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.