Square Enix Releases Sleeping Dogs Trailer (Update)

Square Enix has confirmed Sleeping Dogs existence with the release of an amazing and violent live action trailer. This is True Crime: Hong Kong re-branded, which was cancelled by Activision and picked up by Square Enix. Activision still hold the rights to the True Crime franchise, so the game had to be re-branded, Sleeping Dogs now being the title.


Lee Singleton, GM of Square Enix London Studios, commented on the gameplay style.

Square Enix London Studios, a part of the Square Enix Group announces Sleeping Dogs, a gritty open-world cop drama set in the vibrant city of Hong Kong. Developed by United Front Games in collaboration with Square Enix London Studios, Sleeping Dogs will be available in the second half of 2012.

From the moment you pick up the controller and experience the blend of driving, close combat and shooting you know you’re playing something fresh and a bit special.  Sleeping Dogs has one of the best melee combat systems out there – it’s super brutal with devastating takedown moves, and when added to UFG’s proven heritage in driving games, a first class story and the vibrant backdrop of the Hong Kong underworld we get a fiery recipe with fun written all over it.”

Sleeping Dogs will release on PS3, Xbox 360 and PC.

Source: Press Release


The first official screenshots have been released.



  1. Never played a TC game but this looks amazing. I’d watch that movie. Let’s see how the game turns out.

  2. Forget the game, turn the trailer into a feature length film!

  3. If all of that is possible in the game then Sleeping Dogs will be good. :) Although, i can see Acti Suing Square for this. :S

    The trailer is bloody excellent. It’s up there with certain triple A films. :O

    • Why would Acti sue? Square legitimately bought the rights to the game after Acti cancelled it. They didn’t get the True Crime brand name though, that remains an Acti property.

      • True but i think they would file for plagrism if it ends up being too simular to their True crime game before it was cancelled. :S Hopefully, i’m wrong and noone will get into a legal battle.

      • No, Ste, they bought the rights to make the game, just not the rights to call it True Crime. This is perfectly within their rights to make, Activision can’t sue.

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