Saints Row Preview – Saints Row Character, Vehicle and Weapon Customization Unveiled

Last year, when we featured the upcoming Saints Row reboot on the cover, I was able to play in the vast open world of Santo Ileso. There, I was free to explore, engage in story quests, complete side quests, and even expand the Saints Empire through interesting chains of criminal adventure quests. However, one area that I don’t know about is custom kits, which have been an important part of the Saints Row package since the early days. When I asked about customization last year, I got some tidbits, but developer Volition played it close to a vest. That changed today as the studio hosted a demo detailing the fan-favorite feature.

Character customization is the biggest pillar of the feature in the minds of many fans, and Volition seems to be acutely aware of that fact. As you might imagine, your hair, body and face are fully adjustable. You can outfit your character with various hairstyles and even assign different colors to the hair on your head (including the rainbow gob style) and your face. Ears, skin tone, and teeth also allow you to make things look as lifelike or otherworldly as you like: pointy elf ears; unrealistic skin tones, textures, glows, scars, tans; patterned eyes; and candy Corn teeth are all fair game. You can even customize their musculature to have blood vessels, make their faces asymmetrical (i.e. have one eye larger than the other, or offset their ears), or adjust their age. Yes, you can customize your genitals and even cover them up with emoji. The Volition presentation even showed a Shrek-like custom creation, if that pleases you.

If all of this sounds overwhelming and you’d rather jump right into the game, Volition offers you eight different presets to choose from. After choosing one of the pre-made characters, you can start using that pre-made character template, or you can modify it from this starting point for a faster version of the character customization kit.

You can choose your character’s clothing (including customizable colors and materials), accessories, and even underwear and socks. Full apparel is also available, including denim, golf and firefighter uniforms. You can also layer your clothes however you want, which means you can choose which shirt to wear under the hoodie of your choice, and then which jacket your character rocks over that hoodie. Later, if you want to create your own clothing presets, you can do it at HQ. If your character’s outfits, tattoos, prosthetics, and pretty much every other visual attribute aren’t enough, you can also equip emotes to exude the vibe you’re looking for, and choose from one of eight different voices.

Outside of your role, vehicle customization has little impact on customization dynamics. Saints Row has over 80 rides to collect, including cars, SUVs, motorcycles, monster trucks, helicopters, boats and more. If you add a vehicle to your garage, you can customize it, decorating it with various parts such as body kits, neon underlights, rims and spoilers. Just like your character, each car has preset options to help you get on the road as quickly as possible if you so desire. It’s all about creating a “boss-worthy masterpiece,” as Volition puts it in today’s video. Those wanting more performance drive can add a nitrogen booster, ejection seat, off-road kit, jumping ability or a tow cable. If all else fails, you can jump on a hoverboard.

Once you get to the scene and it’s time to show them who the boss is, you can pull out your custom weapon. You can adjust the material or color of individual parts, or add decals to make your weapon your own. You can also swap out the whole body for something else, like putting your rocket launcher in a guitar case, or your automatic rifle in an umbrella. These options ensure that your enemies know without a doubt who is shooting at them.

During my time at Saints Row, I only experienced how to customize Saints and their home base. The elements are fun, but I can’t play around with the options. Instead, I only witnessed a small teaser for the final game. As your gang power grows, you can customize the abandoned churches your squad posts in various ways. In the video demo, we witnessed a custom church that looks like a nightclub, while another looks like a futuristic garage with a bar. You can change souvenirs in quests, change statues, or organize your decorations however you want.

Candy Corn Teeth? Of course, why not?

Saints Row is coming to PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC on August 23rd. However, at the end of the demo, Volition teased that there will be a way to create your character before the game launches. Unfortunately, no other details are available at this time, but the team says keep an eye on the studio’s social channels for more information.

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