The PC version of Saints Row 2 is infamously troubled. When it first launched on Windows in 2009, the port was derided as sloppy, buggy, and slapdash. Despite being primarily done by CD Projekt’s localization team, the game had numerous graphical issues and broken quests. To make matters worse, the multiplayer was done through GameSpy, which shut down in 2013, and the game’s source code was lost during THQ’s bankruptcy sale in the same year. It’s been a mess for years and many PC gamers rightfully skipped right past it to the third and fourth installments.
There may now be hope for PC people that have never experienced the 3rd Street Saints in their home town of Stilwater! The missing source code has been found. In Volition’s Saints Row 2 anniversary stream, the studio revealed that with this original code, they can right the wrongs of the past and update the game to its intended performance. Additionally, they will add higher resolution support, farther in-game draw distance, all the DLC that’s only been available on console, and they are switching multiplayer over to Steamworks. Current owners of Saints Row 2 on Steam will get the updated version for free.