True Crime: Hong Kong revived as Sleeping Dogs

Square Enix bringing United Front's renamed open-world action game to Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC during the second half of the year.

True Crime: Hong Kong has been revived as Sleeping Dogs. Square Enix today announced that the new open-world action game from United Front Games is due for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Windows PCs in the second half of this year.

Square Enix doesn't think it's best to let sleeping dogs lie.

The developer had been working on True Crime: Hong Kong for more than two years before Activision decided to cancel the game in a 2011 shake-up that also saw the Guitar Hero business unit disbanded.

Then in August, Square Enix picked up the rights to the game, with its London outfit managing development from then on.

As part of the deal, Square Enix picked up True Crime: Hong Kong, but not the franchise, and needed to rebrand the game before its release.

Sleeping Dogs is an open-world "cop drama" set in Hong Kong. The game puts players in the boots of Wai Shen, an undercover police officer fighting through the seedy criminal underworld of the sprawling city.

According to Square Enix, Sleeping Dogs will focus heavily on giving players a series of combat options. These include gunplay--which takes place in streets, harbors, and skyscrapers--as well as an "intuitive and imaginative" hand-to-hand combat system that lets players use martial arts to bring down their enemies.

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92 comments
vivalatour
vivalatour

I would like to know just how much The Square did to or with this game ?

 it sure looks purty darn smooth ... did activision just lose focus ? this game may not be a GOTY but I want you all to know I paid this game off quite some time ago with high expectations and I can't think of many other games I would like to have at tis time > 3rd person Sleeping Dogs you'll hear it even after it's past !

AtillaTheHun
AtillaTheHun

This would be an epic film...

 

But in all honesty, I feel True Crime has been 1 of the best games in the world, better than GTA, better than Saints Row and definately 1 of the best games of this genre.

 

I Really Really REALLY hope... for the sake of this Amazing looking game, that Sqaure Enix can bring this "potential" out, and make it the best game in the world. I for one, will pre-order it.

 

You game companies have no excuses now, dont be a bunch of corporate fanny bandits, or you'll lose the people's interest by making crap games (just look at Final Fantasy and call of duty).

 

I hope sqaure enix will make this game even better than its predecessor, GTA and SR. Triads and Yakuka are the only gangs we want to play, cause their the coolest! and this game is giving us that oportunity!

ccb320
ccb320

had no idea this game even got cancelled and then rebooted as sleeping dogs (kind of a weird name if you ask me). but if its good, i might let this dog have its day

mutley89
mutley89

I always thought true crime:streets of LA was a good game so I'm happy to hear this news.

msfan1289
msfan1289

Kane and Lynch: Dog Days, Sleeping Dogs. i guess they like dogs a lot.

GamerLegend10
GamerLegend10

Awesome, i think Activision made a mistake letting this game go, it has big potential...though im glad they did, its in better hands now.

lil_jon86
lil_jon86

Me thinks they could have come up with a better name

dxBIGBOSSxb
dxBIGBOSSxb

@FallenOneX It was one of the few GTA clones worth playing at the time, with other clones like Jak2(Amazing), Saints Row(Amazing), SpiderMan2(really good), The Godfather(Pretty decent), and Scarface: The world is yours(Very entertaining and good).

dxBIGBOSSxb
dxBIGBOSSxb

@Eric_Drav3n You were giving them money to begin with?

killip
killip

Want it to be good, but it'll probably end up being crap...

NoDzombie
NoDzombie

glad this game is back, now lets just hope its good

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

That video is actually hands down one of the best videos I've ever seen on this website :| I know it's not gameplay.. but Square Enix has DEFINITELY got me interested!

Eric_Drav3n
Eric_Drav3n

Good, now I don't have to give Activision my money

hammertime1080
hammertime1080

@FallenOneX It did have another game: True Crime: New York City which completely killed the chance for it to be a successful series.

SolidSnakeUS42
SolidSnakeUS42

I just hope it's at least decent. The other games weren't bad, and hope this one isn't either.

FallenOneX
FallenOneX

True Crime was a decent GTA clone that should have had another game.

parrot_of_adun
parrot_of_adun

Too bad Luxoflux (guys who created the True Crime series) didn't make it. It doesn't really sit well with me that guys only ever made ModNation Racers before this... Oh well, here's hoping.

Ivory-Dynamite
Ivory-Dynamite

I am so glad that they revived this game will buy for sure no matter what.

