Sleeping Dogs screenshot
Sleeping Dogs screenshot

United Front Games would "love to make another Sleeping Dogs", the game's executive producer Stephen van Der Mescht has said, adding that the team is "really happy" that the title ended up as a new IP, rather than a True Crime game.

Discussing the story of Sleeping Dogs' resurrection in the latest issue of Game Informer, van Der Mescht stated that separating the project from the True Crime brand "was a huge relief".

"We never viewed the game as a True Crime game (although it shared similar features), but the tone we were trying to achieve was quite different," he said.

"All in all, we are really happy that we ended up back where we started with a new IP."

Sleeping Dogs, previously known as True Crime: Hong Kong, was famously dropped by original publisher Activision in early 2011.

At the time, Activision said that the game "just wasn't going to be good enough", and dropping the game would allow the publisher to "focus on the greatest opportunities that the company currently has to create the world's best interactive entertainment experiences."

Square Enix picked up the rights to the game later in the year and rebranded it, before launching it at the end of August. The game has managed to perform consistently well since, reaching the top of the UK charts in three of the four weeks it's been on sale.

"It took six months from the point of cancellation to resurrection," van Der Mescht continued. "Square approached us very soon after the cancellation, but it was a tricky deal to negotiate with a developer and two publishers."

Part of that negotiating process was in managing expectations, van Der Mescht suggested.

"Any relationship between a developer and publisher is a complex beast," he continued. "The tricky things are aligning quality expectations, understanding on both sides what the teams are capable of and where they need support.

"Square Enix London Studios were great though. We worked very hard in the beginning to set those standards and ensure that expectations were aligned."

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guyderman's Avatar


UFG would 'love' to make a Sleeping Dogs sequel

...and I would love to play it! Thoroughly enjoying Sleeping Dogs!
Posted 17:29 on 11 September 2012
MrGloomy's Avatar


I'd also like to see a sequel as Sleeping Dogs was a whole bunch off fun. Personally I'd like to see the martial arts features expanded on to maybe allow for more combat options and even specialise in martial art styles (i.e. Mui Tai, Kung Fu, Boxing or even mix disciplines to be a bit more MMA). Since I loved Saints Row 3's craziness, I'd also like to see just a little bit more humour, but it might detract from the overall tone of the story and it's characters.
Posted 09:44 on 11 September 2012
McFlange's Avatar


I have really enjoyed Sleeping Dogs and played it for around 36 hours so far getting all the collectsbles etc and for the first time sine Uncharted 2 find myself in a position to platinum a game due to lack of multiplayer trophies which I personally hate ! I'd love to see a sequel.
Posted 08:31 on 11 September 2012

Game Stats

Release Date: 17/08/2012
Developer: United Front Games
Publisher: Square Enix
Genre: Action
Rating: PEGI 18+
Site Rank: 3,157 21
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