Saints Row: Money Shot (Cancelled PS3/XBOX 360/3DS Game)

Saints Row: Money Shot/Drive-By
The game's logo.
The game's logo.
Status Cancelled

Saints Row: Money Shot, also known as Saints Row: Drive-By, is an unreleased game in the Saints Row series.


'You are Cypher, a deadly assassin in the world of Saints Row, and you hunt the most elusive targets with the most sophisticated weaponry that Ultor has to offer. How sophisticated? You have the ability to control the of your bullet to such a degree that you can weave through the hallway of an apartment complex, steer through the legs of a hooker, and even snake your way through a moving train! Avoid striking solid objects and unintended bystanders and make sure you hit your mark!'
— Leaked Description

This cancelled game would have been released on the Nintendo 3DS, the PlayStation 3 via the PlayStation Network, and the Xbox 360 via the Xbox Live Arcade. It would have been 580mb and would have cost 800 MS points.

It would have contained 12 Achievements, totalling 200 gamerscore.

After it was cancelled, the unlockable rewards were released as part of the Moneyshot Pack DLC for Saints Row: The Third.


Saints Row: Drive-By was originally being developed for Xbox Live Arcade, and was first announced publicly at Nintendo's 2010 E3 floor show, No images of the game under the name "Drive-By" were ever released.

The game was said to take place between Saints Row 2 and Saints Row: The Third, and would have built players' enthusiasm up for the latter. The PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions of this game were to feature connectivity with Saints Row: The Third that would have allowed the user to unlock special content for both games.

On the 3rd of November, 2010, Danny Bilson, THQ's Vice president of Creative Development stated in an interview with Shacknews that they had changed the design and were going to something more unique.

On the 3rd of May, 2011, Meristation reported that they had discovered that Saints Row: Drive-By was now listed as cancelled in the resume of a developer, which was re-reported by VG24/7, who contacted THQ for an official confirmation, but it was Joystiq who received the reply from THQ that " [THQ] are not developing Saints Row: Drive By." 

In June 2011, at E3, an exclusive mode was announced for the PS3 which would use the Playstation Move.

On the 9th of August, 2011, THQ issued a press release stating that they were closing their development team in Phoenix. What was not known at that time was that this was the studio responsible for Saints Row: Money Shot.

On the 14nd of August, 2011, a user posted on the se7ensins forum that Saints Row: Money Shot had leaked, and posted images.

On the 21st of August, 2011, posted a gameplay video from the leaked game. This video has been posted to youtube several times, but was regularly taken down by requests from THQ, although no videos have been taken down since THQ went out of business. 

On the 22nd of August, 2011, Kotaku reported that it had found an entry in the Australia Classification board database for Saints Row: Money Shot.

On the 31nd of October, 2011, worthplaying posted an interview with Danny Bilson, who stated that Money Shot had not been cancelled, and would be free on PSN.


Gameplay footage

Before starting each mission, a list of objectives is shown, as well as a bullet selection screen.

The actual gameplay involves the player controlling the flight of a bullet. At the top of the screen is an "influence" bar, which decreases every time the player alters the direction of the bullet. The influence bar slowly recharges when not controlling the bullet, and there are pickups throughout the level which recharge the bar faster.

At the end of each mission, a short sequence will show the aftermath of the bullet's journey, depending on what was hit during the flight.


There are 12 missions in the game, although the 12th mission does not work in the leaked version. Each mission has a number of different challenges, so even though there's so few missions, most will be played several times in order to fully finish the game.

