Deep Silver has announced that Saints Row: The Third Remastered will be launching for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S on 25th May, with the usually array of graphical improvements to resolution and frame rate. The PC version will also be made available on Steam and GOG on 22nd May.
Both PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X will run at a dynamic 4K resolution with 60fps performance, while the visual settings have been ramped up to be equivalent to the PC edition’s ‘High’ settings preset. Still, that’s going to make for improvements to lighting, texture resolution and other effects.
Xbox Series S owners get a choice. They can either play in Performance Mode, which locks gameplay at 60fps with a 1080p resolution, or Beauty Mode, which has an upscaled 4K resolution at 30fps.
This will all be a free upgrade for those who own the game on PlayStation 4 or Xbox One.
Saints Row: The Third Remastered is about to celebrate its first anniversary, having released on 22nd May 2020, while the original game is approaching its 10th anniversary this November. Arguably still the high point of the series, Deep Silver are squeezing their golden goose once more, though I doubt we can complain too much when there’s a free upgrade for the new consoles. The remaster itself was also rather well done, with a huge amount of the game reworked to take advantage of the PS4 and Xbox One. Characters had higher polygon counts, there was a new texture mapping systen, the lighting was reworked to feature global illumination, crepuscular “god” rays and full HDR support, there’s was a cleaner form of motion blur, better looking explosions that have environmental lighting, and on and on. Yes, that came at the cost of 30fps, but for last gen, it seemed to be worth it…. especially since you can now tap into that visual finery so much better on the new consoles.
Now… could someone please confirm that Saints Row V is in development? Surely it’s time…
Source: press release