Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days due in 2010

Square Enix confirms Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC sequel to 2007's Dead Men will be set in the Shanghai underworld.


IO Interactive's Kane & Lynch: Dead Men introduced the world to the titular duo in a violent third-person shooter that received a lukewarm reception from critics. That was never going to be the last gamers saw of the pair, as Lionsgate landed the rights to bring Kane & Lynch to the big screen even before the original game launched. (Bruce Willis has since reportedly signed on to play Kane.)

It's hard keeping a dead man down.
It's hard keeping a dead man down.

Now a follow-up to Dead Men is on the way, as Square Enix, the new owner of publisher Eidos, today announced Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days. Set for release next year, Dog Days is being developed by IO Interactive, the Danish studio behind the first title, as well as the recent Mini Ninjas, the cult favorite Freedom Fighters, and the long-running Hitman series. The sequel will see Kane and Lynch heading to China and getting tangled up in the Shanghai underworld.

According to Square Enix, Dog Days will include new Fragile Alliance modes, expanding on the multiplayer mode from the first game where players had to work together but at any moment could go rogue and steal loot from teammates. Details were fuzzy beyond that, with the publisher touting a new visual style inspired by documentary films and "the user-generated [content] era."

Kayne & Lynch: Dog Days will be coming to the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC in 2010. No rating information is yet available for the game, although its predecessor was rated 18 by the BBFC and M for Mature by the ESRB.

Got a news tip or want to contact us directly? Email news@gamespot.com

Join the conversation
There are 178 comments about this story
178 Comments  RefreshSorted By 
GameSpot has a zero tolerance policy when it comes to toxic conduct in comments. Any abusive, racist, sexist, threatening, bullying, vulgar, and otherwise objectionable behavior will result in moderation and/or account termination. Please keep your discussion civil.

Avatar image for xboxlive1000

O boy :D

Avatar image for lil_d_mack_314

dont tell me this is coming out before hitman5 *sigh. in any case i hope theres some easter eggs in here referring to hitman like hitman-bm had easter eggs in the news paper about K&L, that would be pretty funny. i still might consider picking this up tho. the 1st was pretty fun.

Avatar image for solidniko

SE workin on the new kane and lynch no way!

Avatar image for TC_Squared

Why do people always complain about the bullet accuracy in this game? They were very obviously aiming for realistic violence when they made this game, and in reality, guns--especially hand-guns--are not very accurate. For example, on November 1st, 1950, there was an assassination attempt on the President of the United States at the Blair House on Pennsylvania Avenue, which led to a shoot-out. Twenty-seven shots were fired, yet only two men were killed and three were wounded. That's the reality of gun fights, and the developers of Kane & Lynch were aiming for just that. Additionally, as your gun shots aren't very accurate, neither are your enemies', so the game-play is very balanced (which is truly all that matters). There have been games in the past that made the player's accuracy realistic, but the enemy A.I. never misses, and those games never recieved any complaints ***COUGH***Splinter Cell***COUGH***

Avatar image for vassago_

@ Worm - K&L brought absolutely ZERO innovation to the genre. Firing control felt odd and the AI was horrendous. That is why I don't like it - not because of some fatass ex-editor. Case in point, K&L's user rating: 3.9 Army of Two did what K&L did, but phenomenally better. User rating: 8.0. Kind of speaks for itself. While it certainly has it's issues, AoT did a much better job at the mechanic that K&L was trying to use.

Avatar image for Worm209

Kane&Lynch = Good game. I enjoyed the campaign in K&L more than i enjoyed the campaign modes in Gears1 or Gears2., plus the multiplayer was a breath of fresh air and a blast. it makes me smile to read the posts by the Jeff.G fanboys saying how terrible it was.... but.....they still love him and you cant choose who you love, better go and review a game you never played and give it a 1.0 cause of that love eh.... thatll show em. @vassago_ Posted Nov 19, 2009 7:03 pm GMT "It wasn't a good game. It's sad that just because a lot of saps bought it, they're making a sequel. Lets hope it's better than the first" -------------------------------------------------------------- Well people like different games dont they.... i bought K&L and enjoyed it.. does that make me a sap? no. I did buy Forza3 for multiplayer racing... now that purchase DOES make me a sap.

