The game builds upon the fundamentals of Saints Row by improving the respect system, adding more varied activities, increasing the extent to which the player can customize their character, gang, and vehicles, and adding a number of new vehicle models.
It expands the Stilwater setting and adds new gameplay features and content.
After completing Red Faction II in late 2002, developer Volition began work on the original Saints Row game in mid-2003.
The game was released in 2006 to critical acclaim and commercial success.
The series' fourth entry, Saints Row IV was released on 20 August 2013, with an expansion called Gat out of Hell released on 20 January 2015 in North America and 23 January 2015 in Europe.
Steelport is run by three gangs, much like Stilwater was in Saints Row and Saints Row 2, yet these gangs—Morning Star, the Deckers and the Luchadores—are all under the control of the Syndicate. Downloadable content for Saints Row: The Third was announced before the game's November 2011 release along with a commitment from publisher THQ to support 40 weeks of content.
In this simulation the Saints must fight against the enemy for justice of their past and their own worst fears.
Saints Row IV's first story-driven downloadable content pack, Enter the Dominatrix, is a "directors cut" version of the cancelled Saints Row: The Third expansion of the same name, and was released on October 22, 2013.
The game is set five years after the events of Saints Row: The Third.
After the Saints stop a terrorist attack by Cyrus Temple on the United States, the Saints leader has been elected president.
The player again controls the leader of the 3rd Street Saints, who have grown from their humble roots as a street gang into a worldwide crime group.