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.
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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