Bonkers free-roaming sandbox game Saints Row 4 was at one point going to climax with a full blown Bollywood song and dance routine, the game's creative director has revealed.
Steve Jaros of developer Volition dropped the bombshell as part of a panel discussing the game at San Diego Comic Con. The studio even got as far as researching which song to use, before the motion capture team worked out how much it would cost - and how long it would take - to deliver the gag. The idea was reluctantly abandoned.
"It was on our schedule, and we were trying to do it the right way," said Steve Jaros, as reported by Polygon. "Time kills jokes, is what it boils down to. The stars didn't line up," Jaros explained, but he teased that the new ending will still catch players by surprise. "The spirit of the Bollywood dance number happens [at the end] and it is poetry in motion. It is so good."
The game finds criminal gang the Third Street Saints elected to the White House just in time to face an alien invasion. Expect superpowers and crazy sci-fi weaponry such as a Dubstep Gun. But there'll be culture in amongst the mayhem as well. Use the in-game radio and you'll be able to listen to evil alien Emperor Zinyak reading extracts from Shakespeare plays and the first chapter of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice.
Saints Row 4 is out on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC on August 23rd.