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Saints Row 4 anime costume pack hits Steam, is nuts

Tuesday, 7th January 2014 15:08 GMT By Dave Cook

Saints Row 4 developer Volition Inc has released the game’s anime costume pack on Steam, and it’s pretty bonkers.

The pack’s blurb is as mad as the content. It reads, “Finally, the fantasy of Eastern cultural happiness can be yours! Get hair defying the elements of winds! Slice many of the people of bad with Braver Sword! Kaiju-XL makes little of foes with speed and curiosity! Also dress up clothing changes any Street of 3 Holy Man a beholding wonder!”

As you can see from the pack’s Steam hub, players will be given two new outfits, a weapon that looks suspiciously like Cloud’s Buster Sword and a Kaiju-XL rifle. It’ll run you £1.49.

We’ve got screens below.

What do you make of the pack?

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  1. YoungZer0

    Can’t they release a proper pack with A LOT of costumes instead of just two?

    #1 6 months ago
  2. salarta

    In before a greedy-as-fuck Squeenix sues the company for the male design because they think it’s too similar to Zack.

    #2 6 months ago
  3. Ireland Michael

    @2 Now you’re just clutching at straws mate.

    #3 6 months ago
  4. TheWulf

    This is one of the things I love so much about Volition. It’s a weird state of affairs, honestly. I find Grand Theft Auto horribly insulting, most of the time, and the monstrous characters you’re forced to play as may have something to do with that. It’s very grim, very dark, and very evil.

    Saints Row, on the other hand, is so light-hearted by comparison. It’s like stepping out of a dark tunnel into the light. Volition knows precisely how to playfully poke fun at and parody something without either directly copying it or being hurtful. This, for example, isn’t an ‘attack on weeaboos,’ it’s a celebration of Japanese gaming culture.

    This one’s meant for anime fans to don and to laugh at themselves as they get up to ridiculous antics in SR IV. It was the same for me, as most of my time I spent as a werewolf in a business suit. And then, later, a werewolf in a tux as 00Wulf. That’s something you can do.

    It’s a game that encourages you to laugh at yourself, and I think it feels good to do so. If I were as much of an anime fan now as I was a decade or so ago, I’d be all over this.

    @1

    It’s a premium because they’re not Bethesda, 2K, or Activision. Volition is a fairly small development house (similar to Obsidian), and their publisher is a fairly small European publisher. On top of that, they’re developing a niche game that won’t appeal to the standard modern military shooter audience. The Saints Row games are very niche, and having a sense of humour and being able to laugh at yourself are prerequisites.

    So anything they develop is going to have a higher overhead. And honestly, if anime fans want to bounce around as Cloud Strife, then that’s fair enough. I’d have more of a problem if these antics were tied into bigger publishers and developers, but they’re not.

    Money is not equal throughout publishers and developers. Some are rolling in it whereas others are struggling.

    This is almost akin to a donation system to keep Volition afloat and to help prove that what they’re doing is popular enough to keep making money. As such, I’m likely going to pick this up for the gun and the sword alone, but mostly because I want to support Volition. I don’t want them to go under.

    #4 6 months ago