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‘Saints Row IV’ will skip the Wii U


When Saints Row IV hits this summer, Wii U owners won’t be able to get in on the fun.

New publisher Deep Silver confirmed Friday, per Polygon, that the latest entry in the popular open-world action-adventure franchise won’t hit Nintendo’s console, though no official reason was given for the decision. The game is scheduled to drop in the United States on Aug. 20 and worldwide on Aug. 23 for “current gen” consoles – Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, in other words – and PC. The game will still be developed by Volition, which was acquired by Deep Silver parent Koch Media after THQ’s dissolution in January.

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The game takes the series’ penchant for absolute, over-the-top insanity and cranks it up to 11 – surprising that that’s even possible after the zaniness of Saint’s Row: The Third. In this outing, the leader of the Saints has been elected to the highest office in the land – that’s right, he or she is the freakin’ President of the United States – and must contend with a full-scale alien invasion. The aliens drop the Saints into a virtual simulation of Steelport and the gang must use simulated superpowers to fight back and escape. The game incorporates elements of a planned Saints Row: The Third expansion, “Enter the Dominatrix,” which was canceled last year. The expansion was also planned to center around an alien invasion.

Polygon also reports that more details about the game will be revealed at PAX East, which begins Friday.

Are you disappointed that Saint’s Row IV isn’t coming to the Wii U? Are you excited to ride with the Saints again (we happen to think you should be)? Or, alternatively, does the alien invasion plot finally push the series too for your taste? Let us know in the comments.

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