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Thursday, 20 February 2014

Sleeping Dogs

Sleeping Dogs

Sleeping Dogs

Sleeping Dogs, in its later stages developed at United Front Games and eventually published by Square-Enix, originally began life at Activision as "Black Lotus", an open-world crime game with a female protagonist. However, under the belief that their predominantly male target audience would not play such a game starring a woman, management demanded that the protagonist be replaced with a man, and further tied the previously-unrelated game into the then-abandoned True Crime franchise. 

Sleeping DogsHowever, due to factors such as the abysmal critical reception and sales of the last True Crime game, True Crime: New York City, and concerns over how the game would perform in the current market, the game underwent a turbulent development cycle. Initially, the game was developed at Luxoflux, but Activision halted development, only to restart the project at United Front Games. The game was initially entitled simply "True Crime", and then changed to "True Crime: Hong Kong"

Sleeping DogsActivision cancelled the title a second time in February of 2011, and the game was subsequently picked up by Square-Enix, who made the announcement on August 1st, 2011. However, because Square-Enix did not purchase the True Crime intellectual property, the game was forced to undergo one final name change. On February 8th, 2012, Square-Enix officially announced that development had been resumed, and that the game had been renamed "Sleeping Dogs". The game was released on August 14, 2012 in the US and August 17th, 2012 in Europe and Australia.

Sleeping DogsSleeping Dogs is a 2012 open world action-adventure video game developed by United Front Games in conjunction with Square Enix London Studios and published by Square Enix, released on August 14, 2012, for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360. Sleeping Dogs takes place in Hong Kong and focuses on an undercover operation to infiltrate the Triads. It is the first installment to the Sleeping Dogs series.

Sleeping DogsThe game started development as an original title, but was announced in 2009 as True Crime: Hong Kong, the third installment and a reboot of the True Crime series. As a result of the game's high development budget and delays, it was canceled by Activision Blizzard in 2011. Six months later, it was announced that Square Enix had picked up the publishing rights to the game, renamed Sleeping Dogs, without a relation to True Crime.

In October 2013, it was confirmed by United Front Games that a game, titled Sleeping Dogs: Triad Wars, set within Sleeping Dogs' universe was in production. They also confirmed that it would be the second installment to the series and published by Square Enix.

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