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Square Enix Snaps Up True Crime: Hong Kong Rights

Felix Kemp
Activision, Square Enix, True Crime: Hong Kong
True Crime: Hong Kong

Square Enix Snaps Up True Crime: Hong Kong Rights

True Crime: Hong Kong was cancelled earlier this year by original publisher Activision, who clearly weren't impressed by the work being put in by United Front Games. However, the project has been plucked from oblivion by Square Enix, who've purchased the rights to the game and handed it over to their London outfit to help United Front reach the finishing line. There is a catch; it'll have to be renamed.

"When we first saw and got our hands on the game we fell in love with it," claims Square Enix London's general manager, Lee Singleton. Square's London branch worked on Just Cause 2 and Batman: Arkham Asylum, so the soon-to-be-renamed True Crime: Hong Kong is in safe hands. "When we met the team at United Front Games it was a done deal in our eyes - we instantly recognised the huge potential in the game and the team."

Singleton claims United Front's "incredible new game engine, rich new story with deep and complex characters, and gameplay features which have simply never been seen at this level in an open world game" swayed Square's hand in snapping up the rights. Incidentally, original publishers Activision have championed Square's decision, claiming they "couldn't be more thrilled".

So, with all the legal stuff out the way, United Front can get the ball rolling again. But what of the new title? We want to hear from you, Dealspwners! What should the new title be? [Gamasutra]

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