True Crime is Sleeping Dogs: first info, shots, live movie

Wednesday, 8th February 2012 14:00 GMT By Patrick Garratt

Confirming US leaks in the last 24 hours, Square’s unveiled Sleeping Dogs, the final form of United Front Games’ True Crime: Hong Kong. Shots, details and first video inside.

Sleeping Dogs

Started life as True Crime: Hong Kong, developed by United Front Games.

Was dropped by Activision and bought by Square Enix in 2011.

Rumoured to be rebranded as Sleeping Dogs at a US event last night.

Features a storyline in which an undercover cop attempts to take down the Triads.

Out in the second half of 2012 for PS3, 360 and PC.

It’s true: UFG’s True Crime: Hong Kong has been renamed Sleeping Dogs, and will release in the second half of this year for PS3, 360 and PC.

The game has been announced by Square Enix London Studios “in collaboration” with UFG.

Sleeping Dogs puts you in the shoes of of undercover cop Wei Shen, tasked with taking down the Triads from the inside. Typical Wednesday at work, to be honest.

The whole thing’s set on Hong Kong island, and sets itself in a story of loyalty and betrayal. Wei begins to question his own motives as he gets sucked deeper into the syndicate.

“Imaginative combat system”

“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, Square’s London Studios GM.

“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 United Front’s Stephen Van Der Mescht.

“The extensive experience both our studios have in creating compelling openworld gameplay and rich and rewarding combat makes for a perfect partnership. Working together we can make sure that Sleeping Dogs is the most intense and immersive experience it can be.”

According to Square, “every street corner, market stall, harbour dock or city skyscraper can become an opportunity for intense shoot-outs, adrenaline-fuelled street races and intense, brutal martial arts combat.”

Much is being made of the “intuitive and imaginative combat system, which includes an “extensive set” of martial arts moves and the ability to singlehandedly taking on numerous opponents. Environmental takedowns include circular saws, phone booths, incinerators and fridge doors.

Shots and a frankly mental live action trailer have been released. Get them below.

The announcement marks a tumultuous journey for the game, which was dropped by Activision Blizzard in February 2011. Square picked up the rights to the title, albeit without the True Crime IP attached, in August that year.



  1. TheBlackHole

    “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,”

    That quote is SO much fail. Driving + Combat + shooting = fresh? Bahahahahaha.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Noodlemanny

    Wow that was pretty impressive. But its Japanese so that kind of impressive is to be expected (the vid I mean).

    #2 3 years ago
  3. DSB

    Live action is so not interesting. Game or GTFO.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. YoungZer0

    @2: Did you read anything about the game? I mean the games previous title was True Crime: Hong Kong.

    Does Hong Kong sound Japanese to you?

    #4 3 years ago
  5. Erthazus

    It’s great that SE has some gigantic balls to support the product while cocksuckers like Activision care about it’s shitty military Santa Barbara series since 2003 with Skylanders and prototype.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. ManuOtaku

    Pretty much yakuza in china then, or the chinese version of yakuza if you will, well iam ok with this, i hope it turns good, especially in the fighting and shooting deparment, theres not that many games that handle those two well alongside with driving, strangehold came really close i like that game a lot, i hope this is an stepforward.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. YoungZer0

    @6: If Yakuza was like GTA, then the description would fit.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. endgame

    This looks rather interesting. Looking forward to it. Though I truly hope the PC version won’t use those low res textures.

    #8 3 years ago
  9. Noodlemanny

    Did you watch the video? Did it seem like every single person looked Japanese to you.
    Did you also notice that the lead looks oddly different from the Hong Kong clips, that may lead some to think they might have done a bit of revamping. Maybe change the location and feel of the game perhaps. I don’t know, maybe that’s just me.

    #9 3 years ago
  10. Noodlemanny

    It doesn’t really matter since United Front Games seems to be based in Canada.

    #10 3 years ago
  11. Da Man

    NYC was really terrible I thought, there was so much wrong with that game. For something that tried so hard to be a Gta it lacked essentially in everything, the mini games were boring, there was hardly anything fun to do in that pointlessly huge city.. It was really empty and tedious. Never played TC LA but I presume it wasn’t much different.

    The Scarface game was much better.

    #11 3 years ago
  12. DSB

    @9 You should probably read the actual post.

    “Sleeping Dogs puts you in the shoes of of undercover cop Wei Shen, tasked with taking down the Triads from the inside.”

    “The whole thing’s set on Hong Kong island”

    Triads, Wei Shen, Hong Kong Island, Chinese signs in the screenshots.

    You do the math.

    @11 Yeah, I don’t really see a lot of reasons to get excited about this, especially at this point.

    Scarface was a lot better than I expected. It wasn’t there, but it had potential.

    #12 3 years ago
  13. Lounds


    La was a good game I completed all 3 or 4 endings, I loved it.

    #13 3 years ago
  14. Lounds

    If the game is as good as that video I’m in.

    #14 3 years ago
  15. fearmonkey

    What I remember the most about True Crime:La is going down sunset blvd to the beach in the game, which is a long trip. Then a month later, driving down the real sunset blvd and seeing how well the game did :) It did a good job with the tech they had at the time, it was based on the real maps of LA so it was fun to do it.

    #15 3 years ago
  16. Lounds

    I used to ride down there and ride off the cliff to jump the beach houses.

    #16 3 years ago
  17. YoungZer0

    @16: … but then you took an arrow to the knee, right? -.-

    #17 3 years ago

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