True Crime spree hitting Hong Kong in Q4 2010

[UPDATE] Activision brings back open-world action series in Chinese metropolis; ModNation Racers studio United Front Games at the wheel; PS3, 360 now confirmed.

[UPDATE] Activision has since confirmed that True Crime will ship for the PC, 360, and PS3 in Fall 2010. It has also confirmed the game will let players explore Hong Kong on foot or in cars. As in the original True Crime, players will be able to engage in martial-arts-based hand-to-hand combat or ranged combat with weapons. The protagonist will be an all-new character called Wei Shen, and the game is modeled on Hong Kong action cinema. Original story is below.

Activision's True Crime series hasn't been seen since 2005, when True Crime: New York City flopped critically and commercially. The publisher is taking another stab at the franchise, though, hoping to add a Grand Theft Auto-style open-world action game to its product lineup.

The True Crime series will be reborn in Hong Kong.

At the VGAs tonight, Activision debuted a trailer for the next iteration in the series. The game is simply named "True Crime" and is being developed by ModNation Racers developer United Front Games. The trailer--viewable on YouTube--featured plenty of action, but only sketchy details as to the plot and gameplay specifics.

"When you're undercover, you have to make sacrifices," a voice-over explains as the camera gives glimpses of Hong Kong and the game's protagonist. "These people are ruthless. Whatever happens, just remember: We are the good guys."

The rest of the trailer is a montage of strip clubs, car chases, fistfights, and shoot-outs. Some clips hint at possible gameplay mechanics, showing the main character jumping from a speeding motorcycle onto a cop car, before dropkicking his way through the passenger-side window. Another shot of the motorcycle has the rider popping a wheelie in order to use an oncoming car as a ramp, while yet another sees the protagonist jump off the speeding bike as it hurtles toward a blockade of enemies and then shoot it as it slides toward them so it will explode.

The open-world action franchise began with 2003's Xbox, PlayStation 2, GameCube, and PC game True Crime: Streets of LA. Developed by Luxoflux (except for the GameCube version), the game fared well with critics and was notable both for its faithful replication of many LA neighborhoods and for its branching storyline, which allowed players to be good or bad cops. Although never properly announced, a previous attempt at a third installment of the game had reportedly been canceled.

The trailer for the new True Crime didn't state a release window or platforms for the title, but United Front's Web site indicates that it is a developer of Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 games.

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156 comments
AD2229
AD2229

It's a coooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooool game coming in 9/21/2010

GangsterOfGames
GangsterOfGames

i remember playing true crimes streets of L.A. on my gamecube and that game was awesome. Then true crimes new york came out and sucked big ones, so i'll keep my eyes open on this game.

pmo5010
pmo5010

this is definitely a "wait and see" type of game. this franchise doesn't have the best reputation. hopefully it can prove me wrong because the formula does have potential but so far it hasn't worked very well.

fascinationjx
fascinationjx

never had a desire to play part 1 or 2, but the trailer for this looks amazing. definitely on my radar.

boobush
boobush

Then Mexico City? Or Tokyo? Or Moscow... :)

chrisr10
chrisr10

I have feeling that this ingame Hong Kong city is going to huge. Probably bigger than LA

moe725
moe725

@aliasghar96 no this is for 360 and i'm pretty sure pc.

KaizerJinn
KaizerJinn

look forward to it. sounds intriguing

Trainz2006_fan
Trainz2006_fan

Im not looking forward to this because it seems that everytime activision revive an old franchise like tony hawk they stuff it up.

szymon247
szymon247

awesome news! You can hate me but personally I used to love these series, especially the second game that got bad reviews. Except of glitches it was really awesome with all these martial arts, shops, huge city, vibe, salary system etc. etc. It was really innovative.

mocho808
mocho808

lets hope its good as gta

DPhunkT
DPhunkT

Not another one. Originality developers... ORIGINALITY!!

sochio
sochio

que bien ya era hora q este juegaso salga para ps3

DFen
DFen

well since the tony hawk series did horrible this time around I guess activision wants to give this game a chance to shine again, which in my opinion I dont think it would do very well simply because of the other games they're going up against, mafia 2 for instance.....

plightstar
plightstar

Loved True Crime Streets of LA, Such a huge environment and playing as a cop was really good. I didnt like New York that game was broken, so hopefully they will return to their roots and make it as enjoyable as LA

Jedilink109
Jedilink109

Ok so it's in Hong Kong...does that mean it'll be in Cantonese or at least have the option to play it in Cantonese?? The whole world doesn't speak English after all. I mean I had no idea that Japanese people all spoke english until I played Yakuza. Which they apparently stopped doing by the time the second game came out. :P But seriously....can I play it in Cantonese?

