The next entry in the third-party lineup of the Nintendo Switch is going to be by none other than Saints Row: The Third.
In a surprising announcement made at Gamescom 2018 earlier today, publisher Deep Silver revealed that a handheld version is currently in the works at one of its subsidiary studios — Fishlabs Entertainment.
— Deep Silver UK (@DeepSilverUK) August 21, 2018
There was nothing else shared apart from a tentative release date set for sometime next year. Deep Silver has promised to provide more details before the week is over but there is no assurance that gameplay footage will be part of it.
This is the first time that a Nintendo console is being graced by the Saints Row franchise. Saints Row: Money Shot, also known as Saints Row: Drive-By, was announced for the 3DS almost a decade ago before being canned.
Elsewhere, the Nintendo Switch is getting ready to receive Diablo III later this year. The full package will feature both the Reaper of Souls and Rise of the Necromancer expansion packs, as well as a few features new to the franchise.
Diablo III will bundle exclusive cosmetic items based on the Legend of Zelda franchise. In that light, it is almost given that Saints Row: The Third will accompany something similar when it arrives on the Nintendo Switch.
Saints Row: The Third was released for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC back in 2011. Saints Row IV followed for the same platforms in 2013 before jumping over to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in 2015.