Square Enix buys rights to True Crime: Hong Kong

Monday, 1st August 2011 20:22 GMT By Johnny Cullen

Square Enix has said it has bought the rights to True Crime: Hong Kong from Activision.

Square Enix London studio Lee Singleton made the admission in an interview with Gamasutra. However, the publisher has not picked up the rights to the IP, and that the title will be rebranded to reflect otherwise.

“It’s too early to say what the name will be,” said Singleton, adding that removing the True Crime name would be “pretty straightforward.”

United Front Games are still working on the title, as it was when Activision was publishing the game before its cancelation. Singleton wouldn’t be drawn on release timings or formats, though. It was originally due to release this year for PS3, 360 and PC.

He admitted that it was a “done deal” between Square and United Front after it had seen the potential with the game from the developer.

“When we met the team at United Front Games, it was a done deal in our eyes — we instantly recognized the huge potential in the game and the team. UFG is an incredibly talented team, who have individually worked on some of the biggest games in our industry, and this talent shines through from the moment you walk in the door.”

True Crime: Hong Kong was announced back in December 2008 at the Spike Video Game Awards, and was shown various times to media, but was canned by Activision in February because it would not “be at the top” of the open-world genre, according to comments made by Activision COO Eric Hirshberg in June.



  1. Erthazus

    fucking yes.

    Activision sucks cock as always.
    Thats really great for gamers. Square Enix you are good in my eyes right now. Good job.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Maximum Payne

    I am curious for what money they bought it.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. AHA-Lambda

    oh that was surprising, good to hear :)

    #3 3 years ago
  4. YoungZer0

    Fuck yeah! Go fuck yourself Activision! I knew i was right about the potential of this game. Hope to hear more soon.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. Suikoden Fan

    as long as this doesnt turn into another brutal legend fiasco, alls good

    #5 3 years ago
  6. Razor

    Game will suck. We all know it.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. Noodlemanny

    @6 yep thats what it looked liked before it was cancelled.
    Thats probably why it was cancelled.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. Gekidami

    It really didnt look very good going off what was shown before it got canned. It’ll be interesting to see how much gets changed under Square though.

    #8 3 years ago
  9. Maximum Payne

    @8 There was one chase scene they show after cancel the game it was here on VG247 and looked cool.

    #9 3 years ago
  10. ASBI

    thats good , lets hope they make something good out of it

    #10 3 years ago
  11. Moonwalker1982

    I find it rather funny how people were calling this game crap and what not when it was still at Activision’s, it gets canned and i see alotta people go ‘noooooo…this would have been so awesome’ seriously..what the hell.

    #11 3 years ago
  12. DSB

    @8 Yup, but if people are willing to buy the game based on a bit of unconvincing footage, it’s probably worth buying, and they probably got it cheap :P

    #12 3 years ago
  13. Maximum Payne

    @11 Because its relatively new IP which look relatively good and when you see stupid games like spider man shattered dimensions going to have sequel its just….stupid.

    #13 3 years ago
  14. orakaa

    YEAHHH !!!

    #14 3 years ago
  15. BULArmy

    Evry one of the True Crime games don’t look very unconvinving, but I really like the other two games and was really looking forward for the game and was disappointed when it was cancalled. Now again I am happy :D

    #15 3 years ago
  16. NeoSquall

    fucking good news!

    #16 3 years ago
  17. SplatteredHouse

    Great outcome for United Front, and excellent news for us too! In the full Gama article, the Square Enix rep is positively beaming over the deal, game and the people working on it. :)

    Hopefully, next, some enterprising publisher will dissuade Acti from sitting on the chance of a Blur sequel.

    #17 3 years ago
  18. NeoSquall

    I hope this sells well, so UFG can bitch slap Activision and its cheap brands.

    #18 3 years ago
  19. The_Red


    Great news for devs of this game.

    #19 3 years ago
  20. Lewis247

    Sweet! I was actually looking forward to this as well.


    #20 3 years ago
  21. Moonwalker1982

    If the game is really good and worth it, i hope it sells well as well.

    #21 3 years ago
  22. Moonwalker1982

    I must retract my previous comment, i just watched this video and this looks pretty cool. I like the chasing part, we don’t have many of these games left and its good to have them among another ‘insert first person shooter game’ .

    #22 3 years ago
  23. Dralen


    I seriously hate Activision’s ideals about games right now. I’m pretty sure they have the mind set that if they don’t think the game will sell millions upon millions of copies, it’s not worth publishing.

    #23 3 years ago
  24. hypeb147

    Tighten up the controls, make the transition animations smoother, get good voice acting, and a Q1/Q2 2012 release date and voila!!

    #24 3 years ago
  25. Christopher Jack

    I really hope that it’s good enough to find critical success, that will show ActiVision :D

    #25 3 years ago
  26. Blerk

    An excellent result for United Front, for sure. Good luck to ‘em.

    And yes, it would be most amusing if this turned out to be highly-rated, top-selling game. :-)

    #26 3 years ago
  27. HuntingJake

    Just Cause: Hong Kong. Make it happen, Square.

    #27 3 years ago

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