Square Enix picks up True Crime: Hong Kong

Final Fantasy publisher picks up United Front Games' open-world crime game from Activision, release window and platforms undetermined.

True Crime: Hong Kong has been granted a reprieve. According to Gamasutra, Activision's cancelled open-world crime game has been sold to Square Enix, and it is ramping up development at United Front Games.

A True Crime by any other name would smell less cancelled.

While Square Enix has picked up the game itself, it has not picked up the True Crime franchise. As a result, the publisher will be rebranding the game before its eventual release. Square Enix is not yet saying when that release window will come, nor has it indicated a final name or even platforms for the release.

When the game's cancellation was announced in February, Activision Publishing CEO Eric Hirshberg told investors the game "just wasn't going to be good enough." However, Hirshberg provided a different statement to Gamasutra regarding the Square Enix deal, saying, "Our team has worked very hard to find a solution where everybody wins. Square Enix gets the benefit of the tremendous investment we've made in the game thus far. UFG gets to stay together and complete their vision. And gamers get to play a great game. We couldn't be more thrilled."

For more on True Crime: Hong Kong, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

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147 comments
vivalatour
vivalatour

Next on the list should be "Dirty Harry" which was canceled for ?

mehdi55
mehdi55

Do you know what would be more Badass? If Square actually bought the rights to True Crime or bought the rights to republish the 1st and 2nd games in HD under a new name and put it in a special Edition or sell them on their own (xbox 360 version will have 3 discs for all 3 games and ps3 on 1 disc) with True Crime 3 How badass would that be?

AD2229
AD2229

nice nice nice nice

ash162
ash162

Its always nice to see a franchise being rescued. Gives the devs what they deserve seeing their game hold promise! SE is way better than craptivision. I would love qanother open world action game especially one not set in USA( GTA!!!)

SHERVIN999
SHERVIN999

i love true crime with the black guy ! ( i don't remember the name of that one) one of levels we are on asylum & the hands & legs are closed . we need to get out of place without bing alarm ( enemies don't see us ) & fight & ..... best game i have play on ps2 ( after GOW )

tevic
tevic

Yeeeeeeah !!!!!!!!!! This is really a great news ! I love the open world genre and this one looks really exciting.

OGKNav
OGKNav

Uhhhhh-- hell yeah!

ObigleeO
ObigleeO

Man this completely made my day... I definitely have to buy this game..

esv92
esv92

So, this is what will happen. Activision goes all out on Call of Duty, then Battlefield 3 takes the gold. Then True Crime hits an all time high on sells, Activision tries to buy out true crime and sell CoD map packs. unsuccessful obviously. and the community will have the right to say. OH YEAH! IN YOUR FACE ACTIVISION from both battlefield and true crime fans!! and Activision is gonna be F****D The end. :)

EL1CHEF
EL1CHEF

Yes! Man I Was So Bummed Out When They Cancel The Game , I Hope That They Release It By MId Next Year

PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

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PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

@Henninger I don't think the first two games sold well enough for it to make that big of a difference, but you might be right. On the other hand, it may not sell as well as if it were still under Activision's control, but I do believe it will be a better game now. Really loved Streets of L.A.. Regret getting rid of it. Will be looking forward to this one now.

metaltorn
metaltorn

yess ,you can't kill off one of my favorite games from when i was young

Toxicdude12
Toxicdude12

True Crime? :D i was just thinking about it i loved TrueCrime New York!!

Henninger
Henninger

I dont think this game will sell as well as they think it will without the True Crime name attached to it.

runstalker
runstalker

"Hopefully they get the guys working on Deus Ex to hop on this after they finished Dues Ex. Pretty happy about the news though, was kinda dissapointed it got cancelled." "...wonder if Square will keep the same graphics it used or will use the engine from Deus EX human revolution?" Comments like this are embarrassing. This (to be re-named) True Crime game is 90% complete. It already has a developer, the same studio that's been handling it since the start - United Front Games. It's not going to be touched by Eidos Montreal. It's not going to adopt a new game engine when it's 90% complete. It's not going to be retrofitted with characters from other Square or Eidos games and merged into another franchise. It's way, way too far along. Do folks give their comments any thought before posting?

