Saints Row, the upcoming reboot of Volition’s overly silly open-world crime series, will feature extensive customization options, allowing you to change the look and function of your character, vehicles, weapons, gang and your HQ down to the smallest detail.
Revealed in a preview presentation and press briefing, Saints Row’s customization options range from silly to extreme. Its character creator will allow you to modify your boss’ physique down to the smallest detail, shaping the bone structure of his face, the placement of his eyebrows, the shape of his torso, and even the definition of his veins. Hair options cover a variety of textures and styles that go beyond traditional Western haircuts, and prosthetic arms and legs are also available.
There are some pretty wacky options out there. You can change your skin to a range of strange materials, including rock, glass, or what looks like a cosmic pattern of galaxies. Volition also emphasizes the ability to create asymmetrical faces, which means you can change the shape of your eyes and ears individually, or change the muscle shape of one half of your character’s face.
Cosmetics are also in the spotlight. Shirts, pants, socks, hats, gloves, and other clothes can all be swapped, letting you choose between everyday outfits and silly clothes. Think everything from leather jackets to helmets shaped like dinosaur jaws.
Clothes can also be layered on top of each other, so you’re not limited to specific outfits, and each garment is gender-neutral, allowing you to dress your crime lord whichever option suits you.
For vehicles, you’ll be able to customize every component of your vehicle, from fenders and bumpers to roofs, side panels, tire profiles, wheel covers, and even axle height. They can be painted in a variety of colors. Even the sound of your car’s horn, engine and transmission can be changed.
Along with these cosmetic changes, you’ll also be able to upgrade your vehicles with functional upgrades, including nitro boosts, off-road wheels for traversing deserts, ejection seats, and a pinch cable that lets you drag objects behind you. Volition says every type of vehicle in the game – including cars, bikes, hoverboards, and boats – will feature the same kind of granular customization.
The options available are quite extensive. In the customization showcase, we spotted monster trucks adorned with metal plates, motorcycles covered in neon lights, and a car that was basically a sailboat on wheels.
Weapons can also be customized with paint jobs and decals. You can change the texture of individual components, so the barrel of your assault rifle can be a nice lime green while the magazine is a camouflaged rusty brown. On the sillier side, you can switch between gun models, letting you put an RPG in a guitar case, change your default assault rifle into an umbrella, or walk around with a pinata stick. instead of a crowbar.
Finally, your HQ – which acts as a hub for your gang and criminal enterprise – can be modified to showcase the various purchases and trophies you’ve collected in-game. The weapons, clothing, and vehicles of your entire crew can also be edited from here. So when they come to help you in a firefight, they’ll be wearing the uniform you’ve chosen. Of course, you can make them as ridiculous – clowns piling up from a small tailgate – or as brutal – a paramilitary squad rushing out of a 4×4 – as you wish.
Volition says you’ll be able to play around with the character creation tools before the game launches on August 23, with a downloadable preview launching in the coming months.