Today Deep Silver and Volition announced and dropped the Saints Row Boss Factory – a free, standalone version of the Saints Row character creator available for download at present on PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One and PC (via Epic).
We’ve managed to take a sneaky look at Boss Factory, which includes everything you’ll be able to customize in the full game, and we’ve broken down all of the different options available when creating your own Boss as well as highlighted some of them. the fantastic and hilarious bosses we’ve seen so far.
Want to download Boss Factory for yourself or check out some of the weird and wild creations from the community? Go to the Saints Row website.
Get that boss body
Much like previous Saints Row games, there’s enormous freedom when customizing your character’s body and body features. Right off the bat, it’s clear that Volition hasn’t locked anyone into a specific body type or gender layout, with sliders and modifiers making it easy to tweak your build and shape the way you want.
This goes for skin types and colors too, with the full color spectrum available for skin tones, whether you’re trying to recreate yourself, a famous figure, or just going wild. There’s even a whole range of options available for things like body hair (again, available no matter what “type” of body you rock), shine, vein and muscle definition, tan lines, scars, and even a bunch of vitiligo presets. Different types of arm and leg prostheses are also available and look really well integrated into your Boss’ outfits and animations.
And yes, for those who were most concerned scandalous things wouldn’t cut it in this quirky Saints Row reboot, rest assured the options for chest and groin size are still there. You can even swap out the usual mosaic censor for a bunch of “modesty” stickers, and in a surprising change, Volition has freed up the nipple for everyone and added a few size selections to boot.
Fight for the gods
Like his body, your boss’ face is one of the most detailed and customizable ways to express yourself in Saints Row.
I’m a big fan of the presets approach here, with a bunch of ready-to-use faces available that can be applied as a whole or mixed together as you tweak and modify each part of your face and head . Of course, whether you start with a preset or a blank slate, you can tweak and fine-tune things as much as you want to get exactly the look you want. It’s also a great idea to be able to turn off asymmetry and customize both sides of your face separately!
When it comes to decorating your boss’ head, you have 63 hairstyles, 22 facial hair selections, and a bunch of options for eyebrows, eyelashes, skin tone, scars, wrinkles, accessories. and makeup. The hair options seem to do a good job of covering a wide variety of types and styles, although there aren’t many options to change them outside of their color and shine.
Dressed to kill (a lot)
Your boss will need to look the part when dealing all sorts of damage, so the Boss Factory has a few options for dressing them up. From individual tops, bottoms and accessories to full cuts, there’s something for everyone – although the selection is slim compared to what we assume you’ll be able to buy or unlock in the game itself.
It’s also worth noting that while you can change colors in several parts of most outfit pieces, there seem to be options to tweak things down to material that aren’t available in the initial character creator. Like the clothing options themselves and the current selection of tattoo designs, this is likely tied to game progression, so we’re keen to see how it all plays out.
Your boss doesn’t just need to look good, he also needs to know how to get attention on the street. With a selection of different emotes available to immediately assign to your character, you’ll be able to do just that – and even more once you likely open up more options in-game.
A new feature in the series is Walking Emotes, which go beyond basic emotes and actually increase how your character moves around the world after activating them!
Naturally, you can also customize your boss’ speech with eight different voiceover options.
Be your own boss (or someone else’s)
Players can also easily save and share their Boss creations directly from Boss Factory, as well as import them into their Saints Row game. This can be done automatically when using Boss Factory and Saints Row on the same platform, but characters can too be shared on all platforms using special sharing codes. there’s even a Boss Factory hub at Saints Row website where everyone can share, vote and download each other’s creations.
We can’t wait to see what people come up with once Boss Factory has been out for a little while, but here are some of our favorites that came from the development team before launch:
Saints Row is set to release on Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC on August 23, 2022. Learn more here.
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