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Square Enix Confused: Why Did Activision Ditch True Crime?

What was once True Crime: Hong Kong is now Sleeping Dogs but for a long time, the project was shelved.

A title by United Front Games, Activision was supposed to release True Crime: Hong Kong but eventually, they just dropped the idea. Since that time, Square Enix picked it back up and is now running with it; the interesting part is they seem to think they got a bargain.

Why? Because according to what S-E London's Alastair Cornish told IncGamers, the project was in "great shape."

"...when we first saw the title we were scratching our heads trying to figure out what Activision were playing at because we thought it was in great shape."

He added that they gave the developers more time, and commended United Front Games on the particular aspects of the title that were impressive. Also, with experience in the action genre this generation, Square Enix has brought some upgraded knowledge to the project, which should prove useful. True Crime has always been an interesting series; relatively well-received by critics and gamers, and always sporting a really intense, gritty, in-your-face atmosphere and style.

We'll be looking forward to Sleeping Dogs, and we hope Square Enix is right when they say the developers know what they're doing.

Related Game(s): Sleeping Dogs

Tags: true crime hong kong, true crime sequel, sleeping dogs, square enix

3/19/2012 10:27:24 AM Ben Dutka

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Comments (33 posts)

Jawknee
Monday, March 19, 2012 @ 11:49:52 AM
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My guess is that this game is going to fail hard. That's why Activision dumped it and why Square naturally picked it up.

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Ludicrous_Liam
Monday, March 19, 2012 @ 12:59:50 PM

Hahahhh...harsh, Jawk. Harsh.

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Beamboom
Monday, March 19, 2012 @ 3:17:00 PM

*rimshot!*
LOL



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frylock25
Monday, March 19, 2012 @ 3:37:23 PM

it may be funny but i also thought the exact same thing. Square Enix seems to be on a mission to fail this gen.

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Oxvial
Monday, March 19, 2012 @ 3:38:00 PM

Yes how a fail of a company like SE dare to question Activision ways.

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Naksy
Monday, March 19, 2012 @ 12:17:35 PM
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Square Enix has been confused for quite some time...

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Underdog15
Monday, March 19, 2012 @ 12:31:52 PM
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Wow. Must be exceptionally linear. Why else would they like it?

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TheCanadianGuy
Monday, March 19, 2012 @ 12:35:10 PM
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i hope it turns out alright the idea of playing an undercover cop in hong kong sounds so refreshing.

i really liked the first true crime in L.A. had alot of good ideas and a really kool dark gritty story. just didn't hold it all together but it was still a fun little game.

the 2nd one in NYC was a complete technical mess that really disappointed me.

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frostface
Monday, March 19, 2012 @ 1:31:58 PM
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The next thing we'll be hearing is it'll be a digital release instead of physical media. Sorta the same way some crappy movies just go straight to DVD.

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Beamboom
Monday, March 19, 2012 @ 3:18:27 PM

"Straight to digital" is indeed the new "straight to dvd".

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dmiitrie
Monday, March 19, 2012 @ 8:48:54 PM

Because Flower, Journey, Joe Danger, Limbo, Bastion, etc were all such crappy games, eh?

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frostface
Monday, March 19, 2012 @ 10:05:40 PM

I would try explain to you in the simplist terms dmiitrie but I don't think you have the capacity to truly comprehend the point I made.

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dmiitrie
Tuesday, March 20, 2012 @ 12:06:07 AM

Your use of a false dichotomy does not mean that I failed to understand your point. It means your point is fallacious.

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Beamboom
Tuesday, March 20, 2012 @ 5:40:12 AM

Neither of those titles went from physical to straight to digital, Dmiitrie. That was the point here.
Planned physical releases that all of a sudden changes to "straight to digital" so far has been crap. Plain and simple.

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BikerSaint
Monday, March 19, 2012 @ 2:37:00 PM
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<<<<When we first saw the title we were scratching our heads trying to figure out what Activision were playing at because we thought it was in great shape.">>>>

Sorely needed changes..........

When I first saw the title's new name, "Sleeping Dogs", I was scratching my head trying to figure out just WTF the Square Enix boneheads were thinking about because I thought the original franchise title name of "True Crime: Hong Kong" would have been perfect.

See? All fixed!!!!!!

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, March 19, 2012 @ 2:39:56 PM

I can only imagine some sort of naming rights issues.

