Previous iterations of the Saints Row franchise saw the gang become pop culture icons, saw the Boss become the President of the United States, and then saw them become emperor of a Galactic empire. Saints Row 4 left the franchise nowhere to go, and so the newest game is a reboot of the franchise. The Saints are back on the streets, with players joining them before they are even officially the Saints again.

Of course, their rise to power will not go unopposed. Three gangs stand between the Saints and their goal, those being the vehicle-and-brawler-focused Los Panteros, the militant Marshalls, and the anti-capitalist anarchists The Idols. Players will spend plenty of time with these gangs inSaints Row, but a little briefer on the Idols may be in order.


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Saints Row: The Idols Are More of a Cult Than a Gang

For one, it's worth mentioning that the Idols are more of a social media-oriented cult than a gang, necessarily. More so than coming together for territory or wealth, they come together to bring down the system. They commit crimes to that effect, where they acquire territory and wealth. What's clear about The Idols is that they are, at best, hypocrites and, at worst, how many older generations imagine the modern-day millennial. Truth be told, they attract attention similar to the Saints during their high pop culture days, just with faulty guiding principles. They want to create a post-capitalist world, but it doesn't seem anyone in The Idols actually has a plan for that. They do have plenty of plans for crimes though, from petty theft to bombing.

The main source of recruitment for the Idols are through parties, raves, and social media, where they spread their message, but truth be told, they accept anyone and everyone, making them the most varied and unhinged gang in Santo Ileso. This is seen in how their enemies wield wackier weapons than their enemies, including rotating batons that seem like strange lightsabers. What they lack in comradery like Los Panteros and military training like Marshalls they make up with in sheer numbers, as followers essentially become legion, replacing their former identity with masks and helmets. As they move up the ranks, they shed even more of their identity, with the leaders of the Idols being known as The Collective. What exactly they do differently is unknown.

How The Idols Oppose The Saints

As players know, each of the main characters of Saints Row (except Eli) is associated with one of these gangs at first, with Kevin being a former Idol before throwing himself in with his friends in the Saints. Snippets shown so far include how The Collective doesn't appreciate Kevin going to the Saints, but why exactly and how this ties into the story remains to be seen. Still, the Saints look to be the top gang in all Santo Ileso, and that would likely impact The Collective's vision for its anti-capitalist society...not that it has much vision beyond the next rave anyway.

Saints Row releases on August 23 for PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X.

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