Echo Peak games and Snoop Dogg team up for Way of the Dogg, a new downloadable fighting game
Snoop Dogg and Echo Peak games are teaming up to make Way of the Dogg, a Rhythm/Fighting game hybrid, due out for PSN, XBLA, and smartphones in April.
When I woke up this morning, this is not what I thought I'd find. Yes, Snoop Dogg, hopeful Bill O'Reiley blowjob recipient, has partnered with Echo Peak games to make Way of the Dogg, a new fighting game/rhythm game. In it, the player will follow America Jones, who seeks to avenge his beloved girlfriend Sierra, so he goes to train under the venerable Kung Fu master Snoop Dogg (wait, what?). There, he will train in combat styled after Snoop Dogg songs, none of which I have any knowledge of or care enough to actually look up.
At first, this sounds like some executive had way too much cocaine. But Snoop Dogg is not as unnatural a choice as you may think. The man has had a lifelong love of Blaxploitation films and Kung Fu movies, both of which come forward in his music. He also has a fair degree of fighting game cred, having contributed music to Tekken Tag Tournament 2, and even hosting matches in his own in-game arena.
And while Hip Hop and other genres may not mix (we all remember how 50 Cent Bulletproof went over), fighting games and Hip-Hop have a good history together, with Def Jam: Fight for New York being one of the surprising early hits of the last generation.
The team assembled for the game, Echo peak, while new, is actually made up of experienced rhythm game devs, who, between them, have worked on XBLA fixture Geometry Wars, indie gem Chime, and the highly underrated DJ Hero. So clearly these people know how to make gamers feel the rhythm.
Even the style of game sound pretty good. The images make it look similar to PS2 game Gitaroo man.
Or it could suck. Most likely the latter. Still, here's hoping we get another memorably offbeat title out of the XBLA and PSN before both systems are put to bed at the end of this generation.
The game is due out in April for all platforms.