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Sleeping Dogs Sequel A Possibility, Fan Feedback Crucial

Matt Gardner
Dan Sochan, Open world, Sandbox games, sequel, Sleeping Dogs, Square Enix, United Front Games

Sleeping Dogs Sequel A Possibility, Fan Feedback Crucial

United Front Games' open-world tale of undercover cop Wei Shen drops next week, and apparently Square Enix have hinted at the possibility of turning the game into a franchise should it do well, provided that the fans are happy.

We chatted to producer Dan Sochan earlier in the week about whether or not the developers had considered the possibility of a Sleeping Dogs franchise, and where they thought the series could potentially go.

[Square Enix] clearly believe in it," Sochan said. "I mean they've talked about it possibly becoming a franchise for them. [...] I think that they've helped establish this game's identity, and helped to differentiate between the large number of other open-world games out there, so we're not just going to be buried by the large number of sequel titles coming out later this year.

"So there are elements they've brought in to try and ensure a long tail, that there are reasons to come back to the game even after you've finished the main story, and maybe put us in a position where we can make a sequel if the game does well."

Sochan suggested that if there were to be a sequel, then securing fan feedback would be of great importance.

"I think that there are a lot of different ways in terms of where we could take the series," he continued. "Right now we 're hoping that the fans continue to show excitement for the product. More than anything else, though, we want feedback. We don't just want to say 'Ok...this is how we see a Sleeping Dogs 2 going'.

"We want to hear what gamers think, what aspects of the game they enjoyed the most, we want them to be able to go 'If you do a sequel, you should totally do this...' and so on. So of course we've considered it, and we'll have to see how Sleeping Dogs does, but this is new ground for us and so we really want to make sure that the fans are happy."

Sleeping Dogs releases next week and you can check out our full interview with Dan later today.

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jwade80  Aug. 31, 2012 at 18:56

I think in the next one u should have the triad hunt wei try to kill him follow him bk to the States kill his whole family and have him go completely renegade for revenge and have donnie yen do action for the fight mechanics

Etj3  Aug. 31, 2012 at 18:56

More martial arts moves, maybe moral decisions in game, and maybe introduce helicopters or planes

NYdogs  Aug. 31, 2012 at 19:10

I would love for there to be a sequel to the game. It's astonishing and I can already see how more evolved it can become so you have a fan for life now please keep the franchise of sleeping dogs alive to the world

RyunWould  Aug. 31, 2012 at 19:14

I'm just wondering if anything is going to be done with the center of the map!?

Also, could I have custom color options on clothing?

Could you please slow down some of the motorcycles? I feel like I'm all over the place with these things.

I'm glad the game doesn't have a huge emphasis on gun play but with that said, I need a slew of melee weapons. Knives and batons are great, but why can't I use trash cans/bags, maybe a loose parking meter?

Lastly I'd like to thank Square Enix for keeping this game alive, UFG for developing a world worth visting, and Queen for writing Dragon Attack.

onetwo27  Aug. 31, 2012 at 19:25

Hell ya .... We would love to see Wei Shen again :) But this time please give us something big and would keep us hooked to the game for a whole long time ... like more missions... more open world awesomeness :) If its named Sleeping Dogs i will buy it for sure :)

Im happy that each and every penny i put to buy this game as turned out fruitful :)

Thanks Square Enix and United Front Games :)

