Report: Sleeping Dogs developer United Front Games shuts down

The studio's latest title, Smash + Grab, was in early access on Steam, but has been pulled.

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Vancouver-based United Front Games is shutting down, according to a report verified by GameSpot (via VG24/7).

Rumors of the studio's imminent closure surfaced on NeoGAF. Editors from GameSpot reached out to sources and confirmed that UFG will be closing down.

Peculiar circumstances indicate that United Front's Closure happened rather quickly. Its latest title, Smash + Grab, was in early access on Steam and available for free over the weekend; players who enjoyed teaming up to pillage and plunder stores could buy the game for $17—a discounted price—after the weekend promotion expired.

Smash + Grab is no longer available on Steam.

Founded in 2007, United Front Games got its start developing ModNation Racer for PS3. It's perhaps most well-known for Sleeping Dogs, an open-world action game in the vein of Grand Theft Auto IV. Sleeping Dogs started out as a new entry in publisher Activision's True Crime series but was cancelled due to quality and budget concerns.

Square Enix bought the publishing rights and entered into a development contract with United Front Games. UFG rebranded the game Sleeping Dogs and released it in 2012 for Xbox 360, PS3, and Windows.

Between Sleeping Dogs and Smash + Grab, United Front worked on LittleBigPlanet Karting for Sony, several ports, and the cancelled Triad Wars game.

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    October 18, 2016 12:29 PM

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      October 18, 2016 1:14 PM

      Well, fuck.

      I loved Sleeping Dogs. :(

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        October 18, 2016 1:15 PM

        Also, if I were a Smash+Grab customer, that's exactly how I would feel after having purchased it knowing that the money won't be returned, and that the developer has shut down.

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      October 18, 2016 1:25 PM

      Hopefully the IP can be sold to someone that can do a sequel justice.

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        October 18, 2016 8:09 PM

        A big budget R* sequel could be pretty good. The things I didn't like about sleeping dogs were the driving and the city wasn't fleshed out enough, both of which I assume would be addressed.

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      October 18, 2016 1:27 PM

      Well that sucks, I loved Sleeping Dogs and was looking forward to a sequel.

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      October 18, 2016 2:22 PM

      Whoa. They were playing Smash + Grab on last week's Unprofessional Friday.

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      October 18, 2016 8:15 PM

      I don't understand why they just didn't go right into Sleepy Dogs 2