Saints Row creators Volition today announced they'll release a new open-world explode-o-rama in 2017, though it's not a new Saints Row. Not really. Agents of Mayhem [official site] will see the good-ish guys of M.A.Y.H.E.M. (the Multinational Agency for Hunting Evil Masterminds) scrapping with the dastardly L.E.G.I.O.N. (the League of Evil Gentlemen Intent on Obliterating Nations) in open-world shooty antics. Here, check out the announcement trailer:
Agents of Mayhem is a single-player third-person shooter set in a Seoul overrun with high-tech supervillains. Expect underground lairs and doomsday devices.
Players will lead a squad of three agents - from a roster of twelve, it looks like - and switch between them on the go. Agents each have their own fancy gadgets and can be upgraded and customised, so it sounds like it'll have fair scope for putting together an interesting squad. Or, more likely, I'll pick characters based on their personalities then try to bodge a functional squad.
All the marketing talk about "unforgettable characters" reminds me that Cobbo's latest column, about MOBA heroes, is good and I think you might like it, okay.
Agents of Mayhem is not a Saints Row game, but it is clearly a bit Saints Row-y and is set within the same universe. The end of that trailer teases some fairly direct connections too. "We do have a few surprises in store for Saints Row fans," says the game's FAQ.
Agents of Mayhem is due in 2017, published by Deep Silver. Ian Games Network plans to run a month of Agents of Mayhem features, including a peek at actual gameplay. The game will be shown at E3 this month too.