Saints Row IV is coming to the Nintendo Switch this year, and it’s bringing a load of bonus content with it, as publisher Deep Silver announced a Switch port of the game today dubbed the Re-Elected edition, setting it for release this spring and revealing that it will come with all of the game’s rich and varied DLC. Originally released in 2013, Saints Row IV puts gamers into the customizable role of The Boss, the leader of the 3rd Street Saints gang, as he is elected President of the United States after thwarting a terrorist attack.
Unfortunately, an evil alien army led by the snobbish Overlord Zinyak soon invades Earth, forcing the Saints into action to free humanity from a Matrix-like virtual world and defeat the extraterrestrials controlling it. The game would continue the Saints Row series’ transition from a somewhat grounded Grand Theft Auto parody to an off-the-rails science fiction adventure, featuring full-blown superpowers, outlandish weapons like a gun that shoots dubstep music at enemies, a “Nolan North” voice option provided by the man himself, and a crazy cast of squadmates that saw the characters from previous games join forces with the likes of Keith David and Rowdy Roddy Piper – as in the actual real-life people, who even spoof their iconic fight scene from They Live! at one point.
According to Deep Silver’s press release earlier today, Saint’s Row IV: Re-Elected will be available as both a physical release and digital Nintendo eShop download for $39.99. In addition to the game’s main storyline, players will also get a total of 25 pieces of DLC that were previously released on other consoles. This includes two bonus campaigns, the “lost episode”-style Enter the Dominatrix and the holiday-themed The Saints Save Christmas, as well as all of the bonus weapons and costumes included in the Dubstep Gun (Remix) Pack, Presidential Pack and Commander-In-Chief Pack. Furthermore, players who pre-order the physical title at Gamestop will receive a special Saints Row Presidential Pin Badge Set. The game is set for release on March 27.
The Saints Row series had previously debuted on the Switch with last year’s Saints Row The Third: The Full Package edition, an update to the much-lauded 2011 third installment of the series. The re-release wound up receiving mixed reviews due to its aged gameplay and a number of technical hiccups, the most prominently discussed one being a drastic drop in framerate when the game is played while the console is in its “docked” mode.
There’s a real possibility that these issues could carry over to Saints Row IV: Re-Elected, but hopefully Deep Silver has learned its lessons porting the previous game to the Switch. Saints Row IV was an entertaining send-up of sci-fi films like Independence Day and The Matrix, and it would be a shame for Nintendo players to have their experience of this game marred by spotty performance. However, if these problems are fixed, a new audience of gamers will finally be able to enjoy on of the most unique open-world games of the current generation when Saints Row IV: Re-Elected comes to the Nintendo Switch on March 27.
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Saints Row IV: Re-Elected releases on March 27, 2020 for Nintendo Switch.
J. Brodie Shirey