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Square: Activision "Crazy" For Giving Up True Crime: Hong Kong

Matt Gardner
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Square: Activision "Crazy" For Giving Up True Crime: Hong Kong

Square Enix's upcoming, Eastern-flavoured, action-packed TPS Sleeping Dogs was, of course, originally the Activision-owned True Crime: Hong Kong, until the Big A let the game go, a move that Square Enix US' boss has labelled "crazy".

“The game was, in a sense, discovered. I’m making air quotes: ‘discovered’ by the folks in Wimbledon,” said ’Mike Fischer, the president and chief executive of Square Enix US. “The minute they showed it to us, we really felt like we had found a diamond in the rough.

“Obviously the game was originally True Crime: Hong Kong from Activision. I can’t speak to why they let that go. I’m not going to speculate on their behalf. All I know is, they’ve gotta be crazy. Because this game is just fantastic."

Good timing for a little bit of big talking, with E3 just around the corner. But Fischer points towards the "scale and scope" of the game, and compares his company's acquisition with some of the cream of gaming's current crop.

“The scale and scope of the game really encompasses all of everything you’d want to do in Hong Kong," he said. "The acting, the story, the characters are very deep.

“There’s clearly a lot of inspiration from [the movies] The Departed and Infernal Affairs. You play an undercover cop who starts to feel mixed loyalties. But the open world feels like Arkham City, the combat feels as good as a fighting game, the driving is as good as a Need for Speed, and the story is every bit as rich as compelling as a Mass Effect. All in one game."

Fischer also noted a similarity between Sleeping Dogs and Dead Island, suggesting that the former is shaping up to be a sleeper hit like the latter.

“In a sense it reminds me a little bit of Dead Island, which Square Enix America did the sales and distribution for. Nobody had heard of that game coming into E3, and in the U.S. alone it sold over 2 million units. It’s great to have a sleeper."

Of course, both having kickass trailers helps too. Sleeping Dogs will emerge this August. [VentureBeat]

Add a comment2 comments
socialjeebus  May. 28, 2012 at 16:00

It does look pretty good and as a frequent traveler to Hong Kong, I've always thought it would make an awesome location. Hoping I'll be able to have shoot-outs from the 'ding-dings'

StolenDiagram  May. 28, 2012 at 19:30

Crazy? But the first game was **** - a pale imitation of GTA. I foresee exactly the same thing occurring with this sequel.

Square Enix would like to talk crazy would they? Crazy would be shoddy direct sequels to XIII and a shoddy direct sequel to X. Still, I'm glad they didn't come out with a direct video game sequel to VII and VI - their memories deserve better than to be tarnished by mediocrity.

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