BSEE10
BSEE10

I'm rooting for Square on this one!

stealth6spy
stealth6spy

@Dawg9000 Well they are defiantly gaining one sale from me, because it is no longer produced by Activision. Plus, I don't think True Crime was ever a widely known series to begin with so it shouldn't hurt them that much.

ManzX
ManzX

when this game become a blast, wait for Activision claim its right again. sighh

incubus25
incubus25

It'd be sick if the game was like a revamped Rise to Honor from PS2. Remember that game? It starred Jet Li in it, it was awesome.

Dawg9000
Dawg9000

God, the amount of lost sales just because of the name change.

Xiosis
Xiosis

I'll have to remember the name chage, I've always liked True Cirme.

PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

Is it wrong that I would've instantly disregarded this game if it were still coming from Activision, but am looking forward to it coming from Square?

somebody336
somebody336

Looking forward to playing this game :D

pokecharm
pokecharm

always glad to hear a game gets resurrected :)

Jedilink109
Jedilink109

Well I'm excited to see what is going to happen with this game. I thought it looked really good and Activision was totally lame to completely cancel it.

FlamingFury
FlamingFury

Didn't I see like a billion trailers for this on gamespot like two years ago?

videogamer008
videogamer008

i have lots, lots, lots, and lots of respect for Mr. Wai Shen.... he kicks a%% and doesnt ask no names.... my kind of guy..... the trailer had me drowling to the very end and i cant help by saying this but when this game and movie comes out, i am going to be the first one to get both.... Mr. Wai Shen, you really seriously do have my respects

PS2fweak
PS2fweak

Awesome trailer. I really hope this game ends up being good. I can't wait to see more.

SoNin360
SoNin360

Nice to see this game getting revived, I did have some excitement for it as I've played the previous True Crime games. Kind of disappointed to see this won't actually be a True Crime game though. Hopefully it was still be similar and offer some decent open world gameplay. Still planning on giving this game a chance.

Metamania
Metamania

OK, this game looks awesome. I'll be checking it out later this year!

pszone
pszone

I like the name since they change the name. Would like thx SqaueEnix for picking the creator up. If this sales thats mean Activevision going to bang there head on a brick wall lol. Im going to pick this up full price and gta5 as well. SqaureEnix Wont fell on this game i belive they can make it better .

omghaxor45
omghaxor45

i also hope they make it more of a cop game where your responding to calls and other things police do cause they do need a police officer game.

Icehearted
Icehearted

@moviequest14 Agreed on your NYC points. That game had so much going for it, but it had some big game breaking bugs. Definitely a deeper experience than what GTA offered at the time. I won't get my expectations too high, but this is a big change for another franchise in the realm of GTA and Saints Row to stand apart from the pack and really make a name for itself. Guess I'm saying it's bloody exciting news, even if taken with a grain of salt.

ZenesisX
ZenesisX

I am happy someone saw potential in this game. It seems Activision was unable to see it if they were so quick to cancel it.

moviequest14
moviequest14

@fremis : Obviously you haven't played either True Crime or GTA.

ChameleonX
ChameleonX

That's great news! Not too fond of the name though...just waiting for the inevitable Asian stereotype jokes to come in.

moviequest14
moviequest14

@Ladiesman17 : Almost every open-world game has a replica (or near copy) of New York or Los Angeles and keep it at that.Since True Crime is based in actual cities it would be nice to see even more variety..why stop at Hong Kong? Maybe Atlanta,Chicago,Boston,Paris,London? Maybe even go unconventional and try out a true crime in an area that isn't necessarily urban? What could be more fun than losing the cops or chasing a criminal down when you have forests,backroads,and farms to hide on?

moviequest14
moviequest14

To me the original series always had a step above GTA as not only can you go around on a shooting spree to get the cops on your tail...but go into cop chases of your own,which was great after roaming around got tiring. True Crime NYC is incredibly underrated though...when compared to GTA,Saints Row,etc. it might not be on the top but it did what should be done..made a LOT of changes to improve on top of the original.Not only was the city changed but a TON of interior buildings were added,more complex crimes,extremely superior car models,more weapons,etc.

emperiox
emperiox

YES! THANK YOU SQUARE ENIX!!! :D

scatterbrain007
scatterbrain007

This is good news! I've seen the gameplay as well (the old ones) and it looks fantastic. I like the title too because I never really was a fan of any of the True Crime games.

Sepewrath
Sepewrath

@SecularSage This game was in development for a couple of years before it got canned, coming out this year, gives it an extra year of development time. I don't think they will lacking for time to polish the game, they would of had to be WAY behind on development to take over three years and still not be done.