Road to E3 2011: Saints Row: The Third

Who do we get to shoot at E3?
Throughout May, IGN is taking a look at games set to appear at E3 2011, from June 6-9. Saints Row: The Third has been getting a lot of buzz recently, but aside from an exclusive with Game Informer, there’s not a lot of info on it.
What We Know
The Saints Row series has always been about turf warfare, gun fights, and swearing. There’s going to be a lot more of that. Comparisons are made to the GTA series, but Saints Row is a more over the top, and often humorous game.
We know you play as an upgradeable, customizable character and you fight with and against three rival gangs, but the game’s main antagonist is one Philippe Loren, a Belgian gangster.
Saints Row: The Third features a robust and comical character creator, which is releasing before the game launches so players can make characters ahead of time. The character creator allows you to make everything from a thug, to a cowboy, to a furry.
We know the game will feature firefights galore, as well as skydiving, vehicle chases, and lots of explosion, but the only actual gameplay footage we’ve seen is one second of a guy getting punched in the balls. Check it out!

What We Expect at E3
Well a release date would be nice, for starters.

For most outlets, E3 will be the first time they get their hands on Saints Row: The Third. THQ is pretty excited for the game, so we expect a pretty big reveal during the press conferences, featuring both single player and co-op gameplay. The demo itself will likely be an extended version of the demo that Game Informer saw back in March.

We expect the focus to be more on the single player aspect. Co-op is cool and new, but is likely big enough for THQ to hold off on for another separate event. Expect to hear a lot more about the story, and the three gangs.

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