JOZA113Q17  Aug. 31, 2012 at 19:30

Hello. My name is Joe and I've been playing video games for 22 years (I'm only 25 now) and have played such an uncountable number of games. But even my most highly anticipated games, of which some I had to wait nearly 2 years to play, I found difficult to put more than 5 or 6 hours in at a time. I popped in Sleeping Dogs after only hearing about it 2 months before release and had been too busy to follow much of anything. I have to tell you though that I put in 12 hours my first day with it and 18 hours the 2nd day until I beat it, ha ha. I couldn't stop myself. I only rented it from Redbox as well and even though I've now beaten it and done almost everything in the game, I plan on going out and buying it still at $65 bucks (That's tax included) just to play it again and again. Truly an amazing game that made me feel like somebody different and I loved the lack of guns and increase in hand-to-hand combat. I really hope you do make it a franchise and when it's done, explore more avenues of the same material. Focusing on the hand-to-hand combat also made it feel believable rather than taking 30 bullets throughout a fight and being fine. I would also love to see an addition in a sequel to the gym or martial arts where the player maybe gets a choice of moves or styles and can train in the gym to increase things like health and strength. I won't push too many ideas, as you're the artists and I'm the consumer but those are things I have always wanted more focus on in video games and thought it would be cool to lift weights or hit a bag for awhile or even to do sit ups and jogging to increase my speed. One more thing that would be cool would be a little more exploration into the cop universe and the dating universe. A selection of girls to date would be great just to add to it and maybe even throw in something where whoever the player chooses gets taken hostage or something, making it personal. As for the cop universe, I would really have appreciated the ability to arrest people or even ticket people, ha ha. Maybe dress up as a normal cop, turn on my sirens and have the NPC pull over, get out and go write them a ticket. Chase down random criminals in environmental random events sort of thing. That would also tie into the experience meters as you could overcharge for a ticket to make a few extra bucks or plant drugs for the sake of pinning someone who was otherwise innocent and be crooked or clean. These would be great additions I think. I also loved at the end of Sleeping Dogs when Wei mentions that he finally feels like he's home and you're left with the subtle response of the other officer that leaves you feeling that Wei is more criminal than cop. At least that was my understanding of it. Thank you in advance for taking the time to read this and hopefully respond.

I just want to add quickly that I appreciate the accuracy and research you put into the game. It payed off.

Keep up the good work. Please make a sequel. Ha ha.

Your Loyal Fan

Last edited by JOZA113Q17, Aug. 31, 2012 at 19:38
JoBot8000  Aug. 31, 2012 at 19:45

I think UFG have set themselves an incredibly solid foundry for future Sleeping Dogs titles, I am in love with this game and the virtual Hong Kong they created. I would love to see Wei Shen return and for the sequel to remain in the HK area. Maybe expand it a bit more, add more things to do during downtime (especially with touristy places like Victoria Peak, and for the love of god, get rid of that horrid gate blocking the view!), more shops would be cool, to take pictures with your phone should be a must. I think the story was fantastic and the whole experience was immensely fun/awesome, my only real criticism is that once you 100% the game, there is very little to do. Replaying missions is a great addition though, but I'd love to see a way to replay cases and smaller favours and jobs. Add cheats to liven things up and generally give us more to do once we've done everything, possibly expand much more on the cop mechanic, give us free roam, random crimes to solve.

Either way, I adore Sleeping dogs and thank you UFG for delivering one of the best games of this generation!

koolguy978  Aug. 31, 2012 at 19:58

Have an arsenal of weapons in the trunk of your car including the tire iron!

Strikesback  Aug. 31, 2012 at 20:00

For start,the gang fights have to get bigger at some point when the triads going on each other. doing multiple work to climb up the ladder, blackmail, loan shark, kidnapping, bodyguarding both side, driver, stealing parts for garage, a office for recruiting all kind of things: girls, gangs, snitch,facial change, apartment change, furniture for all interior clubs, office, home. endless things to do to keep the fans busy!

nox108  Aug. 31, 2012 at 20:22

move it to the usa. 1970 Maybe triad vrs mafia. in either ny or san fran. or maybe a far throw back 1880 traid vrs manchu vrs opium traders.

wei  Aug. 31, 2012 at 20:23

Next sequel could you add more cases this time? There weren't a lot of them

TheGreekNinja94  Aug. 31, 2012 at 20:34

Add character customisation hair styles and make a second one in Japan about yakuza and add a new character and make it co-up and the first one and if the second one aswell and please don't forget for character customisation

executioner  Aug. 31, 2012 at 21:00

It would be nice if you could purchase weapons in the game, nothing big though just to keep things interesting, for example buy pistols or other weapons that Wei can stow away.

