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Sleeping Dogs Announced With Explosive Live Action Trailer

February 8, 2012 Written by Sebastian Moss

After a talkative retailer revealed Square Enix title Sleeping Dogs, the publisher has officially announced the game, along with releasing a fast-paced live-action trailer.

Described as “a gritty and visceral openworld cop drama set in the vibrant city of Hong Kong”, Sleeping Dogs is the new name for True Crime: Hong Kong, as suspected. Developed by ModNation Racers studio United Front Games, with the help of Square Enix London Studios, you play as undercover cop Wei Shen, who is tasked with taking down the Hong Kong Triads from the inside – something that apparently sucks Wei in and makes him begin to question his own motives. You will be able to explore Hong Kong island in the open-world game, with street corners, market stalls, harbour docks and city skyscrapers accessible.

The announcement came with an impressive martial arts live action trailer that wouldn’t be out of place in a Hollywood movie:

While the trailer is well made and definitely enjoyable, it obviously doesn’t really reveal much about the game.

Lee Singleton, General Manager of Square Enix London Studio, commented on the reveal:

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.

Stephen Van Der Mescht, Executive Producer at United Front Games, added:

Working on Sleeping Dogs has been such a huge passion for the team at United Front Games and we’re really pleased to be working with Square Enix London Studios. The extensive experience both our studios have in creating compelling openworld gameplay and rich and rewarding combat makes for a perfect partnership. Working together we can make sure that Sleeping Dogs is the most intense and immersive experience it can be.

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