Saints Row: Drive By shooting up XBLA, 3DS

Xbox Live Arcade version will connect with Saints Row 3; THQ exec says Nintendo wanted an M-rated title for 3DS launch.

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At the Electronic Entertainment Expo this month, Nintendo announced a smorgasbord of first- and third-party titles for its upcoming portable, the 3DS. Among the lineup was Saints Row: Drive By, a new installment in THQ's open-world crime series. Today, the publisher revealed a version of the felonious offering will also commit offenses on Xbox Live Arcade.

The Saints will come marching onto Xbox Live before Saints Row 3 goes on sale.

As hinted at earlier in the week by THQ core games vice president Danny Bilson, the XBLA version of Drive By will feature connectivity with Saints Row 3. The executive told CVG the game, which remains unpriced, is part of a larger effort to build enthusiasm around Saints Row 3 prior to its release sometime before March 2012.

"We haven't announced any of this yet, exactly. But it's all part of the plan leading [up] to Saint's Row 3, and all of the games connected. So if you play one, it unlocks stuff in the big game and back and forth and all that stuff," Bilson said. He also said a 3D version was in development, but it has apparently been scrapped.

Saints Row: Drive By will go on sale alongside the 3DS, most likely next year.

Discussion

14 comments
PunkOZ
PunkOZ

woot i can buy a 3ds and saints row

kasrayaraei
kasrayaraei

I have played this game, It so wonderful......................

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

Curious. I've never played a Saints Row game but I might take a look for the 3DS version. I want a 3DS so bad!

secretgamer666
secretgamer666

Can't wait too see what this is going to be like, as I know I will love Saints Row 3. I am also very interested about this quote "and all of the games connected", could this be hinting at future announcements.

Flint247
Flint247

Next Year...this year... what's it going to be!? D:

Fryboy101
Fryboy101

definitely buying. definitely gonna love it. definitely CANNOT wait until SR3. this series has become my official sandbox game. sorry GTA, you've been replaced :D

squidracerX
squidracerX

I hope PS3 gets some love in the DLC department... Dead Rising has a DLC game that is exclusive now too, (as a prequel like this one), and that Castlevania game, and that new Tomb Raider game... Although Tomb Raider will come out eventually on PS3 I am sure... But man PSN get with it!

tyeman64
tyeman64

I would buy Saints Row underwear lol. I love this franchise.

JDWolfie
JDWolfie

Might pick this up on my Xbox... Wonder what it will be like?

Rasputin2011
Rasputin2011

I'll check it out for sure BUT have to admit that the series is dwarfed by GTA... I found Saint's Row was a great filler while waiting for GTA 4. Once I played GTA 4 I found Saint's Row 2 not even worth my time.. Played maybe two hours tops.

Chico_Azteca
Chico_Azteca

Next year? come on we want 3DS this year D:

DiscGuru101
DiscGuru101

2012? That gives me plenty of time to finish Saints Row 2 still... One of those games in my collection I had fun with, but got distracted by life out of playing.

taltil5
taltil5

nope 3ds is coming next year