Scheduled to be released in less than a month, the new Saints Row Reboot game is the first AAA title to open the autumn/winter 2022 gaming season, and judging by the size of its map, it should keep us busy for a couple of weeks.
Developed by Volition and published by Deep Silver for PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and Series S, the new Saints Row game is the fifth installment in the series.
However, since the upcoming title aims to change a few things in the franchise, instead of Saints Row V, developers decided to also change its name. Therefore Saints Row 5 ended up being named Saints Row Reboot.
While there are many debates about the upcoming changes in the Saints Row 2022 game, we’ll try to avoid them and focus on one important aspect: the size of the map.
If you are new to the series and looking forward to buying this game before anything else, it’s worth pointing out that SR Reboot is an open world title; therefore, the size of the map is quite essential as it dictates how much time you’ll spend exploring.
So, let’s see what else you should know.
Where Does The Saints Row Reboot Take Place
Saints Row Reboot or Saints Row 5, if you want, takes place in Santo Ileso, a fictional city located on the southwestern side of the United States. Even though it is a fictional city, Santo Ileso is pretty similar to Reno, Nevada.
According to developers and based on the trailers released so far, Santo Ileso is home to three rival gangs:
- Los Panteros
- The Idols
- Marshall Defense Industries
Without going into details about the backgrounds of the rival gangs, fans of the game should know that each band controls a total of 5 regions, also known as districts.
While the complete list of Saints Row Reboot districts remains unknown for now, creative director Brian Traficante announced that there are 15 different districts available in Saints Row 2022.
The announcement was made via a trailer uploaded on the Saints Row Youtube Channel, but you can watch it below.
Furthermore, the breakdown trailer outlines three of the 15 districts in the video game:
- Rancho Providencia – Los Panteros territory – home to the iconic old Scorpion factory where they work on their precious cars as well as other industries like the Panther Juice Hot Sauce factory.
- Lakeshore – Controlled by Marshall, practically owned by it – an urban jungle of skyscrapers and businesses, marked by Marshall’s iconic HQ building – you can’t miss it on the skyline.
- Monte Vista – Home to the rich and powerful – and also where the anarchist group The Idols hold their outrageous parties in gated homes, destroying rich people’s stuff is kind of their thing.
Last but not least, Brian Traficante outlines that the Santo Illeso map is the largest ever created by Deep Silver Volition, even though it features 15 districts, whereas Saints Row 4 map had 18 regions.
This means that fans of the game will have fewer districts to conquer, but the game’s world is bigger, therefore explaining the existence of the helicopters.
While the number of Saints Row Reboot districts doesn’t determine the size of the world we get to explore, the actual in-game map stands behind Brian Traficante’s statement, but there is a catch here, and you’ll want to be aware of it.
A recent leak for the Saints Row 2022 game map allowed fans to directly compare the areas available in the upcoming title and those from the previous games of the franchise.
As you can notice below, the Saints Row 5 map is notably larger than the Saints Row The Third map and smaller than the one available in Saints Row 2.
Based on Brian Traficante’s gameplay footage, however, we should expect the largest world Volition ever developed.
So, where is the rest of the map? Well, if you pay close attention to the leaked map above, you can see that some roads (especially northwestern ones) lead to nowhere, and the map looks unfinished.
That’s because this isn’t the full Santo Ileso map, but only a part of it. So where is the rest, you ask? It will be available as part of the upcoming DLCs, which, as you can guess, are not free.
Saints Row Reboot Expansion Pass is a bit different than other addons because, according to developers: The Saints Row Expansion Pass gives access to three expansion episodes. With each expansion, new areas of the game world are opened up, featuring a wealth of new gameplay content to discover – including new missions, new enemies, new diversions, new weaponry, new vehicles, and customization options.
This means that for each episode you get to access via the Expansion Pass, new areas become available, but the Expansion Pass is available only as part of the Saints Row Gold Edition and Platinum Edition.
Obviously, you can also buy it separately; however, you won’t be able to explore the full Saints Row 5 map without the Expansion Pass.
This approach generated a lot of complaints among fans, primarily because the Gold Edition sells for $90 while the Platinum Edition for $100 (PS4, PS5, Xbox & PC).
So, simply put, you’ll want to start saving this August if you want to explore the full world in the new Saints Row game.
The Standard Edition of the game sells for $60, but it includes only The Idols Anarchy Pack, which consists of 3 customization items:
- Idols DJ Helmet
- Twinkle Bat
- Sandstorm Scrambler
So as you can guess, the Standard Edition won’t come with all areas except those from the leaked map. Therefore I suggest checking this SR5 pre-order guide before starting your criminal ventures.
If you are interested in the co-op aspect of the game (available via drop-in), you should also know that even if your partner has the Expansion Pass, you most likely won’t be able to travel to the locked areas.
Finally, if you want to play the new Saints Row game on PC, you should know that it’s an Epic Games Store exclusive title and won’t be available on Steam on the release date or on August 23, 2022.