Square Enix London Studios has announced 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 for PS3, Xbox 360 and PC. So maybe its just us, but this game sounds a lot like True Crime: Hong Kong, which Square announced would be released under a new name last year. The same basic storyline and the same folks developing it, seems like a slick rebranding to us. But never the less, if it turns out to be good nobody will care what they call it. And to think, when word got out that Square Enix had bought the domain name everyone thought it was going to be a new Kane & Lynch game. I am really impressed with this live action trailer, but I want to see some in-game footage real soon.
Sleeping Dogs catapults players into the role of undercover cop Wei Shen, tasked with taking down one of the world’s most fearsome criminal organizations from the inside… the Hong Kong Triads. As players explore the bustling and crowded Hong Kong island, through its neon-lit side streets and sprawling street markets, an incredible story unfolds of loyalty and betrayal where Wei begins to question his own motives as he is sucked in deeper than he could ever imagine.
Offering players an island packed with action, every street corner, market stall, harbor dock or city skyscraper can become an opportunity for intense shoot-outs, adrenaline-fueled street races and intense, brutal martial arts combat. Featuring one of the most intuitive and imaginative combat systems, Sleeping Dogs empowers players to perform an extensive set of martial arts moves, singlehandedly taking on numerous opponents. Players perform bone-crunching kicks and combos, vicious counters and a cinematic set of environmental takedowns making use of countless real-world items from circular saws to phone booths, incinerators to refrigerator doors.