Earlier last year Activision announced that development on True Crime: Hong Kong would be shut down. However, Square-Enix came along and rescued the game by purchasing the rights to the title. Square-Enix didn't buy the rights to the True Crime: Hong Kong name, so the game would have to be re-branded. Today Square-Enix London Studios announced the new name of True Crime: Hong Kong going forward would be Sleeping Dogs. The game is still being developed by the original development team United Front Games, however Square-Enix London Studios is overseeing the project. Here is what the United Fronts Stephen Van Der Mescht had to say about working together on the title:
Working on Sleeping Dogs has been such a huge passion for the team at United Front Games and were really pleased to be working with Square Enix London Studios, The extensive experience both our studios have in creating compelling openworld gameplay and rich and rewarding combat makes for a perfect partnership. Working together we can make sure that Sleeping Dogs is the most intense and immersive experience it can be"
For those who don't know Sleeping Dogs is a "gritty, open-world cop drama" set in Hong Kong that includes "intense shoot-outs, adrenaline-fuelled street races and intense, brutal martial arts combat". I have actually been looking forward to the game because so few video games are set outside the United States, I want to see what United Front Games can do with a Hong Kong setting. Here is the live action announcement trailer: http://youtu.be/M8iI4PczqG8
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