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: