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True Crime: Hong Kong Has Been Redubbed Sleeping Dogs [Updated]

A few of us may be kicking ourselves for not fully expecting this, but it appears that the recent Square Enix trademark Sleeping Dogs isn’t for a new Kane & Lynch installment but is instead the new title for the resurrected True Crime: Hong Kong.  

True Crime: Hong Kong Lives On Thanks To An Unexpected Savior

These days if a game gets cancelled it’s completely dead and the only way its legacy lives on is if a developer or publisher opts to utilize some of the tech or mechanics for a completely different game.  Sony may have cancelled the PS3 title Eight Days but the tech that SCE developed lived on in other games while Sony opted to not resurrect the title later down the road.  In news that normally wouldn’t be expected to drop on a boring Monday afternoon in the Summer, Square Enix has revealed that they have picked up the rights to the cancelled True Crime: Hong Kong.

United Front Games Issues Layoffs But Things May Not Be Entirely Grim

As it was sadly expected, Vancouver based developer United Front Games has issued a series of lay-offs throughout the studio in the wake of Activision cancelling True Crime: Hong Kong.  The cancellation of True Crime: Hong Kong is still settling in amongst gamers, and the shock waves sent out by the cancellation of the game have finally made their way to United Front Games.

Activision Outlines Their New Plans (True Crime canned, new CoD service)

I think Activision has hit a new time low today while still maybe recognizing that they should improve things but at the same time looking like a completely soulless corporation.  Announced during their financial report, Activision has decided to cease development on the 2011 version of Guitar Hero along with revealing that they don’t plan to release a new iteration in the Tony Hawk Skateboarding franchise. In addition to Guitar Hero getting the axed, DJ Hero has also been given the pink slip and so have the developers behind it.

True Crime: Hong Kong Emerges From Deep Cover In These New Screens

I guess Activision may have felt generous today as the company released a few new screens of True Crime: Hong Kong, their reboot of their once popular rival to GTA.  Personally I’m excited for True Crime: Hong Kong as I flipped out when the game was announced at the Spike VGAs in 2009. But since the game was announced back in late 2009, Activision hasn’t exactly been too forthcoming about the project, more so in the wake of the games delay from Winter 2010 to Summer 2011.

New combat footage of Activision's True Crime reboot

To be honest when Activision premiered the trailer for the True Crime reboot at the Spike VGA’s in December I was hyped as hell.  Sure, True Crime never reached the same stature as GTA or even Sony’s The Getaway but I loved the first installments solid game mechanics and the somewhat silly story. Also how can you not like a game that has you using stealth to take out S&M freaks to the backdrop of a song titled “Ass & Titties”?

Details and a trailer for Activision's Black Lotus

When it comes to digging up info on unannounced or cancelled projects the Superannuation blog is pure magic. For them getting info on a game that was just teased an hour ago is as easy as pulling a rabbit out of a hat. And for that I bow my head to them for getting the goods.

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