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Square Enix reveals Sleeping Dogs

Square Enix reveals Sleeping Dogs

True Crime HK is now Sleeping Dogs, still being developed by United Front Games and will be released by Square Enix in second half of 2012. Details, screens and live-action trailer inside.

Press release:



Square Enix Goes Undercover With Sleeping Dogs

Square Enix London Studios and United Front Games Bring Gritty, Open-World Action to the Streets of Hong Kong in Second Half of 2012


Square Enix London Studios, a part of the Square Enix Group announces Sleeping Dogs, a gritty open-world cop drama set in the vibrant city of Hong Kong. Developed by United Front Games in collaboration with Square Enix London Studios, Sleeping Dogs will be available in the second half of 2012 for the PlayStation 3 computer entertainment system, Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and Windows PC.

Sleeping Dogs catapults players into the role of undercover cop Wei Shen, tasked with taking down one of the world’s most fearsome criminal organisations from the inside... the Hong Kong Triads. As players explore the bustling and crowded Hong Kong island, 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.

Offering players an island packed with action, every street corner, market stall, harbor dock or city skyscraper can become an opportunity for intense shoot-outs, adrenaline-fuelled street races and intense, brutal martial arts combat. Featuring one of the most intuitive and imaginative combat systems, Sleeping Dogs empowers players to perform an extensive set of martial arts moves, singlehandedly taking on numerous opponents. Players perform bone-crunching kicks and combos, vicious counters and a cinematic set of environmental takedowns making use of countless real-world items from circular saws to phone booths, incinerators to refrigerator doors.

“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,” said Lee Singleton, general manager of Square Enix London Studios. “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.”

“Working on Sleeping Dogs has been such a huge passion for the team at United Front Games and we’re really pleased to be working with Square Enix London Studios,” said Stephen Van Der Mescht, executive producer at United Front Games. “The extensive experience that both studios have in creating compelling open world gameplay and rich, rewarding combat makes for a perfect partnership. Working together we’re ensuring Sleeping Dogs is the most intense and immersive game it can be.”

Trailer (EN)
Trailer (FR)

All comments

Commented on 2012-02-08 17:24:29
Impressive trailer. I hope that the game will turn out good.
Commented on 2012-02-08 17:47:12
OH YES SO HAPPY FOR THE DEVELOPERS!

When has ever a cancelled game been able to be revived? Very few cases, I'm guessing.
Commented on 2012-02-08 17:50:43 In reply to digi_matrix
Posted by digi_matrix
OH YES SO HAPPY FOR THE DEVELOPERS!

When has ever a cancelled game been able to be revived? Very few cases, I'm guessing.
it helps that it was practically finished
Commented on 2012-02-08 17:53:42 In reply to KORNdog
Posted by KORNdog
it helps that it was practically finished
Yeah, it's great that Square Enix picked them up when they did, they've been doing a great job on the Western side as a publisher like with Deus Ex.
Commented on 2012-02-08 23:06:07
Looks very interesting... Also modern Hong Kong is one of my most favorite, yet quite rare, settings.
Commented on 2012-02-09 01:59:15 In reply to digi_matrix
Posted by digi_matrix
OH YES SO HAPPY FOR THE DEVELOPERS!

When has ever a cancelled game been able to be revived? Very few cases, I'm guessing.
Wasnt Duke Nukem forever the last one? not a good omen.

I was impressed with the E3 footage of this. How well it will do though i'm not sure..especially with GTA5 hitting this year too
Commented on 2012-02-09 03:48:59
Excellent news! I was extremely bummed down when Activision canceled it. Kudos to SE.
Commented on 2012-02-09 16:50:04
10 years ago if you told me Square would someday be publishing a game like this I would've laughed and smacked you in the face. My how times change :/
Commented on 2012-02-09 18:39:07
loving that square picked this up, was gutted when acti decided to not print it even though it was ready to go to press
Commented on 2012-02-09 18:41:35
Is there any gameplay for this?
Commented on 2012-02-09 18:45:43
trailer was awesome. the game itself looks great as well (looking at the old e3 gameplay vids)

IMO if you are going to make an open world game, you gotta have a good story, otherwise it gets boring fast (cough saints row 3)
Commented on 2012-02-09 21:10:18 In reply to synce
Posted by synce
10 years ago if you told me Square would someday be publishing a game like this I would've laughed and smacked you in the face. My how times change :/
lol , so true. but certainly looks like a great game worth publishing :)
Commented on 2012-02-12 14:29:44
Well if the game turns out to be anything like that live-action trailer, I'm most certainly in.

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