Square Enix London's Alastair Cornish has suggested that the company were a little confused as to why Sleeping Dogs (previously titled True Crime: Hong Kong) was dropped by Activision in the first place.
"When we first saw the title we were scratching our heads trying to figure out what Activision were playing at because we thought it was in great shape," said Cornish, speaking to IncGamers.
He went on to describe what he felt the new partnership between Square Enix and developers United Front Games had given to the title.
"I think the principal thing we gave the developers was more time, as well as help them identify the areas that were looking great - the crown jewels of the game, if you will," continued Cornish. "Sometimes when you're too close to title internally you can't see the wood for the trees and you don't really recognise some of the core strengths.
"Then, having just come off of Batman: Arkham Asylum and Just Cause 2, we brought some experience with open world games and how the world works. Really, though, they already had a great handle on that and it was just a case of little bits of advice here and there to fine tune it."
Sleeping Dogs is expected to release later this year on PC, PS3, and Xbox 360.