And the world did let out a collective gasp of apathy, as Kane & Lynch 3 began to look increasingly plausible

Yep, in a move a lot like punching oneself in the right nut, immediately before punching oneself in the left one to see if it's any better, it looks like Hitman dev IO Interactive might be gearing up another Kane & Lynch game.

While nothing's officially confirmed yet, the planets do indeed seem to be aligning into some infernal configuration destined to herald the invocation of a new outing. First up, K&L publisher Square-Enix has registered the phrase 'Sleeping Dogs' as a trademark. You might remember - if memories of its protagonists' flabby arses flapping in the breeze during that naked escape level haven't caused you to permanently cordon off that part of your mind - that Kane & Lynch 2 was subtitled Dog Days. Now either we're looking at a thematic link from one sequel to the next here, or Square-Enix really is planning a game about sleeping dogs. And that wouldn't be very interesting.

Above: Not very interesting

Couple the above with the fact that IO is currently looking for animators and artists for "an unannounced AAA game project" as well as a senior multiplayer programmer for, rather ominously, "a yet unannounced 3rd person game with strong cooperative multiplayer elements", all signs point to another bout of grimy, gun-driven bromance between a couple of deeply unpleasant middle-aged sociopaths. 

Still last year's rather brilliant Resistance 3 proved that third-entry turnarounds are certainly not impossible so who knows? Hopeful? Or not?


  • - January 25, 2012 8:50 p.m.

    First game showed excellent characters, but really bad graphics and animations. But Lynch is easily the best written version of a psychopath in extreme situations and his response in it I've ever seen in a video game. But Dog Days was great. It's flaws were the multiplayer was only okay and the single player needed to be longer. But for that 7 or 8 hours of campaign, it captured the tone of brutality and desperation along with some really fun killing sprees. They make it longer and I'd be happy. I know I'd buy it.
  • moflomian - January 25, 2012 6:21 p.m.

    The "K&L" Series has had so much potential, as a really unique game with a great premise for a campaign. And the "Sleeping Dogs" thing makes it seem like it could be their last hurrah or a "reunion tour" of sorts. They just need to work on the cover mechanics and how the guns feel. They can hit gold with the third, and I hope they do.
  • soggysage - January 25, 2012 10:48 a.m.

    I wish IO would make another Mini Nijas game. Much better than this potential drivel
  • nordicdusk - January 25, 2012 8:04 a.m.

    I really enjoyed both games just disappointed that the 2nd was so short. Also its a shame the multiplayer just died on its ass.
  • DKmanden999 - January 25, 2012 7:26 a.m.

    I hope they make a third one, i played through the 1st and 2nd one several times and loved every single bit of it. I just hope they make a game that takes longer than 4-6 hours to play through.
  • Redeater - January 25, 2012 7:09 a.m.

    I'm going to be really unpopular and say bring it on. While the first two games were clunkers they are definitely worth the 10-20 dollars I payed for each of them after I found them in the bargain bin. Please just focus on the ridiculous campaign instead of the silly multiplayer this time though.
  • nick-masercola - January 25, 2012 6:38 a.m.

    I don't have the insane amount of hatred for the series as so many others, but it pains me to know that KANE AND LYNCH keeps getting sequels while FREEDOM FIGHTERS has been forever left to rot. Seriously, best game the studio ever did.
  • mothbanquet - January 26, 2012 8:06 a.m.

    I know, right?! They left the first FF with a psuedo-cliffhanger all those years ago and I'm STILL waiting!!
  • Fiirestorm21 - January 25, 2012 6:26 a.m.

    Resistance however had a strong foundation from the beginning; the series debut in 2006 was also brilliant, and even the first sequel was pretty good, despite taking a few steps very much in the wrong direction. Kane & Lynch however... As usual, judgement reserved, and it's not like IO can't make a great game. But given their recent assortment of titles, I'd be lying if I said I was optimistic.
  • fanfundy - January 25, 2012 6:02 a.m.

    I guess I stand alone here, cause I loved Dog Days. The handheld camera look was awesome for me. It was diry, gritty, and you really felt like you were in there with Kane and Lynch
  • ultimatepunchrod - January 25, 2012 6:36 a.m.

    That's what looked the most interesting to me, but I read it was way too short for a $60 purchase. As soon as I find it at a low low low price I wanna get it. The thing that annoys me though, is that there are much better games out there that don't get a chance to get even one sequel, let alone two.
  • oddprophet - January 25, 2012 5:58 a.m.

    Is Kane and Lynch really a bad series? I haven't played any but I've heard of the controversy behind the first game and I'm not sure if that might have marred any reviews. But on the bright side, if Kane and Lynch never existed, Giant Bomb might never have been formed!
  • bass88 - January 25, 2012 6:37 a.m.

    The gameplay is pretty dull. First game has a load of ideas but feels unfinished (wonky aiming, overly agressive and extremely tough AI, and suffers from extreme difficulty spikes). The second game improves the aiming but jettisons all the interesting mechanics from the first so it becomes a monotonous cover shooter. However, if you are into story based games I would rent them. They are expertly paced with strong characterisation and rather than wallow in gore, the games take a more thoughtful approach to violence and the consequences. A far cry from Niko Bellic whining that he wants to leave his life of violence as he guns down 50 cops and pedestrians. I wonder if this is why many gamers despise the series - it makes you feel guilty for your actions.
  • bass88 - January 25, 2012 5:42 a.m.

    I'm glad they"re doing it. The Kane & Lynch series has provided gaming with some of the best writing ever. In an era of space marines and zombies, it's nice to see games that deal with complex characterisation and don't rely on cheap melodrama to make you sympathise with them (*cough* The Darkness *cough*). On the other hand, the gameplay need some serious revision. I have to agree with detractors in that K&L has some of the most monotonous gameplay out there. Now that they have the Glacier 2 engine, they should be able to add variety. Also, levels should be wide and open, with a series of objectives to complete tjat require partnership. For example, Kane sneaks onto a roof and deploys sleeping gas into the security centre. Lynch can break in and operate the security protocols, allowing Kane to get inside to the objective. Variety like that, instead of showing in a cutscene like the previous games, could improve the quality.
  • GarcianSmith - January 25, 2012 4:52 a.m.

    If this is true, then I wish IO all the best - The first game was flawed (quite significantly), but had a lot to like about it, namely Kane and Lynch themselves. The second had - again - nice touches (I really liked the washed out 'Youtube' feel and our protagonists were just as ace), but it suffered from some dismal level design/artistry. I really, really want them to get it right a third time. So, consider me cautiously optimistic.
  • chrisbarker1980 - January 25, 2012 4:43 a.m.

    How is this possible. Of all the games that deserve sequels, Mirrors Edge for example. Kane & Lynch gets a 3rd outing. How it got a 2nd outing is truly beyond my comprehension. Amazing.
  • MasterBhater - January 25, 2012 4:49 a.m.

    I still really, really want a Mirror's Edge 2. Thank god I'm not the only one.
  • 24Castles - January 25, 2012 5:18 a.m.

    All I want is an open world Mirrors Edge, in a bright city like the first one. With tons of side quests plus a main story. Perhaps an online racing mode. It would be the only game I would ever need.
  • Person5 - January 25, 2012 8:02 a.m.

    EA has already said there will be no Mirror's Edge 2 unfortunately. They think it failed because it had no multiplayer
  • inkyspot - January 25, 2012 4:34 a.m.

    I'm interested in those 2 puppies... the game... not so much.

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