Square Enix announced Sleeping Dogs today, a gritty cop drama set in Hong Kong. The PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3 game is being developed by United Front Games and Square Enix London Studios, and aiming for a launch in the second half of 2012. And in case "gritty Hong Kong cop drama by United Front" sounds familiar, that's for good reason; this is apparently what became of True Crime: Hong Kong after Square picked it up last year.
Players take the mantle of Wei Shen, an undercover cop set on taking down the Hong Kong Triads. But this being an undercover drama, Wei starts to question his motives and actions when his loyalty is tested. You'll be doing your share of gun-play, but Sleeping Dogs adds martial arts and environmental take-downs into the mix as well.
"Working on Sleeping Dogs has been such a huge passion for the team at United Front Games and we're really pleased to be working with Square Enix London Studios," said United Front executive producer Stephen Van Der Mescht, in the announcement. "The extensive experience that both studios have in creating compelling open world gameplay and rich, rewarding combat makes for a perfect partnership. Working together we're ensuring Sleeping Dogs is the most intense and immersive game it can be."
Check out the first trailer under this new name, below.
Steve Watts posted a new article, True Crime: Hong Kong revived as Sleeping Dogs.
Square Enix and United Front games announced Sleeping Dogs today, a crime drama set against the city of Hong Kong. It's due for PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 in the second half of this year.
ns, I wanna play! ;D
So like GTA IV? Kind of?
Oh god oh god. That trailer was so ridiculously 80's. So many of those establishing city shots with IFC and the Bank of China and everything and they pretend all that shit on Hong Kong island is all Triad-y and seedy? That's like having shots of the empire state building and showing gangland bronx violence happening right across the block. the entire game is soooo out of touch with what the city actually looks like.
Well someone has to say it...
Can dogs afford to be sleeping in Hong Kong? :.)
Don't know about the choice of title. Hope we get to see proof-of-concept gameplay soon.
Trailer was pretty sick, I'm glad to see this is being revived.
Can't say I'm fond of the title but whatever.
Pretty impressive trailer...though I'd rather that Square Enix spent the money and resources on polishing the game...
That said, if the game looks as good as the new screenshots imply and the gameplay can approximate the excitement of that trailer, then I might just pick this game up. It's good to see this title has been given a real chance to grow now that it's been separated from its questionable True Crime legacy.