Heads up gamers: if you’ve enjoyed the True Crime franchise from Activision, you will be pleased to hear that Square Enix is rebooting the series with the announcement of Sleeping Dogs which was revealed through a live-action trailer in the video above.
Now for a bit of background for those who might be clueless – back in 2010, Activision announced that they were canning True Crime: Hong Kong despite it being “virtually complete”, thus leaving its developer, United Front Games, without a publisher. Square Enix then stepped in, seemingly saving the day, but given how Activision had the rights to the True Crime franchise, a new name was required.
Square Enix then registered the Sleeping Dogs trademark which many had speculated would be the new Kane and Lynch title, but as it turns out, that wasn’t the case. According to Lee Singleton, GM of Square Enix London Studios:
“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. 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.”
The game is expected to arrive on the PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 later in 2012. While no specific date was mentioned, rumors are pointing at a possible release in August.