Avatar image for SavoyPrime

I wonder which staff member GS will fire this time for an unfavorable review of this game. XD

Avatar image for remysola

I love the first one... lynch always hillarious

Avatar image for lostn

Whoever reviews this just better make sure the game scores more than 6.0!

Avatar image for steelmouth

i liked the trailers for the original game and was looking forward to getting it untill i saw the gamespot review and i lost all interest on the game,yip gamespot cost interactive 1 extra sale, nyhow the game is now very cheap so am get it just to decide if i get the sequel

Avatar image for DrKill09

I actually liked the first, so this is cool. Though I probably won't buy it til it's in the $20-30 range. Hopefully the gunplay improves, though.

Avatar image for cmac2099

alex navarro works for harmonix

Avatar image for The_Wii_Lover

is alex navarro oon Giantbomb cause i saw him on TOS on Gamescom

Avatar image for vassago_

@mutual-assassin - I'm aware of that, but still. It wasn't a good game. It's sad that just because a lot of saps bought it, they're making a sequel. Lets hope it's better than the first.

Avatar image for Merl57

not interested the first game had the worst script ever but I will probably buy these years later for achievements and 1 single player story run

Avatar image for SicklySunStorm

@ pete merlin - oh yeah, I forgot about freedom fighters... that WAS a great game. Kane & Lynch... not so much

Avatar image for childe_roland

With the first the idea was there but the execution was terrible, my fingers are crossed for the sequel, it would be a treat to see this game done right.

Avatar image for jucice

I am all for a sequel. I liked the first game. It was off the chain. don't know why so many people bashed it. the story was really good and so were all the stages except for the last stage. It really didn't fit into the story that well.

Avatar image for shkar

with square enix envolvement we should expect KANE and Lynch to use Black Magic and White Magic with Potions and crystals...

Avatar image for BigWorld41

Maybe with SE on board things will change?!??! Is this going to be the true spiritual successor to Freedom Fighters that we all hoped it would be?!?!?

Avatar image for MrHatnClogs

I just hope they fixed the shooting and weapon accuracy, that was the only thing I hated about the multiplayer is that it seemed the bullets would go around the person when you wanted to backstab somebody.

Avatar image for bcfctabish

I really liked the first game, the plot was not the best ever but the gameplay was fun and i might have a look at the sequel. Lets all agree it wasn't the best game ever, but it is far better than some of the generic / mass market rubbish that seems to do so well on review sites!

Avatar image for MrOrmond

You know after all the first one has done to cause grief to Gamespot's reputation, they'd just stop reporting on Kane & Lynch period.

Avatar image for The-Croix-Man

The first one had the ideas of greatness, so who knows maybe the second one will know what to do right this time around.

Avatar image for Xanth93

Square Enix is involved in the creation of this game? Really...? And Jeff made a fair review of the first game. It really does seem like something terrible. I can't provide a fair opinion myself without playing it, I know; but from what I've heard, it seems like a terrible game

Avatar image for Cronjob

rob_damage, you're on crack: "people who thought for themselves and actually played the first k&l really enjoyed the game and the adult storyline. cult hit's like k&l are awesome" First, this wasn't any kind of a hit. Not even "cult". Second, what are you - thirteen years old? I can think of no other reason you would call this an "adult storyline". It was the most juvenile piece of crap I've had the displeasure of playing in a long time. The F-word is fantastic, but throwing it out there non-stop doesn't turn a crap-game into a compelling piece of adult gaming.

Avatar image for rob_dAmAgE

i haven't been more excited about a game, ever! p.s. please, leave your stupid jeff g. crap out of this. talk about beating a dead horse... people who thought for themselves and actually played the first k&l really enjoyed the game and the adult storyline. cult hit's like k&l are awesome, & i prefer them any day over AAA titles like modern warfare...

Avatar image for pete_merlin

Freedom Fighters > Kane and Lynch

Avatar image for SicklySunStorm

What's the point? The first one was dire.

Avatar image for 12inchnails


Avatar image for cockneyscouse

Not only did this site lose its best journalists, the site went down the pan imo.

