True Crime

Sleeping Dogs successor announced, dubbed Triad Wars

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Sleeping Dogs took a strange trip before it hit retail shelves and digital download services. It started out as another entry in the True Crime series before Activision cancelled it in 2011. Then, Square Enix picked it up and re-branded it as a new game with developer United Front Games. Sleeping Dogs released in August 2012 with overall positive reviews, and now United Front Games is teasing a successor.

Sleeping Dogs screenshots kick crims in the face

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Last week Square Enix announced that they're bringing back True Crime under new name, Sleeping Dogs, not to be confused with the film in which Sam Neil tries to make peace between right wing factions in New Zealand. This'll be set in Hong Kong instead, and instead of peace, there are meat cleavers. You'll be able to use these, along with a selection of guns and martial arts skills, to defend yourself against the criminal factions who want you dead. Failing that, fast cars and speedboats will be on hand to help you escape in the most dramatic possible manner. It's due out later this year, and will look a little bit like this.

Sleeping Dogs: True Crime reboot set in Hong Kong, out this year

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Square have announced John Woo film: The Game, officially titled "Sleeping Dogs." It's a reboot of the True Crime series, which Square Enix picked up from Activision back in 2010. It'll be "a gritty and visceral openworld cop drama set in the vibrant city of Hong Kong." It looks a bit like GTA, except with more meat cleavers. It's out "in the second half" of this year.

The debut trailer above features a tattooed chap doing terrible things to a small army of attacking goons. Really, REALLY terrible things, with meat hooks and cleavers and bullets. We hope he sees the full might of the criminal justice system.

Judging from the new screenshots below, we'll be playing as him. If Sleeping Dogs stays true to classic Hong Kong cop dramas, he's probably an undercover cop, and one of his best cop friends is probably a criminal mole, a disparity that can only be resolved by killing everyone on both sides and then having a car chase. See one of those car chases and a good deal of shooting in these first screenshots.