This one is a surprise, I mean the last True Crime games weren’t awesome, but they were decent. Today, Activision confirmed that they are stopping development on True Crime: Hong Kong in order to “focus on the greatest opportunities that the company currently has to create the world’s best interactive entertainment experiences”. What that means, the hell if we know but it’s really a raw deal for the developers, United Front Gamers. If the name UFG sounds familiar, it should because they made one of last year’s best titles, Modnation Racers. I guess they couldn’t translate that success over to a more serious title.
Via a message on their website, UFG relayed their disappointment in Activison’s decision and let fans know that they will move on and continue to make great games.
We are sorry we did not get a chance to complete this project with Activision, but we understand why. We are both committed to doing quality games and nothing less.
Maybe we will have a chance to work together in the future, but in the meantime we are setting our creative sights on a different horizon. You can keep up with the latest developments at UFG here on our site.
During their conference call, Activision Publishing CEO Eric Hirshberg said that the decision to cancel True Crime was that they felt that only top tier open-world games would be able to compete in today’s market–and that True Crime wasn’t a top-tier game. “To be blunt, it just wasn’t going to be good enough,” he said. Damn, harsh but I can respect the honesty and the bluntness, from a business perspective its much smarter to cancel something before it cost you money that you can’t recoup. With the new Saint’s Row game on the way, the possibility of a new GTA being announced sometime soon and who knows what else I can see the logic. Check the gallery below for the last and final shots of True Crime: Hong Kong.