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

Wednesday, 8 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.