Saints Row IV launching August 20

Teaser trailer for open-world action game reveals midsummer release date for current-generation consoles and PC.

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A teaser trailer for the already-confirmed Saints Row IV today reveals the open-world action game will launch in North America August 20 for current-generation consoles and PC. A launch for the rest of the world is slated for August 23.

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In development at Volition Inc., Saints Row IV will be published by new franchise owner Deep Silver, which acquired the developer and the series for $22.3 million during the THQ bankruptcy auction in January.

Saints Row IV continues the story of the Third Street Saints, but with a twist. This time, the head of the Saints has been elected president of the United States and must fend off a "catastrophic alien invasion." The aliens have transported the Saints into a "bizarro-Steelport simulation," and players must make use of various superpowers to fight to free humanity from the invaders.

"Escape the simulation that's trapped the Saints crew, or die trying," reads a line from the game description.

When THQ canceled Saints Row: The Third's Enter the Dominatrix expansion last year, the company said this content would be folded into the new game.

A Deep Silver representative told Joystiq that Saints Row IV is not simply Enter the Dominatrix masquerading as an all-new game.

"That expansion was cancelled and elements of it were rolled into Saints Row 4," a spokesperson told the site. "There will be a director's cut of Enter the Dominatrix released as DLC when SR4 comes out."

For more on the franchise, check out GameSpot's review of Saints Row: The Third, which has sold over 5.5 million units to date.

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