Im very curious about the specifics of how Square Enix acquired this game:
wonder if they made enough to warrant a sequel... i know it was number one, but hardly had competition.
What i know is that Activision actually put a very decent budget into this game, a lot more than what they originally intended apparently. The game was finished and United Front were very happy with the finished product - It was due to be released as 'True Crime : Hong Kong', but then Activision decided to "drop it" because it "wasnt good enough".
Square Enix then arrange a deal with United Front to pick the game up, they drop the 'True Crime' IP and re-name it Sleeping Dogs before they release it.
What i dont know, is :
- Did Square Enix have to pay Activision anything for it?
- Did the game require any more development under Square Enix?
The bottom line is, if Square Enix only had to re-brand the IP and do a bit of marketing, they've probably made fuck-load of cash on this.....
"The worst part is, I'll have to have the break-up sex with myself!"