Also how cool would it be if you could buy the outfit Wei wears during the "High Speed" mission, and as a bonus you could have it that the Triads shoot on site if they see you in that gear!

The map should be larger and more diverse, at first I felt lost in all the architecture but eventually I found myself seeing certain areas that seemed to look the same.

Its nice being able to buy cars and motorbikes, and having a valet on call. But it would be so much better if you could buy boats and helicopters and when you call the valet an options menu pops up and you're able to choose which vehicle you want, rather than having one set vehicle.

For a sequel the action shouldn't just stay within Hong Kong, the Triads should chase Wei away and then continue to hunt him and make those closest to him suffer. (It's a bit dark considering all those he cared for died and his mum might be the only person left)

Also more missions, more moves, more explosions, more .. EVERYTHING!

KKK15  Aug. 31, 2012 at 21:06

Make it longer, that's about it, it was a beastly game otherwise.

jazztec  Aug. 31, 2012 at 21:14

More combat choice - I.e a kick and punch button. So that you can. Choose your moves and string combos together instead of just hitting x. Giving ondivual personality to combat.

The ability to call a taxi to come you wherever

Takoshi88  Sep. 1, 2012 at 02:10

Okay, firstly, loved the game, I don't normally pay full price for a game and the day it comes out, but Sleeping Dogs was worth every cent.

I'm really excited to see Square-Enix thinking about a sequel, but there are a few things that I believe the sequel can't be without, firstly, the parkour/ freerunning system, it's really awesome to be able to vault/slide and leap over obstacles, but not being to do it at will is abit of a pain (make a jump button)

Second, music playlist, I was over the moon to see a roadrunner records radio station, and although not many of the songs took my fancy, it'd be awesome to have a larger song-list and a create-your-own playlist feature.

Lastly, USA, I can't speak for everyone else, but I can speak for a small majority when I say, move it to America, and you will have killed the game, Hong-Kong action cinema can't really exist outside China.

Ok, besides all of that, just keep most of the old Sleeping Dogs we know and love and this Sequel will have yet another buyer...

JayJayDank  Sep. 1, 2012 at 04:03

This game didn't look all that exciting at first, But when I saw some actual gameplay I was pretty excited for every little aspect of the game. I love the combat and how guns aren't your primary source of getting the job done. I specially love the big chases you have to do during the story, and the huge variety in clothing and vehicles. I'd say it's a very unique game, Honestly this game has the potential to compete with the Grand Theft Auto franchise. A sequel would be a definite must have for my collection. Although I already like the game as it is, the map is huge and the possibilities are endless as this ruthless undercover cop, But in the next game, airplanes and helicopers are a must, and the cars need a little more detail when they get beat up. Honestly, the game could stay the way it already is, Just give me another story to beat, I just love this game and I barely beat the story today. Ima beat it again after I reach 100%. I recommended this game to all of my friends on psn, this game doesn't look all that good at first, But once you start playing, there's no stopping. I really loved the story, if there is going to be a sequel, just hurry up and get to work on it because I can't wait to play. I won't be getting bored of this game anytime soon, I love how you can interact with almost everything in your environment like drinking soda out of your fridge, and washing your face to clean your outfit, or just normal environment kills on your opponents. I am more that satisfied with my purchase, I was going to wait until the price dropped, But i'm so glad I didn't. And to anyone that cares... Add me on PSN "trane818" ^-^

BnQ78  Sep. 1, 2012 at 08:47

This game is fantastic...my only complaint is that, having pre-ordered it, I had the Triad Enforcer Pack and the Police Protection Pack...then they just disappeared!....message said content was missing from my saved game, which would be resolved when it was reloaded...except still no content...especially miss the Triad Enforcer car!

ajessop1  Sep. 2, 2012 at 14:31

I think in the next one u should have the triad hunt wei try to kill him follow him bk to the States kill his whole family and have him go completely renegade for revenge and have donnie yen do action for the fight mechanics

I think in the next one they should keep jackie and make him his partner and his friend to help him. my comments on this one are very pleased with it i like the fact its not all gang work and you can do police work it and the fact you can offer help to civilians


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