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Volition Studios, the development team behind the Saints Row series, has pulled back the curtain on a new title. 

Called Agents of Mayhem, Volition showcased a debut cinematic trailer showcasing a slick-looking, stylized world where a group of mercenaries take on some sort of evil, clandestine group. The trailer, an IGN exclusive, was four minutes of unbridled action that introduced several of the main characters to the player, including the rag-tag group of mercenaries named Fortune, Hardtack, and Hollywood.

Deep Silver also released  a press release detailing the basic plot and features of the game. The team is called M.A.Y.H.E.M (the Multinational Agency for Hunting Evil Masterminds) and their job is to hunt and defeat the evil schemes of the organization known as L.E.G.I.O.N (League of Evil Gentlemen Intent on Obliterating Nations). When LEGION begins a global assault to take over the world, only the agents of MAYHEM, lead by the mysterious Persephone Brimstone, can put a stop to their plans of world domination. 

The entire game, according to Deep Silver, is a new comic-hero universe featuring Volition-trademarked open-world gameplay, over the top characters, and a distinct superhero-feel in terms of aesthetics. Volition has also stated that Agents of Mayhem is part of their Saints Row universe, containing symbols and story elements from the Saints Row series which serve as inspiration for the new game. We see this in action with the trailer and official screenshots, as the MAYHEM organization uses a stylized purple fleur-de-lis as it’s logo. 

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Some of the action of Agents of Mayhem, as you mow down enemy ninja cyborg soldiers. Courtesy of Deep Silver.

Other information will be revealed over the next month on IGN, including a closer look at the connection between the Saints Row franchise and Agents of Mayhem, and official gameplay footage. Agents of Mayhem will also be at E3 in some capacity, although, Deep Silver is stating that the game is planned for a 2017 release on the Ps4, Xbox One, and PC.

So what are your thoughts on Agents of Mayhem? Do you like what you see? Leave your comments below.  

Robert Grosso

Staff Writer

A game playing, college teaching, erudite-minded scholar who happens to write some articles every so often. Have worked as a journalist, critic, educator and blogger for over five years now, with articles published (as user editorials) on Game Revolution and Giant Bomb as well as a contributor for the websites Angry Bananas and Blistered Thumbs. Now making TechRaptor my home.

  • BurntToShreds

    I was on board until I read the phrase “Open-World”. I’d love to see Volition try something more linear, and a story about an international mercenary crew tasked with tracking down and stopping supervillains would be the perfect way to experiment with that.

  • Robert Grosso

    possibly, we shall see what they make in the end.

    In truth I get a sort of futuristic, quippy Mercenaries vibe from what I have seen. Which can go either way; those game had some fun moments but really fell apart in design when Pandemic made them.

  • …really fell apart in design when Pandemic made them.

    You mean “When EA published it,” because Playground of Destruction was damned awesome.

  • Robert Grosso

    Playground of Destruction wasn’t that good either.

    They were ok games, both of them. But never something id buy at full price.

  • You can’t be serious.

    Pandemic were awesome, until EA shut them down. Destroy All Humans! was awesome.

    World in Flames was crap, because of EA.

  • Robert Grosso

    Yeah that’s a silly notion. Last I checked EA didn’t develop the game.

    Destroy All Humans was cool. Mercenaries was just an ok series though in comparison.

  • DukeMagus

    Deep Silver’s name on it brings me shivers… I still remember how they advertised Dead island and what i got in the end

  • GrimFate

    Any indication if this is a single-player/co-op game? Basically, this isn’t a multiplayer-only/MMO game, right?