?

  • Wow, it’s awesome to find out that you’re a fan of Saints Row too Alex! I’m a huge fan myself and it’s for pretty much exactly the reasons you listed. As a lesbian and someone who doesn’t fit into the gender binary finding games that felt like I could fit into them is not easy. It’s the reason I lean toward deep RPGs with extensive character creation sections. Making a character that while not necessarily looking like me, but at least looking like MY idea of a powerful lesbian heroine is very important to me. I hate games that tell me what a woman looks like or how she dresses. I also hate games that tell me who I’ll fall in love with.

    I was an enormous fan of the Mass Effect series until recently when M E 3 ripped us off and made all the money I’d spent on the series pointless. Anyway, even in that series where my Shepard was the baddest butchest bitch around, they still had no problem making her wear a dress for their new DLC without considering whether or not every player agrees that “women wear dresses” when they want to look sexual or fancy or party. That kind of thoughtless reinforcement of the gender binary leaves a nasty taste in my mouth. It takes away any illusion of control or agency I have over the character I’ve shaped for several hundred hours. Yuck!

    Anyway, Saints Row 2 was the freest I’ve ever felt in making a character who looked how I wanted and was a total baddass.