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Sleeping Dogs release date announced

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Square Enix has announced that its upcoming open world cop drama, Sleeping Dogs, will be released August 17, 2012 in the UK and August 14, 2012 in North America. Pre-ordered special edition retail versions will include extra content, and exclusive content for the downloadable PC version will be announced at a later date.

Wait, what is Sleeping Dogs? I thought I'd never ask that for you! Sleeping Dogs is a recently-announced game in development by United Front Games and Square Enix London Studios. It's actually been around for a while—it's a True Crime reboot (remember True Crime: Hong Kong (opens in new tab) ?) which Square Enix describes as "a gritty open world cop drama set in the vibrant city of Hong Kong." So, GTA in Hong Kong?

"Featuring an intuitive and imaginative combat system, Sleeping Dogs empowers players to perform an extensive set of martial arts moves, single-handedly taking on numerous opponents," reads the press release. "Players perform bone-crushing 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."

So, GTA in Hong Kong with martial arts? Woo! OK, so that's probably an unfair oversimplification, but my "woo" stands.

Tyler grew up in Silicon Valley alongside Apple and Microsoft, playing games like Zork and Arkanoid on the early personal computers his parents brought home. He was later captivated by Myst, SimCity, Civilization, Command & Conquer, Bushido Blade (yeah, he had Bleem!), and all the shooters they call "boomer shooters" now. In 2006, Tyler wrote his first professional review of a videogame: Super Dragon Ball Z for the PS2. He thought it was OK. In 2011, he joined PC Gamer, and today he's focused on the site's news coverage. After work, he practices boxing and adds to his 1,200 hours in Rocket League.