What was once in Activision’s hands as True Crime: Hong Kong has just been reintroduced under Square Enix as Sleeping Dogs. Prior to this rebirth, the game was cancelled by Activision last year, at the same time as Guitar Hero, before the game assets were picked up by Square Enix. The rights to the original IP – and the True Crime name – remain with Activision.
Still keeping its production under United Front Games, the renamed open-world shooter is scheduled for release late this year for PC, PS3, and 360.
From the moment you pick up the controller and experience the blend of driving, close combat and shooting you know you’re playing something fresh and a bit special,” said Lee Singleton, General Manager of Square Enix London Studios. “Sleeping Dogs has one of the best melee combat systems out there – it’s super brutal with devastating takedown moves, and when added to UFG’s proven heritage in driving games, a first class story and the vibrant backdrop of the Hong Kong underworld we get a fiery recipe with fun written all over it.”
“Working on Sleeping Dogs has been such a huge passion for the team at United Front Games and we’re really pleased to be working with Square Enix London Studios,” said Stephen Van Der Mescht, Executive Producer at United Front Games. “The extensive experience that both studios have in creating compelling open world gameplay and rich, rewarding combat makes for a perfect partnership. Working together we’re ensuring Sleeping Dogs is the most intense and immersive game it can be.”