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True Crime: Hong Kong was thought to have died with the True Crime franchise back in February 2011. That was until Square Enix announced months later it had scooped up the sandbox crime title, and would be working with its developers at United Front Games (Modnation Racers) to release the project under a new name. Skip forward to today, and Square Enix has finally revealed that new name in its a live-action trailer for “Sleeping Dogs”:

A joint project between United Front Games and Square Enix London Studios, Sleeping Dogs stars Wei Shen, an underground cop who must go underground to take down the Hong Kong Triads. The game will offer a mix of open-world fare including vehicle chases, gunplay, and street-level brawling. Of the latter, developers promise Sleeping Dogs' combat system will allow players to get their hands dirty with a wide variety of martial arts moves, or take a more creative approach by using objects in the environment.

“From the moment you pick up the controller and experience the blend of driving, close combat and shooting you know you’re playing something fresh and a bit special,” explained Square Enix London's General Manager, Lee Singleton. “Sleeping Dogs has one of the best melee combat systems out there – it’s super brutal with devastating takedown moves, and when added to UFG’s proven heritage in driving games, a first class story and the vibrant backdrop of the Hong Kong underworld we get a fiery recipe with fun written all over it.”

We've never tried a fiery recipe with fun written all over it, but it sounds spicy.

Sleeping Dogs is being developed for PS3, Xbox 360, and PC, and will land sometime in the second half of 2012. Check out the latest in-game screens below:

14 comments

  • RyoonZ - February 9, 2012 3:38 a.m.

    This looks amazing. I hope this game will be successful and SE makes a big money from it
  • KidKatana - February 9, 2012 1:27 a.m.

    Is it bad that I'm suddenly interested in this game now that Squenix are publishing? I just think Activision would have farted out a half-baked game and left it to die; it might actually flourish with a different publisher and some development guidance. If nothing else, an 'city' open world game that's set somewhere other than New York would be nice.
  • ThisIsMyFuckingThirdAccount - February 8, 2012 6:30 p.m.

    ...huh...
  • pr0tostar - February 8, 2012 5:21 p.m.

    Chinaman stole mah bike!! I'm thrilled they're reviving this. Activision's build looked great on paper, and if SE London (Just Cause 2) is involved, I think they can get it right.
  • IceBlueKirby - February 8, 2012 5:16 p.m.

    I'm really glad this game was saved, as I was looking forward to it and was let down when it was cancelled. Seeing it back on track for release has got me excited for it again.
  • taokaka - February 8, 2012 2:53 p.m.

    This is good to hear because I was quite excited for TC:HK when it was canceled but now the hype is kind of gone so I'll wait till reviews to know whether or not to get sleeping dogs.
  • Errrrbo - February 8, 2012 2:45 p.m.

    This game looks excellent. Obviously, live action trailers don't tell us much about the game, but it was awesome nonetheless, and all the prior gameplay footage looked really great. I'm not crazy about the title "Sleeping Dogs," but that's just a nitpick. Really looking forward to this game.
  • radiodeaf - February 8, 2012 1:22 p.m.

    at least the film was interesting...but still going to have to wait.
  • StrayGator - February 8, 2012 12:13 p.m.

    Put Kane and Lynch in it et voila GOTY
  • comaqi - February 8, 2012 11:41 a.m.

    Hexagonal lens flare? Sign me up and take my money!
  • inkyspot - February 8, 2012 11:35 a.m.

    I'm just glad it's still coming out. I hope it's really good.
  • wingsdjy - February 8, 2012 11:14 a.m.

    Considering that Activision canned this title because "it wasn't going to be good enough", I'm pretty skeptical on this one. Maybe it'll turn out okay, but I probably won't give it much thought until it drops to $20 or less.
  • i3atRice - February 8, 2012 4:32 p.m.

    By that they probably mean that it wasn't CoD enough. I don't know why you would be skeptical about one thing that Activision said or did, from all the per-cancellation footage this game looked very promising
  • SideOfBeef - February 8, 2012 11:11 a.m.

    I'll be interested to see how this game reviews when (if?) it comes out. Really didn't think I'd be seeing it again.

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