Kane & Lynch's Dog Days begin August 24

IO Interactive's hyperviolent criminal-underworld shooter continues this fall on the Xbox 360, PS3, and PC.

It's been nearly three years since Kane and Lynch first shot up the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC, and the criminal duo will soon emerge from their hideout for another violent outing. Eidos parent company Square Enix announced today that IO Interactive's Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days has been locked in for an August 24 release in North America and August 27 bow in Europe on the Xbox 360, PS3, and PC.

An air conditioner would go a long way toward cooling these guys down.

The most immediate change IO has made to Dog Days is a new visual style, seen in the video below. The studio notes that the visual aesthetic is inspired by documentary films and sees Dog Days' camera following the in-game action in an "unscripted style."

In Dog Days, the titular psychopath and his ex-mercenary cohort travel to China, mixing it up with the Shanghai underworld over a 48-hour period. IO has included new Fragile Alliance multiplayer modes, expanding on the original's online play where gamers had to work together but at any moment could go rogue and steal loot from teammates.

For more information, check out GameSpot's previous coverage of Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days.

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79 comments
KoRniTo
KoRniTo

The first game was a decent one. If you haven't played the first one, you can grab an used copy for as low as 10 bucks. Story wise it was cool and lengthy for this kind of game. I'll wait for a complete review just to make sure.

SvV_Ying
SvV_Ying

That Camera style looks great

Johny_47
Johny_47

pimpofdoom said - ''A game that is set in China about two mass murdering criminals that I get to play during the summer? I'm in!'' haha =P I'm really looking forward to this, now I just hope that IO-Interactive get working HARD on a new Hitman game and maybe a Freedom Fighters sequel =) IO-know you want to =P

russian_takeout
russian_takeout

i would say that kane and linch was one of the best games... story wise. it didnt have great graphics, any replay value. but it had one of the best characters that i had oportunity to play with. amazing story line and character development. will get this one for sure

pimpofdoom
pimpofdoom

A game that is set in China about two mass murdering criminals that I get to play during the summer? I'm in!

jeffv541
jeffv541

I will more than certainly be taking a dump on this game.

SithChampion
SithChampion

Kane & Lynch wasn't that bad of a game. Didn't agree w/gamespot's review of it but no one needs to get fired over it. Haha. This one seems okay. I'll wait for gameplay vids before making a judgment.

redskinStu
redskinStu

If Gamespot reviews this, are they going to fire the writer?

Ladiesman17
Ladiesman17

I miss Jeff Gerstmann.... He has been quoted by The New York Times as a gaming-expert....stupid idea, they fired him!!

Ladiesman17
Ladiesman17

I miss Jeff Gerstmann.... He has been quoted by The New York Times as a gaming-expert....stupid idea, they fired him!!

Kan0nF0dder
Kan0nF0dder

GertsmanGate = K&L 2 8.0 atleast....kissy kissy sucky sucky, gotta make up for it with Eidos right, gamespot?

sykalob
sykalob

@marcopolo426 that's what i am talkin' about dude

marcopolo426
marcopolo426

@Richardthe3rd, Have to disagree with you Richard. The first K&L might not have been a big hit but it certainly had an interesting premise, characters and ideas. Take Hitman as an example. The first game was poor but its sequels built on the ideas of it and became very successful.

dakan45
dakan45

Hmm, it amazes me how gamedevelopers make sequels for everything, even when the game did not did well. I guess its easier for them to develop on a ready template and improve it and call it a sequel rather making a new ip from scratch.

sykalob
sykalob

Plus K&L is a good game,Pervious time we were suffocating developers for games like hit-man ,Vampire and blade of darkness ,but i discovered that was the age of the greatest games but the best of those games got a 8/10 What do you say about FPS invasion this days games like kane and lynch must be in the industry if we keep this attitude against Eidos we will end with halo and killzone clones all over the planet

gskywalker09
gskywalker09

I have the first game, i'm ready for a second game!!!! :D

sykalob
sykalob

@dragonsama take a look on the first K&L game review and score to know that gamespot butchered the first game ..

Richardthe3rd
Richardthe3rd

I enjoy shooting stuff just as much as the next guy but I'm having a hard time understanding how Eidos justified funding/publishing a sequel for this really poor game. Eidos has a pretty good IP library that they consistently miss the mark with. Resurrecting this title makes about as much sense as showing up to a formal ball in a pair of torn 501's and a wife-beater.