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BikerSaint
Monday, March 19, 2012 @ 2:44:16 PM

BTW, I really hate when developers or publishers do this franchise title change shite, because now this new Sleeping Dogs title won't wind up sitting in the right spot alphabetically, right in with my collection's other True Crime franchise titles.
(Yeah, I'm anal about that)

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BikerSaint
Monday, March 19, 2012 @ 10:56:30 PM

I'm guessing my thumb's downer only owns one game, so to want a collection in alphabetical order is way above their own comprehension skillset??????.

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Beamboom
Tuesday, March 20, 2012 @ 7:54:52 AM

Dude, haven't you seen "High Fidelity"? Only newbies sort their collection alphabetically!
Sort them by atmosphere, important events in your lifes timeline, or in relation to each other, or origin, or release date, or preferably, a combination of them all. :)


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GuyverLT
Tuesday, March 20, 2012 @ 10:54:55 AM

They couldn't keep the name because they only bought THAT particular title NOT the franchise as a whole so to avoid getting a lawsuit they had to change the name. If they had bought the entire franchise then yeah they would have kept the name the same.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, March 19, 2012 @ 2:39:30 PM
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Unfortunate they had to change the name, some sales kind of depend on that. I wonder which SE studio is going to handle the further work, that will matter quite a bit.

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Underdog15
Monday, March 19, 2012 @ 7:44:38 PM

Probably the group that is SUPPOSED to be working on Versus..............

Cause... you know.... they need another distraction.

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bentl78
Monday, March 19, 2012 @ 9:45:33 PM

Uh... hello.. United Front is making the game.. not the internal studio in Japan.. what does publishing the game have ANYTHING TO DO WITH making versus.... faint

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Underdog15
Wednesday, March 21, 2012 @ 11:31:08 AM

Yeah, obviously it isn't going to be handled by the Versus staff.... Sorry, I left out my joke tags. Didn't realize they were so necessary.

Relax.

I feel like I could tell you I slept with your mother last night, and you would believe me if I didn't put in sarc or joke tags... AND you wouldn't be as offended. That's the weirdest part.

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Rogueagent01
Monday, March 19, 2012 @ 5:29:42 PM
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I don't know whether the game will be good or not, but if I had to guess I would say Activision realized they couldn't make hundreds of millions off of it and decided to just get rid of it.

This is more of a joke then a serious guess.

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karneli lll
Monday, March 19, 2012 @ 5:32:42 PM
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They release the game,it blows and then they use the stuff that couldnt fit to make...sleeping dogs 1.2 and the gamers praise it.History repeats itself.

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dmiitrie
Monday, March 19, 2012 @ 8:51:42 PM
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I don't understand all the hate for this game. As a publisher, SE has put out some quality titles, Dues Ex foremost among those. It's only as a developer that they've really put turds out.

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bentl78
Monday, March 19, 2012 @ 9:43:19 PM

I dont understand all the hate either...my thought exactly,
FFXIII-2 is a decent game.. and dues ex was fantastic.

I am totally looking forward to tomb raider and hitman..
Just because sqaurenix made ff13 and some of you people don't like it.. doesn't mean all games they publish will suck.

I was quite interested in true crime b4.. we'll c how the reviews turn out before i make a judgement to buy or not.

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Nas Is Like
Monday, March 19, 2012 @ 10:00:11 PM
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Square Enix being confused...what else is new?

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Mog
Tuesday, March 20, 2012 @ 12:29:42 AM
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I've never seen anybody scratch their head when they are confused. Does that even happen?

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___________
Tuesday, March 20, 2012 @ 4:54:28 AM
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im really looking forward to this it looks really good!
im convinced antyvision did not can it because of quality, but because they wanted to put resources elsewhere.
or maybe they had a disagreement with the developers on licensing or something.
theres certainly a hint in that now that $E has had to change the name.
why would you can a game in a series, but keep the license if you were not interested in releasing it down the line?
there obviously interested in it just not at the moment which makes you wonder why give it the green light in the first place!?

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berserk
Tuesday, March 20, 2012 @ 7:05:29 AM
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I saw the trailer for true crimes and was impressed by it then i saw the recently released trailer of sleeping dogs on PSN and was also impressed .

Now knowing that they are the same game i just can t wait to see more of it .

Not sure if i like the idea of Square being involved but it s better then it still having the cancelled status .Anyway like someone basically said , they are not bad at all as a publisher .

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Hoagie324
Thursday, March 22, 2012 @ 2:25:55 PM
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I really liked the first two True Crime titles, and I was rather excited when this was announced. Hopefully this title holds some potential and is as fun as the first two were.

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