Volition has announced its next game and while it's not a Saints Row title, the game does share some of the same DNA. Agents of Mayhem is an open-world action game that takes place in the Saints Row universe and shares some of the iconography, but is still it's own thing. Volition continues the comic book superhero thing Saints Row IV pulled off so well.
Players will step into the shoes of Agents of M.A.Y.H.E.M. (the Multinational Agency for Hunting Evil Masterminds), a group of international agents created to stop L.E.G.I.O.N. (the League of Evil Gentlemen Intent on Obliterating Nations), an evil organization of supervillains. The battle will play out in a futuristic version of Seoul, Korea, with players switching between the team of three field agents on the fly. Agents of Mayhem will also have some version of base-building, allowing players to upgrade the ARK, their headquarters.
There's a major common thread between Saints Row and Agents of Mayhem: the Ultor Corporation, which was antagonistic in Saints Row 2, was ultimately absorbed into the 3rd Street Saints by the time Saints Row: The Third rolled around. That Ultor is bankrolling the M.A.Y.H.E.M. team; the team's logo and use of purple is a clear callback to the Saints. Oddly enough, the Ultor Corporation was also the villain in the first Red Faction, somewhat establishing a grand Volition timeline, even if the company can no longer make Red Faction games. (Nordic Games owns the property.)
"While Agents of Mayhem is part of a larger Saints Row Universe, this is a brand new IP with a focus on a new cast of characters, new gameplay, and a new open world," said Volition in its official FAQ for the game. "We do have a few surprises in store for Saints Row fans that we'll be revealing at a later date!"
Agents of Mayhem is built on a brand-new internal engine from Volition. The game will be coming to PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 in 2017.
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