TheManCalledTee
TheManCalledTee

The first true crime game was the best of the two. Hopefully this third one will be better than the second cause the second wasnt great at all.

tevic
tevic

Yes, Activision is planning for a mini plastic car - controller where you can sit during driving sequences. only it costs $150 and you can not play the game without it...

SDMF_TrueBlue
SDMF_TrueBlue

Activision, screw you. I'm not buying any games you publish in 2010.

jadefury27
jadefury27

i swear every time i hear about dead to rights and max payne i hear about true crime. it's like these 3 try to come out at the same time all the time.

darkmask1991
darkmask1991

@RedSoxfan67 a gun controller would be killer.

CCyberDDemon
CCyberDDemon

it will be full of bugs and a mature, serious story like all others?

RedSoxfan67
RedSoxfan67

Will there be a plastic controller from Activision to add with this game??

mightEone
mightEone

This will be a nice rental like the other ones :)

MadGamer132
MadGamer132

it doesn't matter if the series is good or bad, hope this "reboot" is good.

Neomaniac15
Neomaniac15

I thought the second one was one of the better games i'd played back in its day, oh well lets see how this one plays out. You won't see this on the Wii, trust me. The Wii was a poor gimmick from the start and now that better forms of motion control are coming out for both PS3 and 360 it's not gonna have anywhere to go. Nintendo screwed up and they're either gonna have to pull a miracle outta their ass or start digging their grave cause i don't think the DS is enough to save them. It sucks too cause i think the DS is actually a bit more successful than PSP.

tmorri603
tmorri603

I really liked the first one but the second one was not all that fun. Hopfully, the third one will be great.

firesage423
firesage423

the wii is childs play.. true gamers got ps3, 360s and pc..

zcds
zcds

please bring this to the wii, I'm looking forward to seeing what they do with this one

Cbordi
Cbordi

ooooh yeah! i have a feeling this will bring back the awesome feeling of playing true crime; streets of LA, and skip the feeling of playing a crappy TC;NYC. (although it was a little fun :p)

Kezman118
Kezman118

Looks interesting, even better since I'm living in Hong Kong.

King_Gamer19
King_Gamer19

I can't wait for this game Activision can make great games when they put time & thought into it & they always make it better then the competition just look at Call of Duty vs Medal of Honor

kvan33
kvan33

Played True Crime: Street of LA. Thought it was just mediocre...then came the zombies. Can't help but think that was some forshadowing, because this franchise really needs to die.

wexorian
wexorian

new york city was not good as streets of La, this could be good one after 2005 :)

cube-gage
cube-gage

And I think a hong kong setting will be good. I remember how great hong kong was in shenmue 2, but then again the shenmue series is just completely magical. But yeah a hong kong setting will be great, triads, kung fu, hot women, motorcycle chases. Infact hong kong suits the openworld GTA style game great, as hong kong is an island with surrounding Islands I think. Have you notice how game companies are calling there games just True Crime, or Medal Of Honor, or Prince Of Persia etc now? They do this as many gamers now are to young to remember Medal of Honor on PS1, or even true crime streets of LA so they are basically wiping th slate clean and starting new franchises for the future generations. It makes sense.

cube-gage
cube-gage

True crime streets of LA was really good on GC, it was the closest I could get to GTA as I only had a GC. But the game did have a freeze problem after and hour or 2 playing it would freeze. The story was bizarre, I cant even remember but something involving fighting dragons, walking through creepy sadomasochist clubs, russian mob and fighting korean generals and then cristopher walken character talking about it. And then you could unlock snoop doog or a smoking donkey as characters and other side missions included stopping cock fights. To be honest thinking about it the game was crazy as hell! The soundtrack was pretty good, although I remember that the song that was used to advertise the game "Pomona City Rydaz - Do Time True Crime" and I really liked that song but It wasnt on the gamecube version from what I can remember but it was on my mates ps2 version. I was so wound up about that, as if I wasnt already angry about having a GC instead of a proper console with GT, GTA and decent FPS. I reckon Ninty made them remove that song or something as it didnt suit their family image. Well screw you ninty, now its sony 4 life.

Virtual_Erkan
Virtual_Erkan

Hated True Crime series they were so mediocre!

PhillyTilly2005
PhillyTilly2005

It's the Triad in Hong Kong not the Yakuza, that's Japan.