Worm209
Worm209

Pretty good 1st game, 2nd game looking better.

dragonsama
dragonsama

So I have to ask. How much will Gamespot kiss the butt of Eidos and Square to make up for the brutally honest review Jeff gave the fist game? Honestly that was the biggest black mark on game reviewing ever. I really hope Gamespot has a pair and 1 let someone give and honest review of the game and 2 not fire them over it.

AOldDog
AOldDog

The security camera footage is

SOOOOO COOOOL !

Axelander999
Axelander999

@ Rottenwood You know what? It is sad.. Sad because today's market is just full of Call of Duty and Halo. And why is that? Probably because of Xbox Live, but don't get me wrong. Xbox Live is great by itself and for what it did for the gaming market, but what happened in it got way, WAY out of control. Stupid 12 year-olds thinking they're the best mutha'f***ka in the hood, because their parents (who think that their child is an angel incarneted into a human) bought them a Xbox and also bought him Xbox Live. Again. And Again. And Again. And Again...

krazy-blazer
krazy-blazer

There goes another one of Gamespot's Staff!

Maizel
Maizel

I wonder what Gamespot editor will get fired after reviewing this game.

TheVGamer
TheVGamer

@pete_merlin No, it wasn't bad, but it wasn't good either. It was mediocre. But Im worried about that camera in K&L 2...

pete_merlin
pete_merlin

K&L wasnt a bad game at all, nice a vicious. IT was flawed but was a good start into something different, im glad there is a sequel coming

Rottenwood
Rottenwood

Just goes to show: it doesn't matter how mediocre your game was; if it looks decent enough and lets you shoot people, you'll probably sell enough units to get a sequel, no matter how undeserved. Demon's Souls, Game of the Year: struggling to sell 250K. Kane And Lynch, Mediocre Shooter At Best: gets full sequel and movie rights sold. Kinda sad.

MrHatnClogs
MrHatnClogs

I've said this many times before, I just hope they fix the gun accuracy thats all I hated about the first one. When you shoot or (backstab) somebody in fragile alliance, it shouldn't seem like the bullets are going around the person,

crossaxe
crossaxe

Also K&L sold pretty well and fragile alliance was really good shame its so hard to find players for a 3 yr old game

crossaxe
crossaxe

Come on guys stop hating on K&L it was a good game and a blast to play with a friend. I usually trust GS reviews but a 6 was not fair

sensei_hEnRY
sensei_hEnRY

i hope it won't be as frustating as the first

badtaker
badtaker

Instead of making Hitman 5 they are developing this. Just hoping IO interactive will work on Hitman 5 after this.

BK-Sleeper
BK-Sleeper

Time to draw straws on the next Gamespot employee fired for an honest review.

jaredcrazy3232
jaredcrazy3232

visual style looks really cool. but until further notice im shelving this title under "lame". btw, what will WWJGRI (RI = rate it).. longtime gamestop readers know what I mean.

AleksandarTale
AleksandarTale

I disagree with you for the first time gamespot. I got info from a VERY reliable source that Dog Days is gonna be out on 05/31/10 or 06/01/10.

ermac1986
ermac1986

wtf I have a list that they employee at gamestop gave to me that says this was due 5/31/10.

mayankahuja
mayankahuja

loved the 1st one and the second one seems day one buy........

hectic3
hectic3

I loved the first and am for sure picking this up day one. Good idea to not throw it in the crowded holiday season too.

Kleeyook
Kleeyook

never played it before, might pick it up though (the 1st one). But I doubt I'd be able to play through it. :(

NoLifeGamin
NoLifeGamin

Oh yay, can't wait to see who gets to be fired next (im joking of course......hopefully)

zintarr
zintarr

It is very risky to put out a sequel when the first game was such a train wreck.

GC4ever
GC4ever

will wait to RENT it

MERGATROYDER
MERGATROYDER

The looks much better then the first title.

AZE160
AZE160

It's just like Hitman, when they made Codename 47 it sucked, but the sequel was better.So i think the sequel of this trilogy won't be that much of messed up Crap the last one was.(By the way The first one had great ideas just not in the right way)

KamikazeDonut
KamikazeDonut

Why make a sequel to the mediocre Kane and Lynch when you can make a sequel to Freedom Fighters which is a much better IO game?