Saints Row: The Third adds Itagaki as playable character

Ninja Gaiden, Dead or Alive, Devil's Third designer confirmed to be making in-game debut with Volition's upcoming open-world action game.

One of the big features THQ has planned for Saints Row: The Third is a character creation feature that lets players dictate their in-game avatar's race, body, face, hair, makeup, and personality. However, for those who would prefer a preexisting character, THQ confirmed today at the Tokyo Game Show that game designer Tomonobu Itagaki will be playable in the game.

Itagaki is all fine and good, but when is Saints Row getting a playable Guillermo del Toro?

Itagaki will appear in the game as he frequently does in real life: sporting a leather jacket and sunglasses. The designer is currently working on another THQ-published project, Devil's Third, the first effort from his own upstart Valhalla Game Studios. Prior to a litigious fallout with Tecmo, Itagaki oversaw the company's modern Ninja Gaiden games and the Dead or Alive fighting and beach vacation franchises.

In development at Illinois-based Volition, Saints Row: The Third picks up with the player running the Third Street Saints. Once a small-town gang, the Saints have grown to control the organized crime within Stilwater and even have their own brand, with licensed sneakers, energy drinks, and bobbleheads. However, the Saints' success has drawn the attention of the globally powerful Syndicate, a criminal fraternity that insists on a cut of the action. Players will adopt the role of a member of the Saints who must relocate to the Syndicate's hometown of Steelport after a botched bank robbery forces them to flee Stilwater.

For more on the open-world action game, check out GameSpot's latest preview of Saints Row: The Third.

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79 comments
Deathsequel
Deathsequel

Saints Row makes GTA look like my mom's bra strap. A little advice: Stay away from my mom. She starred in Godzilla.

bad_fur_day
bad_fur_day

I wonder if putting in Itagaki will make the game any better, probably not. :P

chyng85
chyng85

I look forward this~!:P

DKant
DKant

Here's a line from the game: "Nah, the bounce is not quite right".

gamedude83
gamedude83

Am I the only person thinking to myself, "Who cares!?" This is one of the stupidest stories I've read in a while.I could care less about this guy!

shkar
shkar

I want HIDEO KOJIMA in ..........!!!!!!!!!

Kero100
Kero100

I thought i saw a bahamut

aaronfhff123
aaronfhff123

Saints row has more variety and stuff to do, but GTA has better gameplay, graphics, and more believable characters.

AlmaDanny
AlmaDanny

Itagaki is the man.NGB is still the best in the series and from what i've seen so far NG3 doesn't really excite me at all.

turnerdoc
turnerdoc

i agree with ronnet this game will rock ive been a gta nut since it was on ps the best was san andreas then they went real life suckkked saints row lets you have fun i want real life i'll open my door

MN121MN
MN121MN

You can, as a gamer explain the ups and downs of GTA and Saints Row, but you can't possibly say which one is better, because you're a gamer of choice. Some people prefer GTA, some Saints Row and some both of them.

ronnet
ronnet

@iamnessie, GTA was one of the first, if not the first game in the genre now known as 'openworld action games'. At any rate GTA3 was the first to bring this genre to the full 3D playing field which revolutionized it. GTA:SA was the most of the top of all the GTA games and the original Saint's Row was an obvious clone of it. But GTA has since then retreated to its more serious nature (albeit with sarcasm and comical elements). While Saint's Row has continued the over the top action and even went futher then GTA ever went. Right now Saint's Row is as much its own franchise as Just Cause is within the openworld action game genre. I wouldn't consider it a clone at all. It;s easy to love GTA and hate Saint's Row (and vice versa) because they are so different.

RadioactiveMah
RadioactiveMah

@iamnessie, I don't agree about this game being a GTA clone, it does share its genre, but it's a fun-crazy game that deserve it's own spot and respect. I played SR2 a lot, and I had 1000% more fun then the whole of GTA4.

iamnessie
iamnessie

Even though the series is a GTA clone in pretty much every sense, the games are some good action packed fun that doesn't take itself too seriously. i love it despite the major problems it has.

iamnessie
iamnessie

Well DOA Extreme Beach Volleyball IS one of the most influential games ever made /end sarcasm

MrOrigami
MrOrigami

Of all the people they could've added, they chose Mr. oatmeal face...

MuddVader
MuddVader

"You know what I see 'Kenzie? I'm a ****ing TOILET" I laughed, hard 2:05, cool ddos

Yulaw2000
Yulaw2000

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seangames
seangames

This has the potential to be the craziest game ever made.

Mcgnnis1
Mcgnnis1

@ Crunchb3rry: How dare you, asking Itagaki being available on easy, Itagaki pwns gamers who prefer easy games, that's why he makes games that makes you cry while running to your mommies...lmaorofl......

Sniper
Sniper

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OrNiGhTZ
OrNiGhTZ

Nice marketing , still would like to know what devil's third is all about though; why are they still so tight-lipped about it

crunchb3rry
crunchb3rry

He should only be available on the easy difficulty.

Brettsky128
Brettsky128

Well I knew I'd love the game, but now I think I'm IN love with the game.

MadGamer132
MadGamer132

****yeah! what would team ninja think now? a falling out can give u a 2nd chance with someone, a game cameo!

Psycho_Hands
Psycho_Hands

Holy ****! This game just got more awsome.

joeisnub
joeisnub

Plenty of sexual harassment to go around for him in this game.

HaloPimp978
HaloPimp978

SR3 just got even more with itagaki which is going to be a awesome game.

Taegre
Taegre

Nice to see game developers giving other devs nods like this, even as their publishers are trying to tear each other's throats out.

Aurey
Aurey

YAAAAAY. Now give some news related to Devil's third please.

drangel_jam
drangel_jam

That's actually a nice stunt. Younger gamers may not know how legendary Itagaki is. To be honest, I m not yet sold on his Tokyo Vikings project. The characters looks generic, along with the scenario. I do hope the gameplay won't disappoint.

vader501st
vader501st

I'll choose him just to see his player get tossed halfway through the city. SR 3 may be cool, but he's an ass.

slaigo7
slaigo7

Yeah, Gillermo Del Toro would be awesome (no sarcasm included)

abfackeln
abfackeln

Just when I thought this game couldn't get any cooler...

idosofacility
idosofacility

cant U ppl see the BEAUTY of it? Itagaki is THE perfect guy to show up in such a REDICULOUS over the top game like this! EPIC WIN ALL THE WAY!

Franzkill
Franzkill

Now add Kevin Butler to the list and you have a GOTY title on board. :)

Taix34
Taix34

Rather have Kojima, But thats me :P But Itagaki is good too :D

derek_brown
derek_brown

i dont need to see anymore from the day it was announced i wanted SR.

meharu
meharu

Playing as Itagaki wielding a katana would be awesome, i might get the game just for that.

BATTOSAI76
BATTOSAI76

Well that's... good... I guess?... Why Itagaki?

magicalclick
magicalclick

Playing him and going into Kinky club. :P