Avatar image for BigBacon87

Someone got fired because the first game sucked? Well I'm out.

Avatar image for firehawk998

Lets hope that any reviewer who reviews this game doesnt get fired because of this game this site lost 5 of its good reviewers and gave birth to giantbomb( which is a good thing). I also hope this game is what the orignal supposed to be that is a great game.

Avatar image for iwantasong

i cant wait the first was so fun. btw dont be hating on k&l just cuz u lost ur dumb reviewer ya'll sound like little girls

Avatar image for darkcomedian

Kane & Lynch brings back so many memories...not the actual game but Jeff's review, and thank the made up that he did get fired because I would not have my awesome giantbomb if he didnt. Long live the great giantbomb.

Avatar image for auron11022

"I hate gamespot because of this game's prequel!!!" Yet you are here... commenting on this story... Obviously there is something you still like about gs.

Avatar image for Bi0high


Avatar image for rob101

I actually liked the last one as a co-op story mode game it was a lot of fun, so as long as they keep that part I will ge this one for sure,

Avatar image for itjustgotcold

yeah, what is up with Square Enix having K&L rights now? oh, and K&L was a huge let down, soooooo glitchy, thought it was gonna be another hitman series but it failed

Avatar image for NoLifeGamin

remember when K&L got a bad review on GameSpot and the reviewer got fired? after that, i completely lost interest in the game, not because of the review, but of what happened after.

Avatar image for SocialAnXieTy

...Square Enix?

Avatar image for crunchb3rry

Boo! Forget Kane & Lynch, time for a Freedom Fighters sequel.

Avatar image for Zoomer30

Something tells me this one will get a 35 on Gamespots 1-10 scale, just to be safe XD

Avatar image for protokyoto

Man, I remember the whole Jeff thing from back then. I totally didn't agree with his review but I respected his right to his whole opinion. That whole conspiracy thing that happened right afterwards was just nuts. Anyway, back to the topic at hand. My opinion: I enjoyed the first game to an extent. As I bought it on the PS3 the online multiplayer was next to dead most times but I did get about 70 good games in and the whole anyone could go traitor thing was a work of genius. Only problem I had was that I was always the nice guy, helping everyone get out of jams....and then getting shot in the back mere seconds before the finish line lol. The single player/ co-op campaign I enjoyed playing. Most missions were pretty epic, a few boring ones but fun nonetheless. A few too many F-bombs in the story but the story was still more compelling than most movies these days. I'll definitely pick up this sequel when it comes out.

Avatar image for jomicbro

"Gamespot is kinda like Winamp after AOL bought them out. But, on the flipside, GiantBomb is like Digg after G4 bought TechTV: filled with arrogant sycophants." That's exactly how I feel about it too (and GS as well). I want to like Giantbomb and if everyone could just get over themselves I probably would.

Avatar image for crunchb3rry

Gamespot is kinda like Winamp after AOL bought them out. But, on the flipside, GiantBomb is like Digg after G4 bought TechTV: filled with arrogant sycophants.

Avatar image for cmac2099

@jomicbro actually, most people have jumped ship to giant bomb. This is personally the first time I've actually signed in here after awhile. I'm sorry but giant bomb IS what everyone thinks it is (awesome and full personality) and gamespot simply has not been the same since that crew and people like Rich Gallup and Alex Navarro left. I still respect gamespot, as it was not any of the editors fault that Jeff was fired (it was cnet's) and they are a great source for well-written news, but it just doesn't have the personality that it used to.

Avatar image for lamprey263

though the first game didn't live up to my expectations I still enjoyed it, though there's tons of room for improvement that's for sure

Avatar image for jomicbro

Kind of funny how saying that you liked the first game is tantamount to treason here at GS. Well, I liked it - it wasn't nearly as bad as everyone seems to want to think it was. I think the whole 'Jeff' thing has skewed everyone's ability to view a game based on its own merits. Kind of sad really. Oh and Giantbomb is not what everyone thinks it is either. If it was...you all wouldn't keep coming here.

Avatar image for _Rye_

There making a second one! First game was horrible the shooting style, graphics i bought it played it and had in uninstalled in the same hour waste of my money