Fear & Respect goes up in smoke

Game fronted by Snoop Dogg and John Singleton canceled; Midway still plans to work with the pair of stars.

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LOS ANGELES--With the recent abundance of urban-themed games flooding retail shelves, it made sense that a publisher would collaborate with two of the entertainment industry's best inner-city yarn spinners. In 2004, Midway Games announced that it had struck a deal with rapper and one-time Dr. Dre protégé Snoop Dogg and Boyz n the Hood director John Singleton.

They agreed to meld minds for Fear & Respect, a gritty tale about youths in South Central, which would be overseen by Singleton and feature the voice and likeness of Snoop. Development on the game was bumpier than a ride in an Impala with hydraulics, as the shooter's status bobbed and weaved, at one time being slated for current-gen consoles and later scheduled exclusively for next-generation systems.

It turns out the game won't be any generation now. Speaking with GameSpot News, Midway CEO David Zucker said, "Fear & Respect is on the back burner. We are still working with Snoop and John Singleton to do a game, but the actual game Fear & Respect is canceled."

The reason for the cancellation isn't clear, but it may be part of Midway's new plan in dealing with crowded genres. "I think we're at a juncture in the video game business. Everyone's talking about it. How many times are you going to give me the 16th iteration of...I'm not even going to talk about the other products," Zucker explained. "The 20th iteration of a driving game isn't going to keep the industry growing."

Discussion

74 comments
TC_Squared
TC_Squared

How does this game have user score votes when it was canceled?

Serchant2
Serchant2

Too bad. It looked like it could have been a great game.

eabig
eabig

really think this game could've been big

atm0073
atm0073

Shame. Could have been a good game, I think.

Jigsaw9798
Jigsaw9798

@freshtodefkid You'll probably never read this but do you even realize what "cum out" means. Please say come out next time.

CLOWNKID
CLOWNKID

thats dumb let snoop come out with his game

redskins21
redskins21

I was looking foward to this game to come out

freshtodefkid
freshtodefkid

damn i was looking forward for that game to cum out

tornadoshank
tornadoshank

they can still improve it tho....they can turn it to a "Boyz N Tha Hood" game wit all dem mans up in there doin theyre own thang....lol.

gunboyx
gunboyx

well there has been a lot of these.

Tomdogg
Tomdogg

Oh well....not the first game ever cancelled.

taino1128
taino1128

man, i was lookin forward to this game

YOU_GANGSTA
YOU_GANGSTA

MAN!!!!!!!!!! I was lookin forward 2 tat game

LikwidX3
LikwidX3

ohh well, wouldve been kool to play as snoop dee ohh double g as a main character.

comthitnuong
comthitnuong

aw man my boi snoop d o double g got played

boolow407
boolow407

Yeah, if it was going to be anything close to "bulletproof" or 25 to life, then we are fortunate. Looked like a GTA rip off anyway. This does come as bad news to Sony's fanboys, making the weak game line up for the PS3 even weaker. Then again, Sony didnt lose much by this one being dumped.

Bloodzombie77
Bloodzombie77

Ha ha, this is the best news I've heard in a while. No one respects Snoop anymore, myself included. I guess that's what he deserves for trying to be an uppity retard by starting his own celebrity-only gaming league. I remember GI doing a cover story on it almost 2 years ago, and now it's bitten the dust, I laugh at Snoop's pain.

Benny_is_here
Benny_is_here

Snoop's my favorite, but I too hate urban themed games...

GreyFoxV1
GreyFoxV1

"The 20th iteration of a driving game isn't going to keep the industry growing." I was going to say something about how these games always suck but that quote gets straight to the point.

VincentV21
VincentV21

This is a glimmer of hope in the big, dark, nasty crap ridden toilet that is sometimes called the video game industry. I hope this is the start of the downfall of urban themed games. But hey, it is capitalism baby! If gamers are STOOOOOPID enough to buy crap like 25 to Life or 50 Cent: Bulletproof, then why not sell it to those millions of 'tards?

OO7OO7
OO7OO7

Who cares we have seen allot of crappy urban games trying to stand up to GTA SanAndreas.

StillWingless
StillWingless

*shrug* not surprising. the hip-hop/street fad in gaming is losing a lot of appeal. it only seems natural that they'd cancel it if it wasn't that good... and it never looked that good.

gman313
gman313

Thank god am tired of sterotype games that have african american males in it. Why does a game wit a black man in it have to be about the streets

gman313
gman313

Thank god am tired of sterotype games that have african american males in it. Why does a game wit a black man in it have to be about the streets

Briantb_2008
Briantb_2008

Theres to many games like that so It won't be missed

ThePhantomVI
ThePhantomVI

Awww, poor Snoop. At least he has his "gaming league" to fall back on.... (yes, this is sarcasm)

jonnyjd
jonnyjd

Thank you for cancelling this. Enough is enough.

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

Well, at least somebody is realizing the over-saturation of certain genres. *cough* shooters *cough*

Fatality4u
Fatality4u

Thank the lord, Midway finally saw that this was going to horrible if it was going to go any farther.

Reetesh
Reetesh

Midway did a Good thing not making games of the same type again(as many are there in the market of ths Type) hope they come up wwith something New and nice:D

iammai
iammai

like they said it "it may be part of Midway's new plan in dealing with crowded genres" how ever i' am sorry for that.

CaptainLunchbox
CaptainLunchbox

thank god. oh thank you god. and thank you Snoop's Gaming League of Godly Celebrity for excluding the little guy.

KiLLer_ba
KiLLer_ba

Good, we dont more washed up GTA clones.

SonicHurricane
SonicHurricane

HAHAHHAHA Yes!!!! there is justice in the world. I am so sick of the open ended urban-thug simulator games. This one looked like a total stinker in the first place. Good riddance. No if the 50 cent game sequel gets canned the world will be a somewhat better place.

adroitone
adroitone

Space_Godzillla Any game with a "gangsta" rapper in it will no doubt fail.____Well apparently, Def Jam Vendatta and Fight for NY did fail. They were done good.

KarthikKane
KarthikKane

After seeing how LA Rush bombed Midway would think twice before making a games full of rappers.

trogdorchief01
trogdorchief01

there are too many games like that already, a cancellation may be a good thing

FallenAngel
FallenAngel

Thank god...the fad of releasing GTA wannabes is finally coming to a close, JUST maybe...

Primenova
Primenova

This coming from the company that keeps putting out Mortal Kombat and Rush games every year. Despite brief lulls in releases, there have been way too many games in these genres, too.

Timstuff
Timstuff

Proof that God exists, and that he loves us!