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

So what Square Enix has done is bought the "True Crime Hong Kong" gamecode. So they can release it this game as something else. Kinda similar to Doki Doki Panic became Super mario 2 which was released in Japan as Super Mario USA. So This will not be a True Crime Game. Well Square Enix may as well throw Kane and Lynch in this game and call it a sequel.

areszues92
areszues92

Phew..thought it was down for good.

Chizaqui
Chizaqui

thank god, and by Square Enix... it actually stands a chance to be good!

dragonzw2c
dragonzw2c

this game convinced me to buy a ps3 last year...nuff said eh

09151994
09151994

Activision didn't know how good they had it, before they cancelled this game and broke off the contract with United Front Games. Then they did the same with Bizarre Studios (who developed Blur) and the sad thing is that Bizarre was closed down and not just cancelled. I just hate Activision when they think that they can do whatever they want. I hope that when this game comes out, it make like a million sales to "in the face" Activision, not good enough my ass

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

I'm glad. TC:HK was actually looking decent.

MN121MN
MN121MN

Yes, just like I predicted. With Square Enix's experience with Just Cause 2, this will be the best True Crime and longest yet....

Berkut666
Berkut666

I quite liked the first true crime game. Hope this is good but wont hold me breath!

WafflePrime
WafflePrime

Thank god I was disappointed when they cancelled this

lex_in_the_moon
lex_in_the_moon

I hope Square Enix does good at this since they're not very good at RPG's anymore... *sigh*

Xiosis
Xiosis

Thank you Square Enix, I was looking forward to this game untill it got cancelled, and now it has new life.

TheTrueMagusX1
TheTrueMagusX1

@kiramasaki I suggest that next time you go on a tangent you actually know what your talking about. Square Enix did not develop Breath of Fire, so why Include a none Square Enix game in list? Sure the US division of Square published the very first Breath Of Fire in the states, but the game was still developed by Capcom, and published by Capcom in Japan. The rest of the games in the series were brought over by Capcom in America, so no Square did not create breath of Fire, they only published the original US version thats it. Get your facts straight....

The_Breadcrab
The_Breadcrab

YES!!!! Thank you, Square Enix! Where Activision has blundered, you have picked up the pieces. To me, this is one of the best things you've ever done. The True Crime fanbase is extremely grateful.

zicolofoo
zicolofoo

Way to go! Great news! Could someone pick up Shenmue 3 though?

cjf187x
cjf187x

Square Enix should just obtain the IP. Maybe now that it's out of Activision's hands the game can finally flourish.

theslovakian38
theslovakian38

YEAAAA!!!! SQUARE ENIX!!!! now since true crime isnt cancelled now to revive another game im dying for.... this is vegas. hoping for the best...

bumbum1991
bumbum1991

Hot damn, I thought my favorite franchise died in vain. Way to go, Square Enix.

GunBladeHero
GunBladeHero

Way to go Square-E! Please don't change the name, True Crime: Hong Kong is fine by me. XD Hope they release more info about it this year. By the way, someone could do the same with Megaman Legends 3 maybe?

loopy_101
loopy_101

This is why you don't drop your Ips Activision, someone else will pick them up and reap the rewards.

thesim1990
thesim1990

Hell yeah!! Good news!! When I read the article on Activision shafting the previous developer it made my blood boil...

emperiox
emperiox

If they censor it like they did Kane and Lynch 2, I'ma lose it and go postal. With that said, I've waited forever and I was really annoyed when Activision cancelled it, I'm glad that SE picked it up and I hope that they can pull it off. :)

Crash_WL
Crash_WL

Oh no, not Square Enix... Anyway, I hope they stop going downwards with this game, and Hitman, Deus Ex and all those games that I don't want them to screw up. Got many fresh memories of them screwing up games I liked.

nanorazor
nanorazor

Please Pick up Battlefront 3 franchise, you just need to improve on battlefront 2 and make sure the split screen is there =)

bluespire1
bluespire1

I pre ordered this Game a while ago(but was Canceled from Amazon) and I'd still like to get it Square Enix is awesome Activision still sucks posterior (^0^)

devilsportal
devilsportal

@ vendetta162 im with ya bro for sure...