  1. Anna Will Be Right Back - This mission takes place on a street in Steelport
    • Get 5 Near Misses in one shot.
    • Reach 12 x on your Multiplier.
    • Earn 40,000 points.
    • Hit 1 Pigeon.
    • Collect 4 influence pickups in one shot.
    • Collect 4 points pickups in one shot.
    • Hit 2 trash bags in one shot.
    • Hit Anna with a headshot.
    • Hit the blowup doll.
    • Hit the gun.
    • Fly under the parked van.
    • Fly between the two ladies walking together.
    • Fly through the revolving doors.
    • Fly between the newspaper dispensers.
    • Fly under the hot dog stand.
  2. Pillars of Ultor - This mission takes place in an Ultor shooting range
    • Complete mission without flying at Min speed.
    • Earn 200,000 points.
    • Complete Mission while flying only at Max
    • Get 10 Near Misses in one shot.
    • Collect 9 points pickups in one shot.
  3. Trench Warfare - This mission takes place in an Ultor shooting range
    • Collect 6 points pickups in one shot.
    • Earn 100,000 points.
    • Complete Mission while flying only at Max
    • Complete Mission with at least 25 seconds left.
    • Hit 6 destructible objects in one shot.
  4. Shifty Snipe - This mission takes place in an Ultor shooting range
    • Fly through 6 small target plates in one shot.
    • Reach 15 x on your multiplier.
    • Earn 125,000 points.
    • Complete Mission without collecting any
    • Get 12 Near Misses in one shot.
  5. Rush Crush
  6. Dex's New Digs
    • Get 18 Near Misses in one shot.
    • Complete mission while flying only at Max
    • Collect 3 Influence pickups in one shot.
    • Collect 3 points pickups in one shot.
    • Hit 3 pigeons in one shot.
    • Complete mission and earn at least 250,000
    • Hit Dex with a headshot.
    • Hit the wine bottle.
    • Hit the fire extinguisher.
    • Hit the old lady's cane.
    • Hit the girl's soda can.
    • Fly through the entire train
    • Fly through the center of the Donuts! sign.
    • Fly through the cockpit of the helicopter.
    • Fly under the coffee table.
  7. Vexacious
  8. Vertical Refreshment
  9. Zig Zag
  10. Corkscrewed
  11. Biker Striker
  12. Inf Tunnel


The money earned from each mission can be used to upgrade bullets. Bullets can be slowed using LT and speed up using RT.

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  • A beta version of the leaked xbox 360 game is available online, but can only be played on JTAG hacked consoles.
  • Money Shot uses models from Saints Row: The Third, as can be seen in images of the leaked game.
  • A picture of Smiling Jack's diner is visible on the right side of the corridor in the first level.
  • Cypher's computer is the same model used by the Reaper Drone.
  • During "Dex's New Digs", two people are hanging from a helicopter sword-fighting with Penetrators.
  • Steve Jaros, the Writing Lead for the Saints Row series, has been asked about Dex's fate in multiple interviews, and often mentions that Dex was intended to be killed in Money Shot, and has confirmed that Dex is not considered to be dead from a writing standpoint, and that he may re-introduce Dex at a later time.
  • Cypher's outfit can be purchased as a suit in Saints Row The Third and Saints Row IV.


Shacknews: "What about the Saint's Row Nintendo 3DS title that was going to be brought over to the Xbox Live Arcade as an extended product to support a future game in the series"
Danny Bilson: "
That one is changed. It's changed. It's going to be a different--we actually changed the design and are doing something more unique. This is just creative but we wound up feeling the game we were building was too much like a section of Saint's Row that you could play in Saint's Row. Now we've come up with a new design with a completely original game mechanic and we're building out something that supports Saint's Row with that."
— Shacknews interview with Danny Bilson
Worthplaying: "As a company, how does THQ evaluate if a game product is worth moving forward on? A year or two ago, Saints Row Drive-by for PSP was canceled. More recently, the Saints Row Money Shot project for XBLA was going to tie into Saints Row: The Third, but it was also shelved. How do you determine when to forge ahead?"
Danny Bilson: "
It's similar to any other entertainment business. We have a group of executives — in core, particularly — who are all gamers who experienced product in the marketplace. You just know, just like any gamer who buys a game, you know what's good and what's not, ideally. In the case of Money Shot, it will be on PSN as a Sony offering, and I'm pretty sure it's free."
— Worthplaying interview with Danny Bilson


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