Square Enix has today officially unveiled Sleeping Dogs, a “gritty” and “visceral” openworld cop drama set in Hong Kong.
If that sounds familiar, well, it’s because the game was known as True Crime: Hong Kong before it was dropped by Activision.
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, Xbox 360 and PC.
Sleeping Dogs puts you in the virtual shoes 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.
Lee Singleton, General Manager of Square Enix London Studios stated:
“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. 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.”
Stephen Van Der Mescht, Executive Producer at United Front Games added:
“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. 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.”
With Grand Theft Auto V on the horizon, Sleeping Dogs sounds like a very interesting alternative. Who knows, it might even turn out to be better than Rockstar’s title. Don’t tell anyone we said that though!
Check out the live action trailer and screenshots below, then be sure to let us know what you think.