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Yes, Square Enix’s Sleeping Dogs Is True Crime: Hong Kong

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Yesterday, Square Enix announced a new title — Sleeping Dogs — slated for release on the PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. We suspected this game might be the title formerly called True Crime: Hong Kong, and it turns out that it is.

 

Set in Hong Kong, Sleeping Dogs has you playing as Wei Shen, an undercover cop attempting to take down the Hong Kong triads from the inside. Last year, we shared pages from the game’s script, which give a good idea of the tone of its story.

 

Sleeping Dogs is being developed by United Front Games in partnership with Square Enix London Studios. Prior to being picked up by Square Enix, True Crime: Hong Kong was cancelled by Activision. While Square picked up the rights to the game itself, they didn’t buy the rights to the True Crime brand, which is why the game has a different title now.

 

Square Enix will release Sleeping Dogs in the second half of 2012. You can watch a new live-action announcement trailer for the game above.

Ishaan Sahdev
Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and wrote the book "The Legend of Zelda - A Complete Development History". He also used to moonlight as a professional manga editor. These days, his day job has nothing to do with games, but the two inform each other nonetheless.