Talking to GameReactor, Saints Row IV design director Scott Phillips said the fourth game represents the conclusion to the Saints story arc started in the original 2008 title.
“We’re definitely considering Saints Row 4 sort of the end of that saga of this character and the Saints as they are,” Phillips told GameReactor. “So if there’s any more future Saints Rows—which you know we always hope there will be, we hope there’s fans for future games like that—they will probably continue in a different direction.”
So fear not—IV doesn’t represent the end of the series or franchise, simply the end of the nameless protagonist’s overarching narrative with the Third Street Saints.
Saints Row IV launches on PC, PS3, and Xbox 360 August 20 in North America, August 23 in Europe, and August 26 in the rest of the world.