The folks over at Square Enix have purchased the rights to United Front Games’ True Crime: Hong Kong, which was cancelled earlier this year by original publisher Activision. We told you a few months back that Activision has canned the project saying at the time that up against other similar games on the horizon, True Crime: Hong Kong just wasn’t going to be good enough so they decided to cancel it. You know what they say, one man’s junk is… well you know.
The game is currently under development at Vancouver-based UFG; the project is being managed through Square Enix London Studios, which also worked with Rocksteady Studios on Batman: Arkham Asylum and Avalanche Studios on Just Cause 2. Originally the game was set to hit PC, PS3, and Xbox 360 this November but according to Square there is no decision on what the final release date will be nor what platforms it will hit. Personally, if Square is smart I think they will just avoid this crowded portion of the rest of the year and shoot for a release around February of next year so they don’t have to compete with games like Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, Assassin’s Creed: Revelations, Saints Row: The Third and several others.
So far Square Enix has nothing but good things to say about the game and the development team saying that the game is what they called “sticky” and folks won’t want to put it down. It is interesting that Square Enix apparently sees so much potential in the game and the franchise where Activision didn’t. I suppose with the amount of money that has already been pumped into the game, Square Enix can potentially come in and with a mild investment turn a pretty durn good profit. Guess we will have to just wait and see.