THQ has officially announced the sequel to the free-roaming gangster shooter, Saints Row
Dubbed Saints Row 2
, the game will feature a number of improvements on the original title. First and foremost will be the addition of online co-op for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, because you can never have enough co-op games. The game will also add a whole boatload of new options to customise your character with and enough new bling to fill a fully pimped out strech Hummer with.
Speaking of vehicles, the game world will also be made bigger and will allow players to travel around in boats, planes, helicopters and bikes.
Saints Row 2
, which so far seems mercifully un-subtitled, will be getting a graphical enhancement too with larger and more interesting environments for players to explore thanks to work done by the developer, Volition.
"The team at Volition is leveraging invaluable experience gained on Saints Row to build Saints Row 2 into a game that sets the standard for combat, player freedom, customization, vehicle game-play, team-based co-op and the most compelling online open world experience to date,
" Said Scott Guthrie, marketing honcho of THQ.
The bad news however is that the game won't be available until next year and is only confirmed for the 360 and PS3. Depending on the exact release date, which hasn't been confirmed yet, the game could be trying to go up against the new GTA
title - a fight it would undoubtedly lose.
Still, the original Saints Row
was a fun and surprisingly funny take on gang culture that was great for jumping in and out of and the hope is that the next game can deliver along similar lines. With at least six months until a likely release though, we'll just have to wait and see how it pans out, so in the meantime why not drop your thoughts in the forums