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Remember True Crime: Hong Kong? I do. I was still a GameStop employee and remember hanging up the posters for it. Then there was the trailer for it. I couldn’t care less about whatever game we were supposed to be pushing that week. I wanted to tell people about True Crime: Hong Kong. Such was my excitement that low-legged kicking and indescribable action noises would appear from me as I explained the game to them. I saw it as a combination of the older True Crime titles mixed with the style of Wheelman and storyline from the movie Internal Affairs — which is the original that Martin Scorsese’s The Departed was remade from. I was pumped, the customers were pumped; our bodies were ready.
Then a sad day came: True Crime was cancelled in February of 2011.
In today’s climate, when a game is cancelled its never seen again, but True Crime became an exception; the game was acquired by Square Enix in August. It would no longer be named True Crime because Activision owns that IP, but the story and gameplay behind it are the same. Square also rescued the developer, United Front Games. Color me excited.
Jump to present day. A Canadian retailer at an event held by PlayStation tweeted a joyous thing: “#squareenix reveals #sleepingdogs August 2012. PS3, X360, PC. Pre-Order Soon.” Could it be that game I lusted for over two years ago? It could… and it is! True Crime: Hong Kong is now Sleeping Dogs and soon
I we all will be able to have it. To go along with the name reveal there is a live action trailer featured below.
(My body is ready again.)
Square Enix London Studios is proud to announce the upcoming release of Sleeping Dogs, a gritty and visceral open-world cop drama set in the vibrant city of Hong Kong.
Developed by United Front Games, Sleeping Dogs catapults players into the role of undercover cop Wei Shen. His mission: taking down the Hong Kong Triad from the inside.
As players explore the bustling and crowded island of Hong Kong, through its neon-lit side streets and sprawling street markets, an incredible story unfolds of loyalty and betrayal, where Wei begins to question his own motives as he is sucked in deeper than he could ever imagine.